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FEEDBACK FROM PARIS (article first published : 2000-11-25)

Ryan Arenson (30), winner of last year's Absa Atelier Art Competition, tells of his six-month sojourn in Paris at the Cité Internationale des Arts, the Parisian enclave for artists from around the world, sponsored by Absa.

When Arenson won the coveted Absa Atelier Art Award in 1999, he had no idea how his life would change. "Although I had achieved success in South Africa, I was starting to feel as though I had reached a plateau as an artist. I was awestruck by the opportunity to stay at the studio co-owned by Absa and Sanava at the Cité but had no idea how it would affect my life. Being at the Cité exposes you to so much - lectures, classes, exhibitions and shows. Not just painters, but artists of all forms reside at the Cité for various periods. I met a ballet dancer from Switzerland, a musician from Paris, an oil-painter from Israel."

The Cité is located right in the heart of Paris and is close to all the galleries. Arenson found himself delighted and inspired by the works of the Masters and Mistresses: "I have fallen in love with painting again. I know a lot of people are moving into other forms of modern art and techniques, and that's fine, but I have a renewed faith in the traditional forms. As an Atelier Award winner, I was given access to all the cultural venues. I was deeply humbled by the works hanging in the galleries - Delacroix, Goya, Vermeer .... they were the true masters at painting. On my first visit to the Louvre, I just sat for hours staring at Leonardo's Mona-Lisa - the Queen of the Louvre - I don't care what people say."

Although his detailed technique of painting has not changed, he has been re-inspired by the line work of Albert Drecher and returns to Paris in December for an indefinite period. "I can learn so much by being based in Paris. I will be close to my research material - books, original works, teachers. At the Cité I was introduced to gallerists, fellow painters, teachers - people who could help me reach new heights with my career. In SA, when people find out your profession, they perceive you to be a “struggling artist”, on the fringe of society, someone who should get a “real” job. But in Paris, you're immediately accepted, even respected for it."

While at the Cité, Arenson exhibited his South African collection of work. "It is quite hard to break into the art scene as you can imagine. There is just so much talent there. But I was very encouraged by the feedback."




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