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Driven by Intuition: Artwork by Char DeRouin

A painting made with scraps of fabric on the canvasAmerican Rag 1 (detail), 1940s and 50s quilt pieces and house paint on canvas

Northern California-based artist Char DeRouin makes work that is driven by intuition. She layers soft colors and textures and uses a variety of media including papier maché, textile, and painting.

A photo of some handmade textile journalsHandmade journals

Though Char has distinct gallery in her portfolio through which she displays different art mediums, I enjoy how cohesive her body of work is as a whole. It seems that the artist approaches many different media with a similar intent and conceptual feeling. For example, many of the colors and patterns that appear in Char’s paintings have parallels in the textiles she uses – particularly her handmade journals which are assembled from scraps of fabric.


A screen capture of Char DeRouin's websiteThe front page of Char's art website

I find the artist’s figurative paintings particularly charming as well. They use a childlike, naïve style and yet still display skill in the way the colors and forms are given volume and built up over a background. The artist uses a similar technique for her floral works, with simplified forms for her flowers creating pretty halos of color.


An abstracted floral painting with a neutral backgroundConfetti (detail), acrylic and ink


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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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