Light my Fire
2019 Oil Painting & Clay Collage

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Gaétan Caron

Entitled Light my Fire, this 2019 oil painting and clay collage on canvas abstracted landscape artwork is from the Oil & Clay series by contemporary Mendocino/Bay Area artist, Gaétan Caron (b. 1964), co-founder of Lost Art Salon in San Francisco.

Gaétan developed his own technique of integrating oil paint with raw clay on stretched canvases, adding organic texture to his work. The black clay is harvested directly from the bottom of a valley on his land in the Mendocino hills. After painting a first layer with oil paint, Caron hand molds the clay applying it while still wet, using a strong archival adhesive which remains flexible. This process allows for durability as well as for the natural craquelure to organically form as the clay dries and transforms into the texture of bark and leaves in this landscape illuminated by the sun through the smoke of the fire season. "And just like bark on trees naturally breaks and chips, it is perfectly all right if with time bits of clay fall off to reveal the beauty beneath." says the artist.

Gaétan lives and works in his off-the-grid home located in an heirloom orchard in the Mendocino hills of Northern California, a stone's throw from the wild California Coast. His work documents the textures, colors, forms, as well as monochromatic shadows and reflections found in the natural world through contemporary abstract, botanical, still life, landscape, seascape paintings and Fine Art photography.

"Caron's paintings with clay are simultaneously visceral and imaginary. They transport us at once to the strange inner reaches of the mind and the reassuring, marvelous textures of the earth." Larry Rinder, Contemporary art curator and museum director (BAMPA 2008-20)



2019
Oil & Clay Collage on Canvas
37"x31" framed, 36"x30" unframed

Signed, titled and dated on the back, signed lower right. Framed in a contemporary wood floater frame with a dark finish. Excellent condition. This painting & clay collage on canvas requires preferably a pick up in person due to the nature of the work.  If you are in the Bay Area, please organize the pick up with us or inquire about potential delivery and installation, by the artist, for a flat fee of $150. For white glove shipping, please contact us for pricing information (to California ships for $500; anywhere else in the US ships for $1,350).

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