1995-1996 : Preparatory Class in Fine Arts, Ecole des Beaux de Vallauris, France
1996-1999 : Bachelor in Contemporary Art, Villa Arson, Nice, France
2000-2005 : Master Degree in Art History, University Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France
Kerstin Paillard, born in 1977 in Paris (France), grown up in Stockholm (Sweden), is a Franco-Swedish artist who lives and works between Nice and Stockholm. She draws her inspiration from her legacy, double culture, the beauty of nature, the northern and southern light and skies, as well as her emotions and dreams. Her pictural style is a sensitive and original combination, fluctuating between Abstract Expressionism and Color Field Painting (Helen Frankenthaler, Rothko, Emil Nolde, Degas).
Her abstract paintings are a personal expression of her fascination for colours and forms, the mysterious atmosphere of the North and the brightness of the South, the skies and their ever changing design. Rhythm, harmony and textures are very important.
She only uses the pure pigments of the dry pastels from Blockx and Sennelier (because of their high quality pigments), that she crushes, smashes and smears on the canvas, with her fingers and hands, kneeling on the floor, feeling the textures: it is a very physical way of painting. The multiple layers create new combinations and collisions, the light appears or disappears like a cloudy sky, a blooming flower, a dream landscape, an ethereal world.
The paintings are organic, deep, spiritual, celestial, dreamful and romantic, they aim to be expressive and sensitive. She creates images that question the spectator and invite him to take part of an immaterial world, filled with serenity, existentialism and poetry.
“Kerstin Paillard is a Franco-Swedish artist who has always been fascinated by colours, contrasts and the effects of textures. In her seaside studio she gives birth to vivid « dreamscapes » where the precious light of the north meets the brightness of the south, where the sea and the sky collide, where remote childhood memories become familiar and gather in a vast splash of genuineness. She uses dry pastels on canvas and paints abstract and stylized shapes that seem contagiously alive. Under her nimble fingers the tinctures boil, the outlines tremble, the multiple layers of matter expand to create a dreamy and forceful firework of colours.”
Pascale Louis, director Galerie Art sur Cour, Antibes, France.
Interview for The Heroine Journey by Peter de Kuster (July 2017)