I recenlty discovered artist Kathe Fraga. I found one of her paintings on instagram when scrolling through popular posts and immediately popped over to her news feed. I was delighted to find more of her beautiful work. Her paintings have a timeworn look and resemble aged decorative fresco panels like you would see in old Parisian mansions. Leaves,vines and flowers intertwined with birds creating a modern day version of chinoiserie. Each painting is layered and distressed on canvas with a lacquered finish or frescoed on panels.
Kathe's website says her art is inspired by:
"the beauty and romance of old: vintage silky kimonos, hand-worked embroidery, lacquered little boxes, blocked wallpaper and panels form years ago, distressed with age, revealing a soft lovliness still...you'll see layered colors peeking out behind one another - pinks, blues, lavenders - speckles of gold, a wisp of glitter. Look for a small shy heart. A nestle of lovebirds. A French phrase. Each piece meant to be seen as a part of a larger scene that's been hidden away...until now"