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Park West Presents “The Poetic World of Linda Le Kinff”

 In Art & Gallery News, Artists & Special Collections, Exhibits, Linda Le Kinff
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“Apostrophe” (2015), Linda Le Kinff

Enter a colorful world of elegant dresses, resplendent concerts and curious cats as Park West Gallery presents an exhibition featuring the artwork of acclaimed French artist Linda Le Kinff.

Park West invites the public to view “The Poetic World of Linda Le Kinff,” a solo exhibition featuring 56 works by Le Kinff, from March 6 through March 25 at its Southfield, Michigan gallery.

An opening reception with light refreshments will be held 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. Le Kinff will be present for the reception to meet with collectors and guests.

Many of the works, including rare, original graphic works and sculptures, have not been seen or offered to collectors prior to this exhibition, giving attendees the chance to acquire from a collection spanning several decades of Le Kinff’s oeuvre.

“We are pleased to offer such a rich collection of paintings during Linda Le Kinff’s solo exhibition in Park West Gallery,” says David Gorman, Park West Gallery Director.

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“Marise aux Hetits Pais” (2006), Linda Le Kinff

Gorman says although influences of Braque, Modigliani, and Matisse exist in Le Kinff’s works, she has found a way to incorporate art history as a springboard to launch her own unique style.

“There is a significant difference between copying and translating,” he says. “It is one thing to copy a Braque painting; but to translate that sensuality into a painting never seen before, that is an attribute of a modern master. Her lines are simplistic and impactful. Her colors are deliberate and courageous. Her approach hearkens the past and brings forth a new form of visual art.”

Le Kinff served as the official artist for the Kentucky Derby in 2010 and for the World Cup in 1998. The latter distinction was further celebrated by having one of her paintings minted into a commemorative coin by the French government, an honor never before offered to a living French artist.

Her artwork has been featured in the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris and in exhibitions located in India, Lebanon, Korea and Japan. Among her accolades is a State Commission in 1989 when Le Kinff was awarded a State Commission by then-Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac, for a series of engravings of the French revolution to celebrate the bicentennial (1789-1989).

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“Toquade” (2006), Linda Le Kinff

Le Kinff’s artwork doesn’t depend on models. Instead, she draws on inspiration from attending concerts, acts like Cirque du Soleil, and her various travels abroad. Her subjects are often depicted in formal attire or performing music. Occasionally, they will be accompanied by cats, which Le Kinff includes as a way of balancing her compositions.

“My inspiration is everyday life and the spectacle of everything – culture, travels, concerts, going to the theater and movies,” Le Kinff says.

Le Kinff has traveled the world learning various techniques. She learned lithography in Paris, sand and sumi techniques in Japan and polished and varnished woodworking and wood paneling in Italy. She has also mastered watercolor, acrylic and airbrush painting as well as serigraphy.

Entry to the opening reception and exhibition are complimentary. RSVP for the opening reception by calling (800) 521-9654 ext. 4 or email rsvp@parkwestgallery.com.

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  • Marc Liebman
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    My wife and I were admiring a portrait at Ciao Bella,a restaurant in Marco Island, Fl., of a group of characters at a cocktail party. There are lot of bright reds and a keyboard of a piano appears in the lower left hand corner. We would like to know if we could purchase a print of this portrait.

  • Erez Kats
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    Le Kinff is an amazingly elegant artist. Her paintings are so alive, colorful, and vivid. And I love her characterizations as well. She is a true master of whichever medium she chooses.

  • Margaret DeVivo
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    I have a seriolithogrh for sale. Rode du Soir. Please contact me if any interest.

  • TERRINA SANDERS
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    I Love it!!

  • maureen sihler
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    I won one of her prints on a cruise and love it

  • Pat Massier
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    i love her work and have originals as well as prints, all hanging in the same room. I wish we were at home instead of in our winter home so I could have enjoyed the exhibit. Maybe another time.

  • Elaine K. Kaiser
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    I consider Le Kinff to be one of our finest artists. I own two of her works and love them both. Her women are colorful, confident,& dynamic.
    Her art is extraordinary.
    Please place me on your email list. Thank you.

  • Ann Bocchino
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    Will be sailing on Crown Princess on 4/23/16 from Los Angeles, 7 day California Coastal. Any chance there will be any Linda LeKinff originals onboard? I’ve got one and would like another. Also sailing on Star Princess out of Los Angeles 11/10/16. Hope you can get some LeKinff originals on either of these cruises.

  • Robert Phillips
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    We purchased a Le Kinff on our 2014 Mediterranean Cruise and it now shares pride of place in our entry with a Toulouse Lautrec in our entry hall in our Gold Coast Home.

  • Linda Moses
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    So sorry we do not live in the area as I would live to attend. We have numerous Linda Le Kinff prints and four originals. We met her at a VIP auction in Atlanta is where we bought all four originals. She is a delightful person and interesting when she talks about her works.

  • Charles and Nancy Jackson
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    We love her work. We brought 5 pieces of her work on a recent cruise. We now own 7 pieces of Linda’s work. Is she coming anywhere close to the state of Rhode Island?

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