HERE’S AN OUTSTANDING SIGNED ENAMEL-ON-COPPER PAINTING BY ARIZONA ARTIST DAPHNÉ KESKINIS THAT DEPICTS A SCENE FROM THE OLD WEST OF A COWBOY ENTERING WHAT APPEARS TO BE A SALOON AS HIS HORSE STANDS IN FRONT!
Daphné Keskinis, who was born in Paris, France, and trained at the École des Beaux Arts, is well known for her enamel-on-copper paintings depicting a wide range of subjects, including portraits, Japanese women influenced by 19th century Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, nudes, still lifes, seascapes, street scenes, among others!
Here Keskinis has created a quintessential Old West scene, probably inspired by Arizona’s early cowboy culture. It shows a cowboy entering an adobe-like building, probably a saloon, as his horse stands in front. Keskinis employed various shades of brown, blue, yellow, white, and orange enameling.
In addition, Keskinis selected a distressed-looking oak wood frame with a light brown leather surround in which to mount the enamel-on-copper painting, adding to the Old West visual flavor.
The dimensions of the enamel painting itself are approximately four and one half inches (4 1/2”) in width by three and one half inches (3 1/2”) in height. The original oak wooden frame measures approximately eleven inches (11”) in height by twelve inches (12”) in width.
Signed “Keskinis” in the lower left corner of the enamel painting and there is an original artist’s card taped to the backside that reads: “Keskinis Studio Enamels on Copper / 10157 E. Topaz, Scottsdale, AZ 85258” along with a phone number.
Condition: The enamel painting itself is in excellent and clean condition – absolutely beautiful! The frame is also in excellent and clean condition with a few small punctures and markings on the original paper backing.
Please scroll down to read the artist’s biography about Daphné Keskinis.
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DAPHNÉ KESKINIS BIO (information courtesy the website for Celebrateart)
“Daphné was born in Paris, France. Her whole family is involved in the history of art. Her heritage comes from afar. Her grandfather was an official portrait artist for presidents, kings and director of “Ecole des Beaux Arts”. Her work is represented in numerous museums. Her mother was a traditional watercolor artist. At the age of 21, Daphné moved to New York to show her artwork in an exclusive gallery.
Daphné started with oils and pastels, but for over 40 years has been enraptured by the medium of enamel. She studied with an old master, “Maitre Corlin”, who was a friend of Picasso and Braque. She currently works with oils and enamels from her Studio Gallery in Carefree, Arizona and in South France. In the inspiration of the new and old world, her subjects are versatile, bringing a force and excitement in panorama of both continents.
Enameling is the colorful result of fusing powdered glass to metal or glass by firing. The powder melts, flows and hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating. Applied enamel pottery and stone objects date back to the ancient Egyptians. The French invented the technique of “painting” with a special enamel called “blanc de Limoges” over a dark enameled surface to form a detailed picture, often human figure. Limoges enamel, made in Limoges, France is the most famous European center of vitreous enamel production.
When Daphné paints the fused powdered glass to copper, she creates ancient gardens, views of restaurants and cafes, chefs, religious images, and gorgeous bouquets. In the past few years, she has been creating contemporary paneled wall hangings where the flowing colors create emotional movement. Her enameled fabulous faces seem to speak to you as if they are someone you know.
Daphné has been oil and enamel painting at the Celebration of Fine Art since 1993.”
Original Framed Signed Daphné Keskinis Modern Enamel-on-Copper Art Painting-Plaque w/ Old Arizona Western Cowboy & Horse