This painting is named after a high-end French lingerie brand, renowned for its sensual and opulent designs. Chantelle is a long-established French brand known for its comfortable and stylish undergarments that exude sophistication.
30x40 cm Oil on Wood Panel
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The story behind the series DESSOUS DELICATS
In my journey as an artist, I've embarked on a series of paintings that delve into the profound complexities of the human experience. These works of art are a vivid reflection of my exploration into the depths of femininity, beauty, and strength, capturing the essence of womanhood in its purest form.
Each painting in this series bears witness to the unspoken narratives that often remain hidden beneath the surface, much like the delicate undergarments concealed beneath clothing. Through my expressive brushwork, I invite you to delve deeper, to peel away the layers of societal expectations and delve into the hidden treasures of the soul.
One striking element that I've harnessed is the use of a vibrant and unapologetic bright orange as the foundational layer of paint. This bold underlayer refuses to be concealed; it yearns to break through the surface, symbolizing the force within each of us that resists conformity and seeks to express our true selves.
The juxtaposition of this fiery orange against the soft, delicate tones of human flesh speaks volumes about the dichotomy we often face. It's a reflection of the courage and strength required to reveal the treasures we hold within, hidden from a world that often values surface appearances.
The hands that feature in these paintings represent the quiet rebellion within, the subtle unveiling of an authentic self hidden beneath layers of societal convention. They embody both gentleness and strength, delicacy and resilience, a testament to the multifaceted nature of the feminine spirit.
As the viewer, you're invited to explore the intricate lace-like patterns and delicate fabrics that adorn these women, a metaphor for the intricate layers of femininity and beauty that lie just beneath the surface. Like French lace, these layers are a testament to the craftsmanship and artistry that goes into crafting a woman's identity. From there the decision to name each painting in the series after a French lingerie brand.
My aim with this series is to celebrate the profound beauty of the authentic self and to inspire all, irrespective of gender, to embrace their true essence. It's a reminder that beneath the lace-like façade we often present to the world, there exists a radiant force yearning to break through—a force fueled by courage, elegance, and unyielding strength.
Through these paintings, I invite you to join me on this journey of self-discovery, to see beyond the surface and explore the depths of feminine complexity. It's a celebration of the vibrant forces within us, forever refusing to be concealed and forever yearning to be revealed.