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Fleur Spolidor
San Carlos, California

Fleur Spolidor, a San Francisco based artist, creates both digital and acrylic paintings that set Alice, from Alice in Wonderland, against the backdrop of contemporary San Francisco. The nostalgic widely known figure becomes entwined in the local history, politics, and current events. A fictionalized and surreal extension of Fleur herself, Alice enacts the realities faced by residents of any modern metropolis. While her paintings are representational and topical, the elements of adventure book whimsy and indelible childhood associations offer a lasting personal connection. She reflects her own French background through distinct Parisian delicate humor and traces of the 19th century French political cartoonist, Honoré Daumier.

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Alice and the Key to San Francisco
by FLEUR SPOLIDOR


Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
One-of-a-kind
Signed on front and back
2016

20" h x 16" w x 1.5" d
1 lbs. 2 oz.

$775


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This painting showing Alice with the key to open the door to San Francisco is the beginning of her adventures. Because she's entering a world surrounded by water she has a nautilus on her head. This cephalopod on her head is also a symbol of the schizophrenic lives we have in a big metropolis, always late or in a rush, stuck in traffic to go to work or to buy Christmas gifts. All the things we do, and even if we always try to do or best, they keep pilling up like we're doing the 12 labors of Hercules in one day. FYI at the end of the day, when you have a splitting headache, you look like that on the outside. 

To create my work, I first layer papers of all sorts, newspaper, wrapping paper, silk paper, patterns paper etc. In between layers I print with, or leave in all types of materials, both recycled and found, like plastics, papers, and metals. Waste that would take years to break down and disappear in a landfill.  I like to leave a lot of different textures of the canvas, from  rough to fine, even smooth, but more often coarse and uneven.

When the texturing step is nearly complete but still wet I add the background colors by layering them. I spray, flick, drop, imprint, paint the colors on top of each other, going from opaque to transparent. While the work is drying, the colors find their place and settle in. Colors and textures embrace each other and make one. This first part of the work is completely abstract and very liberating.

When it’s dried I start working on the figurative part of the work. In my works I bring Alice, who is pictured in San Francisco, into different situations, all linked to our lives in a busy world.

This piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges. It comes ready to hang. 

Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.

Stretched canvas

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