Artist Statement My visual art is based in the Western Modernist tradition of painting, originating with Cezanne and Van Gogh who were Romantics creating a new vision of painting based in emotional expression, breaking from realistic tradition and making colour reign feeling over colour as realism. Out of this movement, started in Arles, France by Vincent, came the brilliant colourist Matisse, the expression of Helen Frankenthaler, the sensuality of Georgia O'Keefe, the spiritual connection to nature with the work of Emily Carr, and the dramatic expression of Frida Kahlo. My generation (X) has shown strong influence from these artists, in the work coming out of both cities and other parts of the art worldwide. The city is not longer the only place for new work, but the artist who connects online with the work of artists in the present tense, and other tense that continues what came in the past. Contemporary art has always bloomed from tradition, and recognizing where it comes from places it for an audience to understand. To call something new without reference is misleading and unnecessary. We are (almost) all connected now through the internet and can find our mutual influences, show our mutual inclinations, more easily than ever. This has led to a broadening of Modernism, which is a New Modernism, or a New Romanticism, sharing the same ideology of 100 years ago, but expanding, as I attempt to do in the New Romantic and RIOT.
It is my hope that these paintings, collage and drawings that I've created speak to the continuing and new Modernist audiences, who aren't looking for the same work of the past, but the continuing tradition of expression, romance and colour loudly proclaimed from any corner of the earth. Ultimately, this movement does not belong to old white men and it never did. It belongs to all of us who want to surround ourselves with colour, movement, feeling and dream. The surreal awakening that inspires us with love and insight to the subconcious, challenging what we think is real and what is feeling.
Kathleen Florence (Reichelt) 2021
Note about pricing A Gallery partly estimates an artist's worth and fit based on what a work sells for. It is standard for 50% to go be split between artist and gallery, in order for the gallery and artist to make money and cover costs. On this private page you will find the cost of work for a modest Canadian gallery. Prices must remain consistent with gallery pricing, however, I am willing to negotiate prices for bartered services or fixed income. It is more important for me that you enjoy work that is yours. My hard costs remain fixed, but I am open to exchange of expertise. Please let me know what you like! I want this work to find a happy home.
Large Paintings:average size 4 x 3 feet, on gallery canvas