Managed by Fred Vidal, PhD, The Artist Candice Johnson Will Be The Star of the Auction in Paris, May 16 at Drouot-Richelieu
April 20, 2009
Breaking News (04/20/2009): Unique Marketing Campaign On The Internet for Candice Johnson Paintings, organized by Fred Vidal, PhD, her manager, Web/Buzz/Street Communication, Viral, Spiral (Spiral marketing to be explained to our readers this week) and Spider, focusing on the Auction Sale in Paris May 16. Day 1 Tomorrow, April 21.
Candice Johnson will be the Star of the Prestigious Paintings Auction organized in Paris, France with her Imaginary Faces Portrait Collection:
At Drouot-Richelieu, 9, rue Drouot, 75009 Paris,
JEUNE CREATION CONTEMPORAINE,
Saturday, May 16, 2009, 2PM, Room 9.
Phone during the sale: 00 33 1 48 00 20 09
Friday, May 15, from 11AM to 6PM.
Saturday, May 16, from 11AM to 12PM.
NERET-MINET & TESSIER
Avec la collaboration de Jean-Richard MATTES.
November 27, 2008
Candice Johnson Art at:
PALM SPRINGS DESERT ARTS FESTIVAL, November 28-30, 2008,
at Frances Stevens Park – 538 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA,
Shows hours will be from 10:00 am -4:00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Candice Johnson Bio
Interior Designer in California, previous buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and European marketing consultant for Danskin, Candice Johnson began studying and working as a Fine Artist in 1992 when she moved to Paris. She remained for eleven years absorbing the soul of the City of Lights.
After painting still lifes and nudes she decided in 1997 to focus on one tributary, searching for the source: The Tete. In French the Tete signifies both the head and the visage. Through color, texture and gestural paint strokes she captures the emotions that linger under the surface. Our fragility, strength, tenderness, hopes and fears. Her Tetes are always presented in a square format. As in a Buddhist Mandala the square represents the material space with paths to exit at the four corners while the Tete as the circle or soul remains the timeless center.
She relocated to California in 2003 to be an American in America, though she is still in touch with the Paris of her dreams and imagination. Candice has begun again to paint Tetes, below the Hollywood Sign where she lives in a historical and magical Hollywood Hills home that she has renovated. The Tetes remain familiar but somewhat foreign maybe they are the invisible but past residents of Menilmontant, Belleville and Pere Lachaise of Paris or perhaps they are something else entirely.
Candice Johnson is a listed artist as her art has been sold at the prestigious Parisian auction house of Hotel Drouot at a semi annually auction of Emerging Contemporary French Artists since 2001. Her next auction will be in April 2009. She has had over 40 exhibitions in France and is in the collections of many notable European Art Collectors and American Art Collector Blake Byrne.
Her work is uncommonly contemporary but is stamped with artistic traditions. Her energy and force could be compared to Expressionism, her color usage to the Fauvists. Her deformations of the Tete could be described as Picassoesque. Her ability to dig deep and release the child archetype when she paints can be viewed in the naïve Art Brut style of Jean Dubuffet. Her usage of taking a single subject and multiplying it to make an expanded story can be found in Pop Art. How ever you define or interpret her work it is unique, compelling and touching and truly her own.
Medium Acrylics, Inks, Pastels, Collage. All Tetes Normale are painted on paper and then marouflaged on carton or wood. Each Tete has its own frame similar to a studio canvas with the sides painted black.
Price Range $400-$25,000
When I paint words, ego and the desire to please the world disappear. I paint to capture a memory of a vague feeling, perhaps a universal dream. I use the face, visage, or Tete as the vehicle to express these known but indefinable emotions that emerge from my gut. I put the brush down and begin to observe the Tetes. The ones I choose or work on further are those Tetes that begin to talk to me or put more simply: the ones that make me feel. The others that have no life are turned upside down or sideways and painted over giving texture and substance to the next Tete that will appear.
What is interesting?
Candice Johnson goes against the contemporary convention of large formats. Her Tetes Normales are 20 centimeters square (7.75”). The Collector participates in the creation of their own unique work as they will choose the Tetes that “talk to them” and then decide their placement as a group. Collectors purchase one or a hundred Tetes to create their own personal tableau of emotions. Candice also wants her art to be affordable and this concept of small formats allows beginning collectors to own her work and add Tetes as their budget permits.
Candice Johnson is a participant in Fred Vidal University: