Listen up art-aficionados! Johanna Dumet, known for her figurative, naive and colorful paintings, is now launching her new Edition „La petite bière bien fraîche“ at König Gallery.
Did you know that the art of still lifes were already widespread in the Middle Ages in the Netherlands? With a focus on a precise attention to detail, the masters of art at the time tried to outdo each other with every still life they created. The Dutch still life was painted with virtuoso realism, as an expression of profane sensuality, combined with motifs of transience, such as skulls, and the worldliness, meaning books or scientific instruments. But what about nowadays? Are there creatives bringing still lives up-to-date? If you suggest no, you probably never heard of Johanna Dumet. With her colorful and figurative paintings, the French artist transfers a sense for the moment to her paintings, which makes them contemporary and timeless.
Trained as a fashion designer – which clearly inspires her work – the artist began painting as an autodidact in 2012. “I love textile, patterns, colors. You can always see it in my paintings. I paint lots of fashion items, I dress my people in my paintings with luxurious garments, and I’m not scared to go wild with colors as well. But mostly, I now understand fabrics better and can choose different canvases that will have an impact of the painting afterwards“, says the berlin-based artist.
But her fashion studies and her love for garments in general also impacted her skills of observing her surroundings: “I learned how to get inspired by what I see – other than painters who revoke to their own small worlds in their studio. My paintings are quite open to the outside world and I think that’s why people really love them as they see themselves in them”. Dumet mostly paints with oil on canvas, but also uses other techniques such as gouache-painted paper glued to the canvas. She is known for painting impulsively, with a strong sense of flow and without constraint. The result is a sublime, captivating use of color and abstract form that continually interplays with figuration.