Régis Pettinari is a French painter whose work I have admired for years, but am just now writing about — perhaps because every time I visit his blog, I find myself spending way too much time looking back through his extensive archive of work instead of writing my post.
Pettinari is a painter of Paris, in the eyes of many (your humble writer included), the most beautiful of cities. Like a number of artists who have found Paris an irresistible subject, Pettinari has a special fascination with the Seine, the beautiful river on which the city was founded, and around which much of the activity at the heart of Paris still revolves.
In the Seine, its varied quays, boats and barges, beautiful bridges and surrounding architecture, Pettinari finds endless inspiration. His compositions explore the area’s range of moods — in sun, overcast, rain, snow, and all manner of light and shadow.
Pettinari’s work is more painterly than it might appear in small reproductions. In recent posts, he has been working smaller and looser, with a more painterly surface. He has also recently been posting his paintings on the blog with larger reproductions than in past years, much to my delight.
Though Pettinari’s paintings can feel casual and relaxed, they are founded on strongly geometric compositions, a solid grasp of linear perspective, sensitive value relationships and a subtle handling of color.
If you go back far enough through his blog, you’ll find older posts in which he has both French and English comments. He has since settled on more simple listings in French, but Pettinari’s paintings, like the beauty of Paris itself, need no translation.