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61 x 50cm
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Starting his artistic career in comic strip and watercolor, the self-taught French artist stylizes his artwork with his surrealistic stroke and a sense of humor. Full of allegory and symbols, the whimsical imagery is more than just the candy for the eyes, but also tastes of sourness and bitterness. Flowers in the paintings indicate the fleetness of life, while girls a homage to femininity and fertility; a sailor cruises to the unknown world with the companion of love, reincarnated as a mermaid; the fisherman, using moonlight and stars as bait, allegorizes the artist who strives to catch people's eye with his peculiar ideas. These emblematic characters, as Pendelio's signature in his artwork, are interacting with the painted fairyland from which they are inseparable. Carefree as they may look, they all have their own stories and are in search of hope and happiness, just as is done in real life.
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Self-taught artist Christian Pendelio was born in 1967 in Toulouse, France and began his artistic career in comic strips and water colors. His artworks are now presented in Art Gallery particularly in Asia, Hong kong & Singapore since 1994.
Christian is famous in turning his canvas into a Magical World of Fairy Tale. He likes to provide a base for the viewer's imagination to expand upon. A stepping stone for us to develop our own story based on our past, present and even our dreams. His artworks has the power to take us into other places and to plumb the depths of our most hidden dreams. Most of his subjects are riding on something in search of love, faith & hope.
He paints the scenery into an imagery of love and voyage spiced with witty allegories. The dreamy fairyland and stylized characters intrigue viewers to waves of thoughts. Whimsical and playful, Christian's paintings give a sense of humor and an intriguing after-taste.
His paintings have been exhibited in galleries since 1994, and are now in private collections in many places around the world. They can be seen in art galleries, especially in Asia, Hong-Kong, Singapore and in France. Read More
On Childhood Tales by Christian Pendelio
Our childhood memories are invaluable. If we compare our lives to a kind of "gold rush", we as prospectors seek what is precious in life by shaking and turning gold pans in the water. Whatever enters the pans are mainly sifted out, but the prized treasures are always left behind at the bottom. To me, childhood tales are gold in our existence, and should remain throughout our lives. The memories of aged men and women are often summoned throughout time and transformed into an eternal come-back. What I attempt to find through the art of painting is to achieve something close to this: the enjoyment, the surprising, the marvellous aspects of life - with perhaps a special touch of fantasy. For me, a child's world is free of reality where the frontier between the real and imaginary world are completely abolished.
Through my most recent paintings, I have attempted to explore reality and fantasy as two distinct yet conjoined points on a roof. The brown and white colours represent memories of true existence, captured and eternalised in sepia photographs. The vivid, bright rainbows of colour symbolize a projection of emotions and fantasies of childhood flights of fancy. The creation of these images were inspired by Paul Klee's words: "Art does not reproduce the visible - it makes it." Some may find that attempting to 'catch' or preserve the flowers of my own childhood garden, as narcissistic. And perhaps in a way, it is; a common problem among artists. I simply hope this 'mirror of a narcissist' is large enough to project yourself onto; to discover merriment, figments of a child's imagination and most importantly, gold.
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