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Jean Claude Roy Artist Reception
November 6 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Grand Bohemian Gallery at Plant Riverside District will showcase original work by international Expressionist-Colorist Jean Claude Roy throughout the month of November and will host an exclusive Artist Reception and Private Meet and Greet on Monday, November 6 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., providing a special opportunity to meet the artist and view stunning new work.
Roy’s visit to Plant Riverside District is part of his 21st Annual Art Tour, which will feature original work on display exclusively at select Kessler Collection Grand Bohemian Gallery locations across the United States.
“We’re thrilled to bring Jean Claude Roy back to Plant Riverside District and to provide a special opportunity for collectors to meet this fascinating, incredibly talented artist in person,” said JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District Director of Gallery and Retail Amy Bodek. “Jean Claude will share breathtaking new paintings that have never been seen in Savannah and will mingle with guests at a special artist reception.”
A prolific painter who divides his time between France and Newfoundland, Roy traverses the countryside of France to capture the changing seasons, ritual harvests, fishing traditions and village life en plein air in his characteristic style. The season, climate and artist’s mood are all directly represented in Roy’s vibrant work.
“Each painting is a page from my diary,” Roy explains. “The canvas may show a certain place, but I am painting my feelings.”
Born in Rochefort-sur-Mer on the west coast of France in 1948, Roy is a highly accomplished international artist who paints dramatic, vibrant landscapes with oil paint and a palette knife. His work reflects the “feeling of the place” and celebrates the environments he paints.
Roy drew and painted from an early age and considers himself to be a self-taught artist. Since the late 1980s, a signature feature in his landscapes has been the presence of the sun, rendered in oils with brush and palette knife. One day, Roy looked up at the sun for so long, all he could see was black. He felt compelled to replace the yellow sun on his canvas with a black dot, which eventually led to his signature mark. The black sun has now become an important element in each of Roy’s works of art.
Grand Bohemian Gallery at Plant Riverside District is located at 400 W. River St. and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.