Artist: Ken Auster Title: Coastal Cactus Image Size: 40"w x 40"h (unstretched). Edition:Artist Hand Signed and Numbered Limited Edition to 50 Medium: MasterWork Giclée Canvas About the Art: "Plein air" is a term derived from the French phrase en plein air, which literally means "in the open air." It's a familiar concept today, but in the late 1800s when the Impressionists ventured out of their studios and into nature to capture the effects of sunlight and atmosphere, it was quite revolutionary. "Artists come to the Laguna Beach area from all over the world because of the light, the way the sea affects the atmosphere, and the natural beauty of the beach and surrounding hills," says artist Ken Auster, who brings his own fresh take to the classic plein air style. "I work only in oils, and my paintings are very 'juicy,' very loose and very of-the-moment."
Auster has an exceptional eye for chromatic subtleties and his understanding of color and light are on display in this pair of dramatically out-sized Laguna Beach, CA landscapes, the first two in a series of ten.
Although these were painted in his Laguna Beach studio, Auster uses the plein air style, which evokes more than it describes, and the viewer can spend a lifetime filling in the details as the eye travels, catches, and circles around through the landscape. The four feet wide giclee canvases (half the size of the original paintings) will be the conversation pieces in any room they grace. You can almost smell the land, heat and sea breeze in these West Coast landscapes.
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