Through texture and depth “Notre-Dame de Paris” conveys the timelessness and character of the classic Gothic cathedral at the center of Paris. As an artist and photographer I’ve made many trips to Paris, and Notre-Dame is always one of my first stops. I don’t feel like I’m there, like I’ve really arrived, until I re-visit the landmark that took 400 years to build.
In this painting I built up many layers of paint, scrapping and repainting along the way, until I arrived at a deeply textured and colorful surface. Then I used a technique to transfer one of my own photographs of Notre-Dame on top of the painted surface. This method is another contemporary technique to apply real, archival pigment to a painting. On a work like this the photo doesn’t transfer completely. There are holes, gaps, and cracks as it blends with and into the underlying painting. I sanded the photo while it was still on the transfer film in order to enhance that effect. The result is visually arresting and even reminiscent in some ways of an impressionist painting but in a more contemporary style.
“Notre-Dame de Paris” is a 14 x 11 x 0.75 inch canvas that is framed in a glistening golden canvas floater frame and arrives ready to hang. The outside dimensions measure 17.5 x 14.5 x 1.5 inches.