Josiane Pape

Josiane Pape

Painter
100 exhibitions / 50 artworks available / 80 artworks sold
Gallery :  Galerie Corsic'Art Design  (site)
Biography : Mysterious, refined, passionate, sometimes violent, Josiane Pape’s paintings invoke the viewer’s emotions inviting us into mystical realms. The choice of colors ? Nobody can be indifferent to her palette. Strong warm colors set the tone, shades of violet, green and black with touches of blue and orange : “My color palette isn’t cheerful but it reflects the most important influences in my life whether they be religious, esoteric, mystic or exotic. These colors associated with movement are those who best reflect my vision of relationships between Men and Women, the profane and the sacred as well as my relationship to the Journey”. Pictorial writing ? Certainly. Josiane Pape’s paintings suggest more than they show, without becoming abstract. No windows in the houses, no faces or expressions for her characters, just a few warm touches show life. A life with struggles and combats never dispensed of disarming harmony. “My work as a whole portrays the incessant struggle between Man and Woman and of this Woman’s resistance to submission”. She studied with Jacques Bartoli, a provincial painter from whom she learned the glazing technique. From Pierre Bonard, a brilliant colorist, she learned a “modern” concept of painting and color that takes you to the limits of abstraction… At first Josiane Pape’s artistic creations were intimist or “vague” as she likes to describe them but her artistic expression has evolved, gradually introducing matter and pushing back the limits of abstraction further each time. If in her paintings Josiane Pape evokes more than she shows and suggests more than she says, it is to permit the viewer to freely enter her world, situated midway between the sacred, the religious and the pictorial.
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Artistic Statement : “It’s not the question to paint life. This is to make the living painting” Pierre Bonnard. Josiane Pape's initial impregnation was the Impressionist style of painting. As she matured, her evolution has put distance between what she became and this very intimate figurative work. She searched a lot and worked to finally find her pictorial writing. She thinks it is one that reflects her truth and all its influences : cultural, religious, esoteric and exotic. Her acrylic colors are umber earth or calcined, shaded of gray, yellow ocher, orange cadmium and purple. Sometimes, they are heavy for some and loaded for the most. Her colors are associated with movement and depicted her vision of human relationships from the profane to the sacred. Often comes out of her artworks the incessant body-to-body between Man and Woman, the strength of this Woman is subjected, the Man’s struggle with an individualistic and dehumanized world. If her painting evokes more than she shows, suggests more than it says, Josiane Pape explains that it is to give the viewer the opportunity to enter my “world” with its ode to otherness, a travel halfway between the sacred, religious and pictorial.
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