Saturday, July 7, 2007

Statement for Jean Bourque at Starving Artist Cafe

Wonderful original artwork by talented international artist Jean Bourque is now showing at The Starving Artist Cafe in West Columbia, SC. Uniquely designed oil paintings; such as this one from the "Sailing" series are the work the artist is perhaps best known for. She was one of the artists that did a steel palmetto tree named "Op Art Tree". She also painted in the door project naming her art the "Mondrian Door" done in primary colors reminiscent of Mondrian's best known work, for the Cultural Council, Columbia, SC USA.

Statement from the Artist Jean Bourque....

My artwork has been influenced by a multitude of artists. In my prior career as an art rep; I had the opportunity to study wonderful historical pieces of art. Prior to that I worked as a studio assistant for Guy Lipscomb, a distinguished Southern artist with a national workshop following. Everyday, Guy would paint abstract paintings in acrylics and water color and explain the techniques while working. I really was fortunate to have worked with such an experienced art educator. He taught me so much more than I could have ever learned in workshops. It was not uncommon for Guy to complete as many as fifteen paintings a week.

Bourque has been involved in many art events where she played a leadership role. Her prior posts have included being former President of the Seven Oaks Art League, Art Director for the WWTP Silent Art Auction, Librarian at the Crooked Creek Art League. She has trained in oil painting with television star, Ilona Royce Smithken for several years, Jason Chang in Pastels and Gerald Brommer in collage. Jean has her degree in Business Management and considers herself a life long student. She has never "finished" school since every year of her life she has taken at least one course, typically she takes 3-5 a year. 'Student' is just one of the many hats she wears. She is an avid reader, writer and artist. She loves music of all kinds and is greatly influenced by music selections when creating works of art.
Although her work has been influenced by many artists; Bourque, has a style all her own. Many people are able to recognize her work as a Jean Bourque original. If you need directions to the July art show; would like to call in a "To Go" order or inquire about menus or open hours; please call The Starving Artist Cafe at (803) 791-3770. To read more about the Cafe see the post below.

yours truly;

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