Harnessed Energy

29 Nov

This Fall, the leaves in Oregon have been full of riotous color, bursting forth in celebration of the last days of sunshine and warmth.  But to find happy energy in the long, grey days of winter, one only need look as far as Dutch painter Guus Kemp’s work.

Just Beautiful, oil on canvas, 36x48

Thick bursts of glossy paint almost leap of the canvas, like fireworks in the sky.  This is an artist using the properties of paint– its colors, texture and sheen to bring joy to the viewer.  The works elicit emotion, excitement and energy.

Red Man, oil on canvas, 48x60

A Dutch-born artist, now a resident of Houston, Kemp began working with oils in 2008, opening up a whole new means of expression.  According to the artist, “My paintings are a reflection of who I am . . . an extrovert who takes life by the horns!”

Female Tornado, oil on canvas, 48x60

Indeed, these large scale, intensely hued works are no shrinking violets.  These are pieces that demand your attention.  And once they get it, you can’t help but be happy and energized.

Riot of Parrots, oil on canvas, 48x60

To be enlivened by more of Guus’s work, please take a peek at his website.  Thank you to Gallery Orange for introducing me to this artist, if you’re in New Orleans, be sure to check them out!

Featured image is Carpe Diem, oil on canvas, 48×48.  All images are via the artist’s website.

7 Responses to “Harnessed Energy”

  1. brittany November 29, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    I love Female Tornado and Just Beautiful. They’re so chaotic and wonderful

    • Lesley November 29, 2011 at 11:32 am #

      Me too, Brittany! Just Beautiful is my absolute favorite. The colors are so rich and warm.

      • Tracy Gielbert November 29, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

        That one sold within minutes to a lucky New Orleans couple …. that was one of my faves too😉

    • Tracy Gielbert November 29, 2011 at 11:57 am #

      That one was my fave too…it sold a few months ago to a lovely couple who are to place it in their bedroom….all I can say is “watch out…there is going to be some energy in that boudoir” lols

      • Lesley November 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

        LOL!! Without a doubt!

  2. Tracy Gielbert November 29, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    He sure is a happy camper to work with and his works bring joy to many people’s homes and lives. A FAST emerging artist ….

    • Lesley November 29, 2011 at 11:48 am #

      It definitely comes through in his work, Tracy!

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