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Thomas Paquette: Gouaches

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by Thomas Paquette, Sally Mansfield (Essay By)
 
This image-rich book was produced to accompany the traveling exhibition of gouache paintings of nationally recognized artist Thomas Paquette. Art critic Phillip Isaacson dubbed these gouaches "irresistible paintings." Often described as gemlike, Paquette's gouaches are reproduced full-size in the book, which includes a preface by the artist and an essay by art

Overview

This image-rich book was produced to accompany the traveling exhibition of gouache paintings of nationally recognized artist Thomas Paquette. Art critic Phillip Isaacson dubbed these gouaches "irresistible paintings." Often described as gemlike, Paquette's gouaches are reproduced full-size in the book, which includes a preface by the artist and an essay by art historian and curator Sally E. Mansfield.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780978567910
Publisher:
Eyeful Press
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Pages:
126
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

What People are Saying About This

Lisa Gensheimer
"If the idea of stopping by woods on a snowing evening sends shivers up your spine, wait until you step into Thomas Paquette's new book, Thomas Paquette: Gouaches (Eyeful Press, 2007) and its frosty painting, "Veil of Snow." Like many of the works in this published collection, the mysterious landscape is revealed in scattered light and layers of color, drawing you deeper inside the natural world.

For a guided tour, visit www.thomaspaquette.com. Paquette's paintings are more like conversations, he says, and he revels in the places that inspired the creative process. He was, after all, a naturalist before he became a painter.

Known for his large-scale oil paintings and singled out by art historians and contemporary critics as a master painter, this Warren, Pa., resident will remind you of the Explorer Artists of the American West, the forward observers who captured the grandeur of places like Yellowstone and Yosemite in the late 1800s.

But the wild places in Paquette's book of 110 full-color paintings are different. They tend to whisper, not roar, and it's no wonder-these paintings, made from layers of opaque water color paint called "gouache," are tiny. How an artist can compress such spectacular vistas into what amounts to only a few square inches is beyond me, but Paquette manages to render you speechless, the same way a visit to the rim of the Grand Canyon can, whether you are looking at his painting of a blueberry bog in Maine or clouds over Hungry Jack Lake. Choosing from hundreds of fine brushes, he meticulously details the cotton rag paper with of layers of pigment suspended in water, and once it dries, scratches through the delicate surface again and againuntil he is finally satisfied he has created something entirely new from the original he painted on the scene, or "en plein air." The art, like nature, is in the details."--(Lisa Gensheimer, author of Pennsylvania Wilds: Images from the Allegheny National Forest)

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Thomas Paquette 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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For those not familiar with the work of Thomas Paquette, by all means treat yourself to an affordable version in quality reproduction of some of the finest art being made today. These tiny gem-like gouaches pack the power of full sized paintings, exquisite draftsmanship, and the freshness of plein-aire. The paintings are reproduced actual size, one of the many remarkable characteristice of this book. (The smallest is 2'' x 1-3/4''!!) Be prepared to enter a tiny world of huge visual and emotional experience. I plan on keeping several copies of this wonderful book on hand as gifts to introduce this lush and vibrant art to my friends.