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Hasen

$898
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One of a kind work | Ready to Hang
60 x 73 cm
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Technique
Acrylic painting
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One of a kind work
Material
Mounted Canvas
Dimensions
60 x 73 cm
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This painting is inspired by a photograph by Jean-Léo Dugast. It was used as the illustration for the first cover of the French edition of Akira Yoshimura's novel "Naufrages", titled "Hasen" in Japanese (破船), and published by Actes Sud. In this painting, the mountains in the background sport a texture absent from the original photograph, while taking on a delicately purple hue reminiscent of that deep color so praised by Sōseki and Tanizaki, and which is the color of yōkan, a famous Japanese pastry made from red bean paste and agar-agar. Perhaps this purple hue will also remind you of the azuki flan-colored Kyotô Mountains, as evoked in that Yasujirō Ozu film, "The Munakata Sisters." The junks appearing as shadow puppets are inlays of Japanese paper tinted with Indian ink. Several layers of glaze are used to render the reflections of the water under the setting sun. Acrylic on linen canvas mounted on a frame, ready to hang. Sides painted in black. Matte varnish.

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David VALL

55 fans

Le Rheu (35), France

42 works

David Vall was born in France in 1978. Although interested in graphite pencil drawing, Indian ink painting and Japanese calligraphy from very early on, he turned to scientific studies and became a researcher in behavioural neuroscience. He spent two years in British Columbia and discovered landscapes and lights of a rare emotional intensity that awakened him to the use of colour in his painting.

His sources of inspiration are multiple: an admired work of art, the memory of a contemplated landscape, an emotion or a state of mind that clings to the soul and wishes to take shape. Many of his paintings are also inspired by natural elements.

Marcello Cazzaniga, an art critic and curator comments on David Vall's work:

"We are dealing with works that start from the observation of reality - colours and textures are proof of this - but there seems to be even more: an obvious emotional involvement that transforms into a chaotic element that gives an extra dimension to the compositions. The colours are natural but become material and the contrasts are inevitably accentuated, the textures are those of the bark, water or soil, or even simply the view of a landscape obscured by mist. Despite the particular character of these works, we find a very engaging dynamism both in their compositional development and in the chromatic contrasts, and even when these are absent, textured materials compensate for this lack. David Vall’s landscapes are articulated around the artist’s sensitivity, establishing a privileged relationship between the spectator, the work and the author, in which the existence of an emotional dimension as beautiful as it is exhilarating becomes the reason to give life to the works but also to enjoy them during a moment of relaxed contemplation."

(Translated from Italian)

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