‘Yellow Hat’

Tim Genet, Fountain Valley

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From June 24 through Aug. 28, Genet is an exhibitor at Art-A-Fair, 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-494-4514, art-a-fair.com.

Genet didn’t pursue his interest in art until his wife enrolled him in a class when he was 20. Now, 39 years later, he shows his expressive figurative works at the Quorum Gallery in Laguna Beach and Copperwood Artware Gallery in Orange, as well as the Art-A-Fair festival opening this month.

Starting with a sketch, Genet says he pushes his figures “out of alignment” toward an edge of the canvas “to make the viewer want to take a second look.” He then works on the face with a palette knife and stiff bristle brushes before incorporating color combinations into the figure’s clothing and background.

“I develop color combinations as the painting progresses. As it nears completion, small gems of pure, contrasting colors are dotted in to catch the viewer’s eye.” He keeps his figures free of facial features and other details “to engage the viewer to finish the story himself.”

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This article originally appeared in the June 2011 issue.

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