Like a silent wave

July 11, 2008 § Leave a comment

FRENCH PAINTER Daniel Levigoureux’s work won’t remind you of France right away. Mood and a sense of locale is conveyed through the artist’s interest in color and geometry, much like American artist Charles Sheeler. It’s surprising how inviting the artist has made plainness and simplicity.

Une cabine | Daniel Levigoureux

Like Mondrian’s assembly of painted squares and rectangles, Levigoureux paints beachside apartments as delightful geometry. Cool and warm grays set off tropical blue window shades, copper tan roofs speak to cherry red roofs, and solid black recesses smack the wading viewer back to the painting’s surface, like a silent wave.

For such overall flat paintings, the artist packs an extra punch when he tickles your perception and sense of depth. Amidst forms defined by solid color, he selectively guides the viewer to more realistically rendered objects. Juxtaposed against flat shapes, the sudden roundness of a lighthouse makes it mysteriously real, even universal. Like all of Levigoureux’s paintings, they could be anywhere, any ocean, any vacation, even the coast of France.

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