American Artist, based in, Kansas City, Missouri, Painting Drawing & Sculpture: Genevieve Landregan
1) What Artbooks are you currently looking at ?
The Art books I am currently reading are Leonardo da Vinci, by Jack Wassleman, and The Orsay, a Visitor’s Guide, which I bought when I visited the Orsay in Paris.
I have always been fascinated and amazed by the work of Leonardo daVinci. I have studied his method of painting and often employ it in my work. His imagination, the detail and emotion in such works as “St. Jerome,” I tried to capture in the detail of my paintings “Helena,” “Timothy on Keys,” “Alberto and the Magic Apple,” “Streets of Gold,” “Venus in Oz,,“Grandmother’s Legacy” and “Anna and the Suffragettes”, (all my earlier work.)
I recently visited the Orsay Museum in Paris and couldn’t get enough of it in one day, so I returned for several days to study the paintings of the Impressionists and those earlier artists who influenced them, as well as the Post-Impressionists. I would gaze for hours at the works of Manet, Daumier, Degas, Cezanne, Matisse, Van Gogh and Gauguin as well as the many others on display. In the painting by Manet, “The Picnic,” the pale of the nude in the forefront contrasts with the darker surrounding men and foliage. I have tried to capture that same effect with contrasting colors in many of my more recentpaintings, such as “”Lily,l” “Woman Dreaming” and “Anna and the Suffragettes.”
In Honore Daumier’s “The Laundress,” the laundress stands out against a white, dissolving background. I have tried to use the same effect in “Helena,”Timothy on Keys, and “ Anna and the Suffragettes.”
“In a Café or Absinthe,” by Degas, influenced my painting “Timothy on Keys.”
The style,characters, ordinary workers playing cards at a table with wine in Cezanne’s “The Card Players” also influenced my studies of the poor in my “Homeless” series, common men taking a break, cigarettes dangling.
In Van Gogh’s “The Italian Woman,” he uses bright colors, lines and shapes, a break from the muted colors of Cezanne and the earlier Impressionists. My own painting “Woman Dreaming” is a portrait of a seated woman painted with contrasting colors, lines and shapes dancing across the canvas.
The passionate expression of Rodin’s figures havealways capturedmy eye. Again, I could study his work for hours. My sculptures, “The Dancer,” “Reclining Nude” and “David” are inspired by his sculptures.
2) What was the last truly inspiring Artbook you saw ?
The last truly inspiring Art Book I read was An Impressionist Legacy, by Richard R. Brettell. It is a collection of Impressionistic paintings along with sculptures from that time period. The colors, strokes and images in the paintings from Van Gogh to Chagall create a sense of passion and movement. “Possessed” was influenced by the dreaminess of Chagall. And, as mentioned previously, Rodin and also Henri Moore influenced some of my sculptures.
3) Give us the name of your favorite overlooked or underappreciated Artist ?
I think some of the early women artists have often been overlooked in preference to the male artists. One of my favorite artists who has been overlooked is Kathe Kollwiz (1867-1945), an Expressionist, whose works such as “The Downtrodden” and “Woman with a Dead Child” have a style that is very moving. In many ways the Expressionists have influenced my more recent works, such as “Anguish,” “Sorrow,” “Llorena,” “Homeless” series, and “Angie.”
4) What are your Artistic guilty pleasures? Do you have a favorite genre/style ?
My artistic guilty pleasures involve playing with colors, bold colors, subtle colors, contrasting and adjacent colors. Playing with patterns is another love of mine, such as the dress andbackgroundof “Helena,” and the background pattern of squares in “Alberto and the Magic Apple.”
My favorite genres are the Post-Impressionists and the Expressionists, for their passion expressed through color by the artists.
5) If we came to your studio what would we see ?
If you came to my studio, you would see a large table with all of the materials I use for creating a work of art: tubes of oil paint, stand oil, turpentine, linseed oil, dry pure pigments, lots of towels, and 2 jars of brushes. On the walls and leaning against the walls would be my paintings such as “Anna and the Suffragettes,” “Venus in Oz,” “Anguish,” “Angie,” “Lily,” the “Homeless” series, “On Streets of Gold,” “Grandmother’s Legacy,” an angel icon, and a folder full of drawings.
6) What’s the best Artbook on (Your nationalities) Art you’ve ever read ?
The most thorough book on art in America I have read is “Twentieth Century American Art (Oxford History of Art)”, by Erica Doss. It is an excellent overview of America’s most influential artists of the 20th century. It is thorough, with information about the artists in the very movements that covered the 20thcentury in America, along with black and white and color pictures of the artists’ work.
7) What subject other than Art, are you interested in ? That nevertheless informs your work ?
I would say Psychology most informs my work, with it’s reflection on the inner workings of the soul. I try to capture that essence in my portraits and figurative paintings.
8) What was the last Artbook that made you happy ?
Reading any Art book on the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists lifts my spirits.
9) What was the last Artbook that made you sad ?
The Expressionist Art books display paintings that convey sorrow, struggle, disappointment and other similar emotions which affect me in a similar way. I long to join them in their pain and sorrow and ease that. I have tried to capture those feelings in “Anguish,” “Sorrow,” “Llorena,” the “Homeless” series, “Angie,” and “Alone.”
10) What kind of person were you as a child? And what were your favorite childhood memories, which made you an Artist? how have you grown over the years what has changed what remained the same ?
I was a talkative child with poor self-esteem, having many run-ins with the principal. I loved to draw, write stories, plays, poems and songs (I taught myself the guitar.) Often these stories and poems were melancholic, because deep down I felt very lonely and different than other people (painting “Alone”), like I didn’t fit in.
One of my favorite childhood memories was of my mother having art classes with the neighborhood children. I was proud of her artistic abilities and the fact that she could connect with the kids around the block. I think that’s what started me on the path to being an artist, watching the joy she took in drawing and painting.
Another of my favorite memories was traveling across the country by car and camping out. We saw the Sequoia National Forest, the Grand Canyon, the Smokey Mountains and many historic places along the way. Being in touch with nature, seeing all the colors, lines and patterns made by nature inspired me as a child, and.later, as an artist.
I would say that as I have grown over the years, I have become less of an extrovert and more of an introvert, at least more introspective. I think my “brooding” writing has carried over into my art. I was once asked by a psychiatrist why I painted depressing pictures. “Why don’t you paint flowers instead?” he queried. So the next time I saw him I marched in and handed him a painting of giant bluebonnets, (the Texas State Flower), attacking him in his office! Analyze that!
11) Whom do you consider your Artistic Masters? Do you believe in mastery ?
One of my “Artistic Masters” was my mentor, Alberto Mijangos, (“Alberto and the Magic Apple”). Up until 1989 I worked largely with 3-dimensional media: ceramics and sculpture. I had no interest in painting; in fact, I was bored with what I saw. Then I went to an opening of International artist Alberto Mijangos in San Antonio, Texas. I was in awe. I found I could stand for hours in front of his paintings and new colors and images would emerge, then recede. I fell in love with painting at that moment. I discovered the soul of painting. For two years I studied under him. First, he would make me sweep and mop the studio. He told me to make my bed every morning “as if I was painting a masterpiece.” Then he would have me help work on his paintings while he taught me technique, color, and painterly styles. The first year I could only work in acrylic, he said, to understand the feel of it, the versatility of it, and to play with different brush strokes and color. “Scumbling”, he said. One of my first oil paintings was “Venus in Oz.” I was fascinated with the story of Dorothy in Oz, a sort of coming of age story. Venus, in my painting, was taken from Boticelli’s painting “Birth of Venus.”
12) Which Artists have had the most impact on you as a Artist ? Is there a particular Work of Art that made you want to be an Artist? Please upload an image to justify your statement ?
Several artists have had an impact on my art. Rembrandt has influenced my detailed portraits, with the intensity of his portraits and minute detail, his painterly style, layer upon layer with highlights thick with paint. I studied his work carefully when I went to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. ( “Helena,” “Anna
andthe Suffragettes.”) The vibrant colors of Van Gogh inspired my later paintings, such as “Woman Dreaming,” “Angie,”“Llorena,” and “Sorrow.” I love the way my eyes dance across the paintings, taking in the colors, lines,
andshapes of his work. But the artist who inspired me to paint was my mentor Alberto Mijangos. His painting “Surrounded by Sound” amazed me, with it’s colors and images emerging then receding. Because of him, I strove to paint with the passion that he did.
Alberto Mijangos Mexican, 1925–2007 Surrounded by Sound, 1988
Oil, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas h. 80 in. (203.2 cm); w. 80 in. (203.2 cm) Gift of Geary and Priscilla Atherton, 88.103
13) What gear do you use, and how does your gear, support your Artistic vision. How would you describe your Artistic Work flow what software, hardware, storage, & materials and processes do you use ?
The materials I use are oils, a variety of bristle brushes, with a few round sable brushes for detail. I mix stand oil with turpentine, as I was trained by Daniel Greene in his workshop on portrait painting, when I want to use a thinner or add gloss and detailtoa painting. I also “write” icons, using egg yolks, vinegar and pure, dry pigments to make egg tempera. There are also leaves of gold for the icons and for some paintings. When painting in oils, I often have to use a dowel so that I don’t smear the paint with my hand or arm.
14) Do you have any regrets with regards to your Art especially when starting out. What would you do differently ?
One of the things I regret is that I started out painting so late in life (I was 33.) If I had to do it differently, I would have studied painting in college along with my courses in ceramics and sculpture. I would have played more, because painting is a sort of playing: with colors, shapes, lines. I would have paid more attention when I visited the museums in Europe and at home, studied the styles, noticed the technique, stood close to the paintings to see the detail, then stood back to view the painting as a whole: composition, shapes juxtaposed with other shapes, colors, line.
15) In your genre style of work, what are the challenges/opportunities to your business. How do you envision yourself 5 years from now ?
I used to do detailed, realistic paintings. I have a tremor in my hand now so that it is no longer possible. So I began exploring large, sweeping styles like the Expressionists with lots of bright color. I would focus more on the essence of the person or figure I was painting rather than trying to make everything real and exactly like I see it. I haven’t really tried to envision myself in five years. I know I would be painting every day. My mother had osteoarthritis, yet, with her hands all curled up from the disease, she still continued to paint till she died. I would hope I would have that same spirit.
16) In your Artists Imagination, how do you perceive India. What painting/Drawings would you like to make of Her ?
In myartistimagination Iperceive India as a place of raw beauty, with delicate lines in the architecture and ethereal beauty in the paintings, and in the people themselves, rich and poor. I think if I were to paint Her, I would paint a woman kneeling, with her arms around a child, eyes wide with wonder. In the background would be the outline of the Taj Mahal.
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Biography In Her Own Words
In 1977, Genevieve Landregan received a B.A. inArt Education from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas. After a 2 year internship with Internationally renowned artist Alberto Mijangos, she began exhibiting in San Antonio, Texas; Ingram, Texas; Chicago, Illinois and Kansas City, Missouri. Further studies include Graphic Design from Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas, workshops with Portrait Painter Daniel Greene and studies in Iconography from the Prosopon School of Iconology in Austin, Texas. Works in Private Collections in Kansas City Missouri, Chicago Illinois, San Antonio, Texas Ingram
Genevieve lives with her husband Mark Friend and cat Ms. Kitty in Kansas City, Missouri. She has 3 children.