you’re strolling down a fabulous old street in the heart
of Paris and you spy a wonderful decades-old mansion,
sooty with age and covered with gargoyles and window
boxes overflowing with lavender, roses, honeysuckle. You
stop to admire but then, out of the corner of your eye
you see a big black wrecking ball about to smash the
building down. 'Noooo,' you cry as you clutch your Lulu
Guinness handbag and rush in, determined to save the
age-old hand-decorated plastered panel walls."
The paintings in Kathe Fraga's
French Wallpaper Series
evoke the hand-painted, timeworn walls of a grand old Parisian mansion. Each piece resembles an aged
decorative fresco panel adorned with
birds and flowers,
vines and leaves in a modern Chinoiserie style.
Kathe’s art is inspired by the
beauty and romance of old: vintage silky kimonos,
hand-worked embroidery, lacquered little boxes, blocked
wallpaper and panels from years ago, distressed with
age, revealing a soft loveliness still…you’ll see
layered colors peeking out behind one another—pinks,
blues, lavender—speckles of gold, a wisp of glitter.
Look for a small shy heart. A nestle of lovebirds. A
French phrase. Each piece meant to be seen as part of a
larger scene that’s been hidden away…until
The influence of time spent by
the artist living in the beautiful old cities of South
America, Denmark, England, and France can be clearly
Kathe's paintings are acrylic
on frescoed canvas, finished with lacquer.
Kathe Fraga is
represented on Bainbridge Island by
Galleries, on Whidbey Island by
Museo, in Friday Harbor by
Gallery, and in New Orleans by
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