Kelly Reemtsen presents her “women with tools” paintings at De Buck Gallery summer exhibition in Saint Paul de Vence.
Accessorize your cocktail dress with a tool belt, that’s what offer works by California artist Kelly Reemtsen, presented at De Buck Gallery in Saint Paul de Vence for the summer exhibition.
A colorful and “menacing” exhibition
Through a harmonious and refined selection of paintings, Kelly Reemtsen presents at Lieven De Buck Gallery characters of ladies from the 50s, a period she is fond of, in very feminine and colorful cocktail dresses, clutching “masculine” carpentry, electrical or gardening tools.
A lady holding an impressive pruning shears and wearing a bright pink dress, another woman in a blue dress carrying at arms’ length an electric saw, another wearing a pink polka dot dress holding at the shoulder a neon yellow garden hose, appear to visitors as threats.
Bright candy colors motivate her passion that is reflected in her now emblematic work of a woman with a tool. It transports the viewer into a world of contradiction between the worn garment, a vintage party dress, and the current situation, in which appears to be stereotypical 1950s housewives.
The paintings also have the distinction of rarely revealing heads or faces. They are hidden or only guessed, which leaves the visitor with a strange and mysterious feel to these anonymous ladies, wearing a tool associated with “masculin”.
About Kelly Reemtsen
Kelly Reemtsen was born in 1967 in Flint, Michigan. From 1985 to 1990, she studied fashion design, fine Art, painting at the Central Michigan University and California State University in Long Beach. Currently the artist lives and works in Los Angeles. Works by Kelly Reemtsen are permanently on display at the De Buck Gallery in New York and Skidmore Contemporary Art in Santa Monica.
Saint Paul de Vence, a village of art
Saint Paul de Vence is one of the most beautiful villages of France and enjoys an international reputation. Art reigns supreme in this unique historic site, perched on a rocky outcrop and surrounded by ramparts. Lieven de Buck has installed its new art gallery in the green setting of his beautiful villa near the Maeght Foundation.
About Lieven De Buck
Lieven De Buck worked for 25 years for his friend Guy Pieters, who opened his gallery in Knokke le Zoute in the early 70s. He was director of Guy Pieters gallery in Saint Paul de Vence. With years of experience, Lieven De Buck opened his own gallery in Saint Paul with his wife Dorothee, in his house where he continues to work every day of the week without a break, including weekends.
De Buck Gallery
50, chemin des Trioux
06570 – Saint Paul de Vence – +33 6 40 88 38 86
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