|On Waving Grasses by Dominique d'Orange|
|Wednesday, 01 July 2009 00:00|
Article by Ann Timmermans
Known for her eager passion for experimenting and utilizing new media, d’Orange, inspired by the painting abilities of the old masters, represented the subject as if it were a photograph whilst adapting some of its realistic components.
Mainly composed of yellow and green, a variety of hues, light and shadow, which have been obtained by an effective layering technique can be observed.
At first sight, the emphasis lays on the light blades of grass on the foreground, which are encircled by contrasting fragments of dark green. Behind the grass, abstracted linear elements of light symbolize nature’s growth on the middle and background. The lines in the piece give the impression of height and grandeur, creating a certain flow. The balanced piece follows a clear diagonal path, provoking an organic sense of lively energetic rhythm in combination with the linear constituents.
The theme of the artwork is quite traditional although the artist moved towards less traditional subjects, inserting messages of criticism and social commentaries in combination with a stronger palette during the 1990’s. As noticed, her fascination for lines became apparent.
It is the starting point for the development of her distinctive style, stepping away from the omnipresent academic realism in art towards a highly distinctive expressive manner.
The captivating discrepancy between the photo-realistic technique d’Orange is well familiar with, and the tendency to abstract nature makes this an exciting modern piece on the way to her now liberated, less figurative contemporary style.
Bio:Dominique d'Orange, an extremely productive Belgian artist, enrolled in the art school in Bruges and studied at the academy of Fine Arts in Ostend. Her immense oeuvre consists of acrylic, oil and wall paintings, aluminium and paper prints, installations, mixed media and multimedia work, photography, pastel drawings, gouache, abstract and graphic work., which she exhibited all over the world. After a lifetime of studying, teaching and creating art, she came to a point of having a clear and defined view upon what defines art. It is about creation, shape, lines, composition and colour. Art is redefining and abstracting. She evolved from a classical to a contemporary and graphic style, with an emphasis on lines, compositions, relief and colour.
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