Kerstin Paillard

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Kc Paillard Bio

Kerstin Paillard was born 1977 in Paris, France and raised between Stockholm, Sweden and South of France. She lives and works between Nice, France and Stockholm, Sweden.

Kerstin Paillard began painting at an early age, always attuned to the ways that colour and light merged with thought itself. She continuously refines and extends the traditions of lyrical abstraction. Experimenting the processes and the limits of the dry pastel, she brings together the immediacy of Abstract Expressionism and the overall consistency of form and process of the Colour Field Painting and the intuitive gesture of the Action Painting (Helen Frankenthaler, Rothko, Pollock).

Since childhood, she has felt divided between the introspective, solitary culture of the vast Swedish landscapes and the more emotive character of the French and her artworks embodies this personal sense of ambivalence. Her abstract paintings are the expression of her fascination for colors and forms, skies and landscapes, the mysterious atmosphere of the North and the brightness of the South. In her early works from the 1990s, she started using dry pastels that she experienced and juxtaposed on different medias, with various densities and layers, repeating vertical gestures. These led to related colour fields works on linen canvas. To preserve the brightness and deepness of the pure pigments, and to heighten the effect of each colour, she developed a unique process of varnishing the pastels on the canvas by applying the mixture in many thin layers, in order to get a finish comparable to an oil painting.

Kerstin Paillard creates paintings notable for their luminosity, texture, and sculptural presence. She has constructed a visual trope about interiority, introspection and how mental process can bring about greater communal expressiveness.


Statement

In my work I try to offer a painterly meditation on the human psyche, drawing upon my experiences with the landscapes of Sweden and France. My work is meant to facilitate individual introspection through the use of abstract, haptic forms and a limited colour palette. I am interested in ideas of interiority and how the individual relates to the collective in an increasingly isolated world. I want to remind the viewer how much natural and built environments dictate the development of self, and that emotion, inward reflection, and the subconscious play a crucial role in creating a sense of belonging.

The paintings are only made of pure pigments from the dry pastels that I crush, smash and smear on the canvas. My process is physical and tactile, engaging all of my body and senses. I paint laying on the floor, I need to feel near and part of the painting, working from the four sides, walking around the canvas and literally being in the painting. The gesture is intense and specific, the pace high, the composition completed in my mind, the work is made in one sitting and the degrees of separation between feeling and fulfilment are narrow. This physical process combined with an experimental painting technique, that vacillates between structure and intuition and allows for the unexpected to appear, is comparable to the primitive dances, where the orchestrated movements are countered by spontaneity and chance.

In my work I try to offer a painterly meditation on the human psyche, drawing upon my experiences with the landscapes of Sweden and France. My work is meant to facilitate individual introspection through the use of abstract, haptic forms and a limited colour palette. I am interested in ideas of interiority and how the individual relates to the collective in an increasingly isolated world. I want to remind the viewer how much natural and built environments dictate the development of self, and that emotion, inward reflection, and the subconscious play a crucial role in creating a sense of belonging.

The paintings are only made of pure pigments from the dry pastels that I crush, smash and smear on the canvas. My process is physical and tactile, engaging all of my body and senses. I paint laying on the floor, I need to feel near and part of the painting, working from the four sides, walking around the canvas and literally being in the painting. The gesture is intense and specific, the pace high, the composition completed in my mind, the work is made in one sitting and the degrees of separation between feeling and fulfilment are narrow. This physical process combined with an experimental painting technique, that vacillates between structure and intuition and allows for the unexpected to appear, is comparable to the primitive dances, where the orchestrated movements are countered by spontaneity and chance.

I am moved by colour relationships, but I don’t want my pictures appreciated solely for their spectral qualities. I’m interested in expressing strong emotions and deep feelings, creating a meaningful dialogue with the spectators. With my work I want to immerse and envelop the viewers in a particular atmosphere, filled with emotions and thoughts. With this intangible and emotional experience I want to encourage introspection, critical examination of self and reflection. An Art Residency (during summer and fall 2018) in Lapland in the North of Sweden, led me to create a body of work called Laponia, a series of artworks composed of several interconnected paintings and drawings inspired by the light, the skies, the colours, the nature and the people of Laponia. I experienced limitless views and endless landscapes, a feeling of freedom, serenity, solitude and an awareness of the place of human beings in their environment, their identity in a fragmented and more and more isolated and individualistic world.

EDUCATION

Kc Paillard has studied Fine Arts in Vallauris (France) for 1 year, in order to get a classic formation. Then she studied Contemporary Art in Nice (France) during 4 years. Eventually, she obtained a Master degree in Art History at the University of Montpellier (France) after 5 years. Her master’s thesis were about Graffiti and Street Art (4th year) and Scandinavian Design (5th year).

EXHIBITION

Solo exhibitions

Céleste, Gallery Studio Four Seasons, Stockholm, Sweden, 2018
Dreamscape, Redsheep Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017
Dreams, Gallery Studio Four Seasons, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016
Pastel, Gallery Riddaren, Stockholm, Sweden, 2015
Couleurs, Gallery Atelier 109, Cannes, France, 2014
Konst är Kul, Handelsbanken, Nice, France, 2013
Black&White, Indoor Gallery, Nice, France, 2012
Colorama, Gallery Art sur Cour, Antibes, France, 2012
Couleurs du Nord, Gallery Atmosphère, Antibes, France, 2011
SSS, Acerma, Paris, France, 2010

Group exhibitions

Spring Fair (Vårsalong), Gallery Backlund, Göteborg, Sweden, 2019
FRESCO Foundation, The Nova Prize Exhibition, HRY Space, New York, USA, 2019
To Believe or not to Believe, That is the Thing, Gallery Art Nou Mil.lenni, Barcelona, Spain, 2019
Miami Art Show, Van Gogh Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain, 2019
December Group Show, Gallery Art Nou Mil.lenni, Barcelona, Spain, 2018
Aqua Art Miami Art Fair with Van Gogh Art Gallery, Aqua Hotel, Miami Beach, USA, 2018
In Situ Art Fair, Youth Center, Skopje, North Macedonia, 2018
The Other Art Fair Brooklyn with Saatchi Art, Brooklyn Expo Center, New York, USA, 2018
The Other Art Fair L.A with Saatchi Art, The Majestic Downtown, Los Angeles, USA, 2018
Affordable Art Fair Stockholm with Redsheep Gallery, Nacka Strandmässa, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017
Biennale di Genova with Satura Art Gallery, Satura Art Gallery, Genova, Italy, 2017
Paratissima International Contemporary Art Fair, Hyperspace, The Youth Center, Skopje, North Macedonia, 2017
Stockholm Art Fair, Lavalhallen, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017
Il Dopofiera with Satura Art Gallery, Satura Art Gallery, Genova, Italy, 2017
Gallery Nybroviken, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017
Art Expo Genova (Arte Genova Contemporary Art Fair 2017) with Satura Art Gallery, Fiera di Genova, Genova, Italy, 2017
Paratissima International Contemporary Art Fair, To The Stars, Torino Esposizione, Torino, Italy, 2016
Deeloop Art Fair, Luftkastellet, Limhamn, Sweden, 2016
Stockholm Art Fair, Lavalhallen, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016
L’Envol, Nice Côte d’Azur, Nice, France, 2015
Swedish Art Biennale – KoBi 15, Nice, France, 2015
Art en Capitale, Grand Palais, Paris, France, 2014
Sang Neuf au 109, Gallery Atelier 109, Cannes, France, 2014
Rencontre des Arts, Chapelle Villefranche sur Mer, France, 2014
Autour du Noir, Gallery Atelier 109, Cannes, France, 2013
Summer exhibition, Gallery Atelier 109bis, Tourettes le Var, France, 2013
Swedish Art Biennale – KoBi 13, Nice, France, 2013
Cent Œuvres pour une Œuvre, Palm Beach, Cannes, France, 2012
Summer exhibition, Gallery Atelier 109bis, Tourettes le Var, France, 2012
Diptyques, Gallery Art sur Cour, Antibes, France, 2012
L’Art à l’Oeil, Gallery Atelier 109, Cannes, France, 2011
Nordic Design & Art, Gallery Atmosphere, Antibes, France, 2011

AWARD

FRESCO Foundation, Nova Prize 2019, New York, USA, 2019

ART RESIDENCY

Ateljé A-M, Västra Örträsk, Sweden, Fall 2018
Ateljé A-M, Västra Örträsk, Sweden, Summer 2018
Edö Art, Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden, Summer 2017

PUBLICATION

Art Reveal Magazine, Interview, no.46, April 2019 [pages 72-76]; ISBN 9780368731464, London, UK, 2019 FRESCO Magazine (publication accompanying the foundation’s research projects), Winners of Nova Prize 2019, New York, USA, 2019
Permanent Gravity (album cover), Fast Friends, Paris, France, 2019
Wotisart Magazine (portfolio magazine), #23 February 2019, London, UK, 2019
Future Flesh (album cover), Oddzoo, Paris, France, 2018
Unknown Homes (album cover), Fast Friends, Paris, France, 2018
The Heroine’s Journey by Peter de Kuster (blog), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2017
Glint of Gold (single cover), Filago, Paris, France, 2017
Thimister (promotional album cover), Filago,Paris, France, 2016
Det ser sort ud – men det er det ikke (book), Ordskaelv, Hygge Factory, Copenhagen, Danemark, 2012
Today Again Tomorrow (album cover), Starboard Silent Side, Paris, France, 2012
Because Our Friendship Was Meant To Sail (album cover), Starboard Silent Side, Paris, France, 2010