Sandrine Kern

Sandrine Kern, Untitled 4, 2022, Oil on linen, 30 x 70 inches
Sandrine Kern, Untitled 4, 2022, Oil on linen, 30 x 70 inches

About

Sandrine Kern’s work is indicative of landscapes conjured by memory that communicate residual emotions to her viewers.

The thick surfaces of her paintings are built up through her unique alteration of a technique similar to encaustic. Instead of utilizing hot wax in her process, Kern combines oil sticks, oil paint, and cold wax to create a creamy, rich surface rifled with depth. She then further manipulates the surface through the reductive process of scraping away layers with a knife and solvents.

Kern places importance on the mood of each work by highlighting the surface luminosity through her use of a high contrast color palette. The highly suggestive representation of each natural element she depicts is void of details that define a specific tree, or a specific location. Instead, the paintings convey the essence of form but are still recognizably landscapes. For Kern, each painting represents the mood of a past moment, and contains a certain freedom of motion which keeps the work from appearing static.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022         Blue Water Lilies, Nikola Rukaj Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2020         Water Lilies, Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT

2020         Halfway to Reality and a Little Bit Lost, Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY

2013         Solo Show, OK Harris, New York, NY

2012         Ethereal Landscapes, Thomas Paul Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

2011         Colors, Thomas Paul Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

2010         Spring Show, Thomas Paul Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

2009         Spring Show, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL

2007         New Paintings, Gail Harvey Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2006         Summer, Gail Harvey Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2005         New Landscapes, Gail Harvey Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2004         Recent Work, Gail Harvey Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2003         New Landscapes, Gail Harvey Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021         Glam Up, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, TX

2021         Summer Blues, Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY

2019         Staging Nature: A World Unto Itself, Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY

2018         Art in the Boros IV, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY

2018         Gestural Hands – Women Painters, Nikola Rukaj Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2017         Gold & Black & White, Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT

2016         Black and White, William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2014         September Group Show, Thomas Paul Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

2010         Summer Show, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL

2009         La Vie Provencale, Alliance Francaise, New Orleans, LA

2009         Art of Seeing, Allen Sheppard Gallery, New York, NY

2008         New Artists, Costello Childs Contemporary Fine Art, Scottsdale AZ

2008         Incognito, Santa Monica Art Museum, Santa Monica, CA

2008         Contemporary Forum, Phoenix Museum

2005         Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY

2001         Autumn, Tessel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1996         Conversations, Alliance Française, San Francisco, CA

1993         Galerie des Beaux Arts, Paris, France

1991         Galerie de Ville, Milly la Foret, France

1990         Centre Culturel, Meudon la Foret, France

Education

MFA with Honors, Painting and Drawing, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris, France