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Delphine and Jay at work

 

Delphine and Jay: the concrete and the abstract

collaborative conceptual paintings by Delphine, born September 2014, and Jay Rechsteiner, born October 1971

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." - Pablo Picasso

Fascinated by the way young children (especially toddlers) draw and paint, I have decided to work together with my two-year old daughter Delphine. In general the work explores aesthetics and pictorial composition with a focus on the notions of the concrete and the abstract, clash, balance, anarchy & the dialogue between opposites. Besides this, I think it also sheds light on the correlation between a structured understanding of painting (method) and the raw impulse to create.

Based upon an initial drawing or painting by Delphine I 'finish' the work creating a final painting. Delphine decides on the colours and painting materials she wants to use for her part in the process. I always respect her work. However, I sometime 'erase' (by painting over) what she has done. Not because I object to her work but because I want to fully incorporate Delphine's work into mine and thus make it our work. I see no difference in leaving her marks or erasing them as interaction with her work is essential for the development of our paintings. It helps me to develop my own understanding of painting, aesthetics, beauty, chaos, order and balance.

One might argue that I use Delphine as a tool. And yes, I would not deny it. She certainly is a tool but more than that I see her as a collaborator. An interesting aspect of our collaboration is Delphine's artistic development and how that will affect our possible work in the future.

 

 

Paintings

As the work mainly explores aesthetics and pictorial composition, I have decided to number the paintings instead of giving them specific titles.
Click on the images to see the individual paintings (new pages)

Painting 01 by Delphine and Jay Painting 03 by Delphine and Jay Painting 04 by Delphine and Jay
Painting 05 by Delphine and Jay Painting 06 by Delphine and Jay Painting 07 by Delphine and Jay Painting 08 by Delphine and Jay
Painting 09 by Delphine and Jay Painting 10 by Delphine and Jay Painting 11 by Delphine and Jay Painting 12 by Delphine and Jay
Painting 13 by Delphine and Jay Painting 14 by Delphine and Jay Painting 15 by Delphine and Jay Painting 16 by Delphine and Jay
Painting 17 by Delphine and Jay Painting 18 by Delphine and Jay Painting 19 by Delphine and Jay Painting 20 by Delphine and Jay
Painting 21 by Delphine and Jay Painting 22 by Delphine and Jay Painting 23 by Delphine and Jay Delphine and Jay, painting by Jay Rechsteiner, Swiss artists
Delphine and Jay, painting by Swiss artist Jay Rechsteiner Delphine and Jay, painting by Swiss artist Jay Rechsteiner Delphine and Jay, painting by Swiss artist Jay Rechsteiner Delphine and Jay, painting by Swiss artist Jay Rechsteiner
Delphine and Jay, painting by Swiss artist Jay Rechsteiner Delphine and Jay, painting by Swiss artist Jay Rechsteiner Delphine and Jay, painting by Swiss artist Jay Rechsteiner Delphine and Jay, painting by Swiss artist Jay Rechsteiner
Delphine and Jay, painting by Swiss artist Jay Rechsteiner Delphine and Jay, painting by Swiss artist Jay Rechsteiner    

 

 

 

music:
'The Ebb and the Flow' by Fogheart (Fabian Measures)
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Fabian_Measures/

 

 

Paintings by Delphine and Jay
Painting 01 and Painting 04 in-situ

 

 

 

 

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