Once again I was privileged to be invited to opening of The Art Shop’s latest artistic exhibition – Le Printemps series from Guy Olivier. On a hot and sunny Monday afternoon I strolled in and was met by a wall of colour and passion.
It’s manga, it’s burlesque, it’s decadence and opulence. It’s Toulouse Lautrec in the 21st century. But more than that, it’s a feast for the eyes and brings a smile to the face.
With an almost perfect combination of colour, nonchalant composition and generous use of “straight from the tube” oil paints and stencils to create even more texture and depth, all applied in a seemingly effortless fashion, Olivier captures the “dangerous liaison” Parisian atmosphere so prevalent in the France of old.
Buxom ladies with scarlet lips drink wine and flutter eyelids behind elaborate masks, men wear bow ties, subtly drooling at the sight of almost naked breasts.
Texture is enhanced by the stencils and thinner layers of paint just visible under the explosive top layers, applied in some places transparently thin and in others protruding thick.
The collection, exhibited as a whole against the wide expanse of the whitewashed wall, with plenty of floor space to stand back and take in the total effect, is tantalising, seductive and humorous.
Well worth a visit. Thanks Maurice van Leeuwen for bringing this to Alphen aan den Rijn.