Pierre Henri Matisse "Freedom & Love" Exhibit Opens Friday at The Draw
Free Community Art Experience to be Hosted in Appleton, Wisconsin from March 18-April 22
Matisse's "Freedom & Love Tour" will bring an assortment of original works, including paintings, cut-outs, and lithographs to the Appleton venue for the exhibit which runs through April 22.
The community art experience will feature hands-on art projects for kids, music, guest speakers, and more. The exhibit is free to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door to support arts education in the Appleton Area School District.
The Draw, located at 800 S. Lawe St. is in the former Riverside Paper Co. building which opened in the fall. The site combines workspaces and offices of digital and fine artists, the Feather & Bone modern art gallery, and serves as a creative place to collaborate. The flexibility to adapt to the needs of the community and the artists is what makes The Draw unique.
Matisse's paintings are unmistakably inspired by his home country and famous lineage. His works are immersed in bold color, sensually vibrant French imagery, and joie de vivre. The majority of Pierre's works are oil paintings executed with a palette knife in a heavy impasto technique. He also has mastered the cut-out technique, in many ways a homage to his grandfather.
"I use my art to express my appreciation of freedom and love," says Matisse. "The Fox Cities is not a large venue, but it is a quality venue. Over the past few months it became apparent to me that the community wishes to offer more opportunities for those interested in art to learn that there is an artist in all of us; creativity is in our spiritual DNA. By applying imagination and energy, we create. This is the first step toward critical thinking and is why the sessions being held for the children are extremely important to me. I am delighted that my work will be shown in such a quality, diverse and positive environment."
"I encourage visitors to pay particular attention to my Circle of Love, a linocut print. It depicts the mother and infant child in loving embrace. This child is the miraculous manifestation of the love of its parents - truly a circle of love where the soul begins to be nurtured."
"The work of art is created by hand carving on a lino plate, preparing the paper with the correct level of moisture. Then applying ink to the plate being hand pulled by me as the artist to register the print. The substrate I have chosen for the linocut prints is 400lb rough cut, cold press, deckled edge Arches paper. The history of Arches starts in 1492, just as Columbus was discovering the New World, Arches completed the amalgamation of the paper-making facilities around the village of Arches, South of Epinal in France."
"Perhaps the Paper Valley is a distant relative of this town in France where this paper company thrives to this very day!"
Jean Detjen, Artist Representative for the exhibit, saw a perfect fit in bringing Matisse's art to Appleton. "The growing Fox Cities art scene is incredibly vibrant and our creative community spirit has a very embracing nature."
"Pierre's art is all about celebrating freedom and love despite life's challenges and inevitable tragedies." Detjen added. "Creating art can help process what we experience in the world so we can makes sense of it. This is a wonderful and important thing to teach our children."
Exhibit partners agree.
"It's an honor to have someone who cares so much about art, education, music and who is so vibrant at his age, says John Adams, Curator and Manager of The Draw who also oversees the on-site Feather & Bone main gallery with friend and business partner Cory Chisel. "We are excited to show his work and continue his message of love and happiness."
Chisel interviewed the artist recently for his "Paint Me a Song" segment on his new Soul of the Song radio program on 91.1 the Avenue where Matisse echoed how important arts education is for students.
Creative outlets and influences helped form Matisse's own innovation and vision as an artist. One of the paintings to be displayed actually rotates 360 degrees on the wall by means of an invention engineered by the artist himself. In each corner his signature is visible so that the viewer may display it any way he likes and it will look correct.
Matisse's work has been shown all over the world. The Freedom & Love Tour is beginning in Appleton, Wisconsin as the result of a relationship struck between The Matisses' common focus on extreme gratitude with a local resident.
For more information on the Appleton/Fox Cities exhibit, go to http://www.thedrawappleton.com/#
Jean Detjen | Artful Living