With celebrity admirers including Emma Roberts, Catherine Deneuve and John Malkovich, New York-based painter Cindy Shaoul merits attention at the upcoming Affordable Art Fair September 23-26 (Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street). See for yourself in Stand E8 why Ashley Park just gifted her friend, and Emily in Paris co-star Lily Collins, Shaoul’s romantic custom painting Lily and Charlie in Paris as a wedding gift.
Shaoul’s style fuses old and new through her Impressionist and abstract painting methods which add a touch of haute couture and street art on the side. She has been profiled in “Vanity Fair” and “Luxe,” among other prestigious media outlets.
Cindy Shaoul is best recognized for her series “Brides,” “Dripping Dots” and “Hearts,” as well as her plein-air street scenes of quintessential New York locations.
Shaoul’s “Brides” series was inspired by haute couture – classic beauty from the days of Audrey Hepburn and the elegance of Degas’ Ballerinas.
“I wanted to create a collection that would emit elegance and the purity of the feminine form,” Cindy Shaoul explained. “I want her beauty to be uncovered through abstract expressionism while fusing impressionistic techniques as well. With this series, I aim to create exotic forms with expressive and highly textural brushstrokes that are full of intense color, loosely inspired by artists of the French Impressionist movement such as Renoir, Degas and Mary Cassatt.”
She added, “I want the Bride to have a dazzling explosion of variable life to symbolize the future that lies ahead for her. The surprise of the rhythm is what excites me while creating these pieces, and I aspire to bridge what I’ve learned in school with my passion for exuberant abstraction and depth of color into the essence of her figure and spirit.”
Shaoul’s “Dripping Dots” cascade down the canvas with colorful style and grace. The chunky dots are filled with life and set the viewer on a path to the dreamy locations they’re named after.
“I am inspired by travel, people and the emotions we feel while we are away. I want to bring back those feelings into a piece and have the colors take you on a journey,” the artist said. “When the painting is completed, I name the work after a destination which evokes a certain mood and nostalgia. From Monaco to Barcelona and the South of France, each painting’s unique voice vibrates with color, emotion and transcendental energy which brings us to these exotic places instantly.”
Cindy Shaoul is represented by Lilac Gallery (NYC), Grogan Gallery (Houston), Peanut Gallery (NJ) and Lerebours Antiques (NY).