Category: Artists

Jacques Jarrige

Artist Q&A with Jacques Jarrige

Jacques Jarrige is a Paris-based artist working in the confluence of fine art and decorative art with sculptural and functional objects in relation to the body and human scaled spaces. He is represented by Valerie Goodman Gallery in New York.

“Double Dining Table”, beech wood, 42 x 30 x 120 in | 107 x 76 x 305 cm, 2020

Who is your favorite artist of all time?

I love the work of Henry Moore. I first saw his work at the Château de Bagatelle in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, which is famous for its rose garden. In this naturalistic English landscape style park setting, Moore’s work gave me the feeling that I was meant to be a sculptor. It was his work that made me believe I was meant to do it.

How did you become a professional artist?

I have always felt strongly connected to art. My father was an avid art collector, so there were a lot of paintings in my home as a child. There were also two small, distinctive Rodin sculptures that were always in the house, and now, in the back of my mind.

Through studying architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts and decorative art at Ecole Supérieure d’Art Moderne, I became drawn to creating more sculptural works. The first object I created was a chair made of rebar I had envisioned in my mind. I bought a welding gun and created the piece in my kitchen. By physically creating a work of art in this manner,  I understood it more and became less reliant on drawing in my practice.  I was inspired that I could directly create what I had envisioned. 

In school I was not interested in pursuing anything other than drawing. Not music, math or any other field, and later architecture wasn’t really satisfying. … Click here to read more

Florence Montmare

Artist Q&A with Florence Montmare

Florence Montmare was born in Vienna, and raised in Stockholm by Swedish and Greek parents who spoke German. At the age of 22, she ventured to New York City to pursue a career as an artist. She is based in New York and Stockholm and represented by Ivy Brown Gallery in New York.

Broken Horizon (Diptych)”, Scenes from an Island series, C-Print, 22.5 x 39 in | 57 x 99 cm, 2015

Who is your favorite artist of all time?

Hard to pick just one! I love Deborah Turbeville, Maya Deren, Tarkovsky, and of course Ingmar Bergman.

How did you become a professional artist?

I studied at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography in New York and for a few years afterwards I worked closely with some of the faculty, Sam Samore, and Robert Blake assisting and simultaneously making my own art. I went on to create my studio practice working in New York and Stockholm and exhibited in museums and galleries in Europe, such as Saarland museum, Casino Luxembourg, and the Centre d’art Contemporain du Luxembourg among other places.

What are the influences and inspirations in your new works?

All my work starts from my personal experience. Film, performance, music, painting, sculpture and poetry inspire me. My influences are also my diverse cultural background, having grown up in Vienna and Stockholm; plus I speak several languages.

When is a piece finished for you?

I rely on my intuition entirely here. A piece is finished when I don’t have anything additional to say about a subject.

Florence Montmare, photo Maria Molin.

How is your work different than everything else out there?

I don’t believe that art can be isolated, rather, it connects to the collective consciousness. As photographers go, we have to relate … Click here to read more

Jennifer Small

Artist Q&A with Jennifer Small

Jennifer Small is a Wilmington, DE-based painter and visual designer whose work focuses on elevating everyday routine through representational abstraction.  Small’s work combines hard edges, patterning, and bold use of color. 

“Diner Windows to Tennis Courts”, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 36 x 24 in | 91 x 61 cm, 2020

Who is your favorite artist of all time?

My favorite artist of all time is Georgia O’Keeffe. She was directly inspired by her environment to create abstract paintings and during the process of her life and career. She was a bold, inventive, and fearless leader in paving the way for American abstract painters that followed.

Why did you become an artist?

I’ve considered myself an artist from a very young age. I grew up in a creative family. Both of my parents, and brother and sister, are all very artistic, so making art was always encouraged. The steps toward becoming a professional artist started in high school and continued through my undergrad and graduate studies. During this time I developed my skills and found my voice as a painter, but was also surrounded by encouraging teachers and classmates who helped me to connect with people and opportunities beyond the school community where my work could be shared and enjoyed by a larger audience. After finishing graduate school I continued the process of honing my skills as a painter, applying for opportunities, and expanding my network as a result. My journey as an artist is ongoing. With positivity and hard work, I am confident I will see continued growth in my work, and success as a painter.

When is a piece finished for you?

A piece is finished for me in a formal sense when it achieves balance, a focal point, and engaging visual interest through the juxtaposition … Click here to read more