Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Walsingham Gallery Press Release


The Walsingham Gallery
47 Merrimac Street, Newburyport, MA 01950

An Exclusive Exhibition with French Painter Jean-Pierre Besenval, opens Sat., March 26 at the Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport with an artist’s reception from 6-9 p.m.
Celebrating our first European artwork exhibition, Jean-Pierre joins us from Paris for an exclusive 12-day only exhibition featuring his latest collection of 15th Century Renaissance style paintings on wood-panel of the Tuscan & Umbrian landscape. The exhibit will be on display through April 5th only, when most works will return to Paris.

Jean-Pierre was born in Paris in 1956 to a family that originated from Italy. In 1977 he studied with Georges Guillot, a master artist in painting on wood, at his studio in Rue des Francs Bourgeois, Paris. From 1978-1981 Jean-Pierre pursued his passion for the Italian Renaissance period, and refined his studies in Florence while painting in the Tuscan countryside.
His works have been displayed in the Cloister of Billettes in Paris and has worked for fashion designer John Galliano of Christian Dior. In 1984 he opened his own atelier, an art gallery in the Marais neighborhood of Paris.
Jean-Pierre divides his time between Paris and Panicale, Italy. He currently teaches the antique methods of antique painting on wood in Panicale, Italy.
"Since my first trips in Italy, I have always been deeply touched by the rare atmosphere emanating from the works of art of the Italian Renaissance discovered during my visits. I couldn’t say if the Tuscan landscapes helped me to discover the pictorial work of art, or if, on the contrary, the paintings opened my eyes on the magic of this country. But what I am sure of is that I have been greatly moved by these lands and that I often go back there to learn this language with an eye to have a better understanding of this spirit. The paintings, the frescos, the altarpieces and the polychrome sculptures impressed me so much so that I wanted to carry on an activity close to these works. Indeed, it was at that moment that I chose to turn myself towards a work marked by the spirit of Cinquecento. Then, I discovered the Flemish painting from the 15th century, in which I found some emotions of Italian painting."- Jean-Pierre Besenval

Show will run March 26 - April 5, 2016.
 WHAT: An Exclusive Exhibition with French Painter Jean-Pierre Besenval
WHERE: The Walsingham Gallery, 47 Merrimac Street, Newburyport, Massachusetts
WHEN: Saturday, March 26, from 6-9 p.m.
TAKE NOTE: Artist Jean-Pierre Besenval in attendance, refreshments to be served
COST Free and open to the public
For more information about this upcoming event, contact gallery owners Kari Bernard or Ann Maloof at Stop by the gallery to view why Walsingham is a 2 time winner of the “Editors Choice, Best Art Gallery” by North Shore Magazine’s BONS Awards.

About us… 
The Walsingham Gallery is located in the classic seaport town of Newburyport, Massachusetts and is consistently awarded for its commitment to offering artistic excellence and customer service, The Walsingham Gallery is considered a "destination" for exceptional, original fine art.