Ives Crenn “Variations”

Axelle Fine Arts

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AXELLE FINE ARTS GALERIE presents “Variations”, a solo exhibition of new works by French artist Yves Crenn. Crenn’s work is distinguished by his delicate and sensitive depictions of women, landscapes and still-lifes in watercolor and pastel on paper. Crenn’s work has been very successful both in the US and abroad. Since his first solo exhibition in 2004, Crenn has had several solo exhibitions at the Duchoze Galerie in Rouen and at galleries in New York City, Boston, Paris and Germany. He had a successful solo show at ArtLondon 2010 and his work was part of an exhibition at the Panorama Museum in Leipzig, Germany the same year. “Variations”, Crenn’s 4th exhibition at Axelle, will feature a collection of new pieces in his characteristic style, including busy cityscapes softened by his masterful handling of light, color and texture.

Crenn was greatly affected by a visit to Pompeii at a young age where he saw ancient frescoes, architecture and human remains perfectly preserved in the ashes. This influence is still evident in his recent work; his texture and color palette recall classical antiquity. Crenn’s work is characterized by the subtle haze and soft glow he gives to his subjects; his pieces appear to be seen through the fog of memory. His choice of natural, warm colors and classic subjects, such as female nudes, allows his compositions to be quiet yet powerful pieces that are both ageless and emotive.

Born in 1969 in France, Crenn was encouraged by his family from an early age to explore his passion for drawing. In 1990, at the age of 21, Crenn enrolled at Les Beaux Arts de Rouen, where he studied oil painting and drawing for six years. After graduating in 1996, he participated in several group exhibitions throughout France. In 2003, Crenn discovered that by replacing oil paint and dry pastel with a combination of watercolor and pastel he could create unique textural effects, as well as provide smooth color transitions. This quickly became his media of choice as a means of expressing his perception of the world and has made his work unmistakable. His work has received consistently positive reviews from art journals such as Miroir de l’art, Vernissage, Verso, Pratiques des Arts and Artension. Crenn currently lives and works in Rouen, France.

[Image: Ives Crenn "New York I" pastel on paper 47 x 31 1/2 in.]



from March 16, 2013 to April 14, 2013

Opening Reception on 2013-03-16 from 18:00 to 20:00


Ives Crenn

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