Entitled Indigenous Icon - Abstraction, this 2019 oil and clay collage on canvas abstract painting 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 to create organic texture in 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 this indigenous icon symbolizing the artist's mother and female ancestors practicing activities needed in the cycle of life.
"And just like bark on trees naturally breaks and chips, it is perfectly all right if with time bits of dry 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)
Signed lower right. Framed in a restored vintage lath wood frame with a dark mahogany finish. Good 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).