Christiane David

Born 1950, Belgium

Lives in: Lancaster, PA, USA

Describe your art in 3 words: Colorful, Spontaneous, Bold

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"As life is a journey, my art is my vehicle and I see my work as milestone expressions. Using watercolor and oil I emphasize the nature of the color more than the nature of the object itself. In my abstract painting I completely eliminate the subject to concentrate on color, shape and rhythm, a painterly exploration and an attempt to capture the soul essence of life."

What themes does your work involve?
For me, art is communication, expressing my relation in any subject and translate it on canvas with colors and movements
Describe your creative process.
"I find my inspiration in my travels, experiences and relationship and through meditation. I do work on series inspired by an event or a meeting that happens in my life and explore the subject (ex. The firebird - who was publish in the magazine 42 - is one of a series inspired by the music of Rimsky Korsakov. The technique is so printed in my mind, I just have to express myself on the canvas using my inspiration and the pleasure to just paint. While painting, I fall in a deep concentration state and when I ""wake up"" and start to think about the work, I know the painting is done."
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I always knew I would be a painting. I was born with the love of color. My dad was a artist, he was an oil painting. The second world war, even if I was born after, as a big influence since my grand-father was a veteran and my dad went through the war as a young teenager and I carry his traumatic experience and express through my work. I did paint a series of poppies inspired by the poem "In Flanders in field". Symbol of life after death, this poem was the inspiration for this series.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
You cannot build a house without a solid basement and a solid structure. Technique for me is important. You can, if you want, break the rules but, first, you have to know what are these rules and how to apply them. For me a painting has a good compositions and good values. Then, when you have a good technique printed in your mind, you can free your creativity. To resume, a good painting has a good base, originality, diversity and creativity.
What is the role of the artist today?
If I have to define art, I would have said it is communication, and that the artist is the witness of their own time. The artist is the soul of a generation. The role of the artist is to witness the trauma and achievements from within himself and society around him and to translate that into a preferred medium.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist