Karine Guillermin

Karine Guillermin’s paintings are a meditation; a pause at the point where dreams and reality intersect.  Guillermin’s images are restless but regimented: at times intricate, at others expansive. They recall the childlike sophistication (as well as the sub-tropical tableaux) of Henri Rousseau. It is escapism afforded to the viewer as much as the artist, as the eye skips then alights, lost in the contours of a leaf, or locked on an eye appearing from undergrowth, “A story where the dream is confused with reality.”

Born in Villeurbanne, France, in 1975, Karine currently divides her time between her home country and Japan, and her works are a mirror of that. French expressiveness with Japanese-inspired detailing collide to become dreamily compelling compositions: the petals of a large marshmallow flower; aquatic mollusks loitering in the air; a rainbow firework bursting to life. They are hypnotic, because, like Rousseau said, “Beauty is the promise of happiness.”

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