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Joyful, Positive Artworks by Cecile Blanche Bekolo Koe

A painting of two African masks by Cecile Blanche Bekolo KoeMask 02

Today’s featured artist hails from Brossard, Quebec – though she was born in Cameroon and has lived all over the world. Cecile Blanche Bekolo Koe creates joyful, positive artworks that utilize clean lines and bright colours to create a great sense of exuberance in her subject matter.


"On The Road" painting series on the website of Cecile Blanche Bekolo KoeCecile's gallery, "On The Road", on her website

I really enjoy the way that Cecile combines bright, splashy patterns and washes of paint with solid shapes and deep shadows – some of her figures are ethereal, made up entirely of different colours and patterns, while some of them appear solid, and the texture creates an effect like some sort of uncommon stone or marble. Most of the images on Cecile’s website – – are of her dancing figures. These paintings capture the movement and celebratory nature of a traditional African dance using minimal lines and shapes of solid pattern. While the paintings err more on the side of abstraction, they do so by stripping a figure down to its most basic, sketch-like elements, capturing the spirit of the dance. 


A stylized painting of a traditional African danceDance

A painting of several horsemen riding across a desert landscapeFantasia 2

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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