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Vanessa Gidden - Painter BC Canada
* Resident Artist at ROAM Gallery
I am a painter, and have found my style and knowledge through experience and travelling. I work in the medium of acrylic paint on all sized canvases. The direction is either floral or landscape.
I work with a lot of grey, especially when I am doing anything floral. The reason why I like using grey is because of its ability to ground and neutralize bright colors mainly because of its visceral effect. Black is a colour that I avoid, instead I will use a paynes grey. I avoid black because it is a dead colour, and my intent is to breathe life into the viewer. My paintings represent life. Blue is a also colour that I use on a broader spectrum, and can be found a lot in my landscape beach scenes. I’m also really drawn to the use of cobalt green, quinacridone violet, and light rose pink.
The floral scenes, can be bold and in your face flowers, that cascade down or blow up, sometimes controlled within a framing technique so that all of the hues of the plants merge into a colorful tapestry. Or I will study them in my perfect solitude, and paint the flowers plein-air. Sometimes I will un abashedly make up my own flower and do what I feel like with its bloom, and if I feel like this flower should morph into another species then, so-be-it.
My landscapes are “abstract memories” of my coastal observances that reflect psychological and sentimental situations such like solitude, and the impossibility of human communication. They are painted almost as a form of meditation, and provide me with great feelings of peace and personal acceptance. I really enjoy breaking up the landscapes into different “planes” or atmospheres, 30-70, 10-70-20, and so on.
My process varies from painting to painting, but a lot of the time it starts with a light sketch of the main information. However these days I have been enjoying the technique of wet-to-wet, and then once that layer dries going over it again with pencil to create the second layer.
I take inspiration from impressionism, and post impressionism, with a clear interest in investigating turn of the century techniques. Among the artists I most admire are Pierre Bonnard, for his ability to create psychological atmosphere, Monet, for his technique, and Van Gogh for his flowers. But I also find inspiration from modern artists like Alice Rich-, for her landscapes, and Bobbie Burgers for her floral depictions. So by physically witnessing these painters art, throughout my life, I have subconsciously been able to gather what it means for me to be a painter.
My intention is for the viewer to be taken to another place, either surrounded by flowers in a whirlwind garden, or on the side of a cliff looking out onto the ocean and sky. Either place sounds nice to me as long as it provides a sentimental approach to looking at life.
Vanessa Gidden Artist Biography
Vanessa was born in Edmonton Alberta, and remembers painting her first painting in Kindergarten on a large piece of paper in tempura paint of a butterfly. Since then her mother encouraged her to paint.
Vanessa grew up in Kelowna British Columbia. At the age of seventeen her father employed the landscape artist Gerry Jessop to tutor her in the art of working with acrylic paint. Vanessa enjoyed her time with her tutor, and has many fond thoughts of going into the forests of Kelowna to paint pictures of the surrounding landscape.
After dropping out of high school, Vanessa’s father enrolled her in a hairdressing college, and so Vanessa took up the trade of hairdressing and has been doing that for the past 14 years. All along knowing that her true passion in life is art and has always been that way.
During her time as a hairdresser, Vanessa has still painted, teaching herself through trial and error, and collecting various books on the subject.
In April 2015 Vanessa and her husband went to London and Paris. Her painting career had a massive education of sorts just by going to The National Gallery of London, and the Tate Modern. In Paris she had an even more massive realization when she visited the Louvre, and as well as The Musee D’Orsee.
Vanessa continues to paint quite regularly out of her home in Vancouver.
ROAM Gallery - July 2016
ROAM Gallery - May/June 2016
Salon Stratosphere - TBA 2016
Coup Salon - April 2016
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