The Firehouse Center for the Arts is pleased to present visiting French painter Jean-Pierre Besenval’s 15th century Italian Renaissance style oil on wood-panel paintings celebrating old-world Tuscan and Umbrian landscapes in the upstairs lobby of the historic Firehouse Center for the Arts from May 19 – June 1, 2017.
An artist reception in the Arakelian Theater Lobby is scheduled for Thursday, June 1, 2017at 5:00-7:00PM.
About the Artist:
The Firehouse Center for the Arts is pleased to present visiting French painter Jean-Pierre Besenval’s 15th century Italian Renaissance style oil on wood-panel paintings celebrating old-world Tuscan and Umbrian landscapes. Paris-born with Italian origins, Monsieur Besenval apprenticed at the Parisienne workshop of Georges Guillot, a master in wood-panel painting. Subsequently, Besenval studied in Italy under various master instructors in Renaissance painting techniques and the use of ancient paint mediums such as egg, bee wax, and rye flour. Opening his own workshop in Paris in 1984, Besenval’s intention was to create an Italian Renaissance-inspired atelier or studio where students could learn, train and paint while the viewing of artwork itself would be open and accessible to visitors. As Besenval expresses it, “What is important for me is to give the students the good basics (colors, perspective, composition) and to make them feel free to put their own feeling in their paintings. As I was taught, I want also to hand the ancient techniques down to the students: how to prepare and use egg painting, rye flour painting, and casein painting (all of) which produce more interesting results than acrylic (paint).” Since 1984, his workshop has welcomed more than 2000 art students. Master painter, instructor and author, Monsieur Besenval continues to widely exhibit his own artwork and teach Renaissance wood-panel painting techniques in France, Italy and the United States.
"Since my first trips in Italy, I have always been deeply touched by the rare atmosphere emanating from the works of art of the Italian Renaissance discovered during my visits. I couldn’t say if the Tuscan landscapes helped me to discover the pictorial work of art, or if, on the contrary, the paintings opened my eyes on the magic of this country. But what I am sure of is that I have been greatly moved by these lands and that I often go back there to learn this language with an eye to have a better understanding of this spirit. The paintings, the frescoes, the altarpieces and the polychrome sculptures impressed me so much so that I wanted to carry on an activity close to these works. Indeed, it was at that moment that I chose to turn myself towards a work marked by the spirit of Cinquecento. Then, I discovered the Flemish painting from the 15th century, in which I found some emotions of Italian painting."(Jean-Pierre Besenval) The Firehouse Center for the Arts is open Wednesday through Sunday 12noon to 5PM, later on performance days.