Sunday, February 25, 2018

An eye for the human form


REMARKABLE: Artist Karen De Verteuil stands next to one of her nude pieces, titled "Nude on a Beach", at her recent oils exhibition at 101 Art Gallery.

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ATTENTION TO DETAIL: "Reclining Nude" by Karen De Verteuil.

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Artist Karen De Verteuil doesn't take for granted her right to self-expression. The representation of the nude human body in her latest collection is an example of the artist's freedom when it comes to her expressions on canvas.

De Verteuil said when it comes to depicting the human figure she is more in sync with what she loves best about her career as an artist.

"If a lot of artists are true to themselves, they will paint what they want to paint instead of painting what they think will be saleable. I draw what I want to draw and paint what I want to paint. I try to be honest with myself. Some of my works are nude, but it's what I love to do. I have a passion for drawing the human anatomy," De Verteuil said.

The artist believes that one of the hardest things to draw is the human form. She believes one of the main focuses of the serious artist is the study of the human figure. She said, "It's very interesting; I like to get the body language. It's very important to get the essence of the figure I'm working on. I've always loved to create artwork that depicts people," she said. The artist recently showed 40 of her latest works at 101 Art Gallery at Holder's Studio in Newtown. While there are various works depicting a number of subjects, De Verteuil's focus has little to do with themes and more to do with structure.

Virtually self-taught, De Verteuil mainly works in oils. Though her work is representational, she is mainly concerned with shape, negative space and line. The subject being of less importance than the juxtaposition of planes and colour, she focuses on the near and seeks to explain her delight in the curve of a branch, the crook of an arm or the angle of a neck.

She added, "Theme doesn't matter to me. I will do any theme, but it's the details that count. I try not to be too realistic, and I tend to keep things simple and clean," she said.

While De Verteuil is happy with her latest works, she said she is constantly improving her skills and enjoys experimenting. "I keep looking for workshops to improve, but I enjoy experimenting on my own. I like working with pastels so I want to do a lot more of that,"she said.