Welcome to Lucie Hinden’s online gallery and website. Lucie contributes all proceeds to Step Up On Second in Santa Monica. Her son Josh created this wonderful website.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Lucie Hinden lives in Los Angeles and has been painting since 1998. She began by painting exclusively in watercolor and gouache, media that she often turns to when she is away from her studio. For the past several years, however, she has been focusing on acrylics and collage.
Lucie experiences painting as a long, meandering conversation. The “starting off” point is always a place or a group of objects that have meaning for her. The colors and shapes that emerge during the process then guide her and often dare her to try something she may not have originally intended to do. For her, that is both the joy and the challenge of painting.
Lucie is a member of Women Painters West, Jewish Artists Initiative, Collage Artists of America and Los Angeles Art Association.
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I work with acrylics and collage, exploring translucent layering, overlapping and pouring paint. My work has a combination of graphic and soft edges, representational elements, patterns and abstraction. The accidental merges with the planned out.
I paint collage pieces on mylar or textured papers and often camouflage them within my paintings. The viewer discovers them slowly. Collage offers me an additional unlimited palette as I work and adds a vibrant edge and an element of surprise that contrasts with the graphic or atmospheric background.
In the series Best Laid Plans, I was inspired by architectural plans from our own home and garden. They brought to mind that all man-made plans are built on fragile surfaces, often go astray, or even awry. The plans take on a life of their own and lead us onto unexpected paths. In art, as in life, we wander into unexplored territory. In most of these paintings, I try not to articulate any particular kind of space to underscore the unpredictability of our best laid plans. The architectonic and the ethereal coexist in this imaginary place. My goal is to convey a sense of this, without spelling it out. Art is, after all, a personal experience, so the viewer is free to find what is personally meaningful.
I am currently experimenting with a series of intricate grids made with painted papers and acrylic paint.The papers are folded in different ways and dipped in paint, before I begin work on the canvas. I then select the most interesting painted papers and organize them on the grid into a harmonious whole as if i were putting together a puzzle. It gives me the opportunity to blend chance and purpose on canvas. I am always surprised to see where the process takes me.
For the time being, I am drawn to architectural or geometric shapes with a particular interest in what can be revealed in the negative spaces. I suspect that, whether I gravitate to the organic or the architectural, color and pattern will remain central to my work.