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2 Portrait of Jennifer Guidi_Photography by Brica Wilcox_Courtesy of Gagosian_2

Artist Jennifer Guidi Charges Us with Color at Château La Coste

Guidi Unveils a New Collection of Iconic Landscapes

On June 20 in Provence, Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer Guidi debuted her latest sand mandala paintings at the Richard Rogers Gallery within the majestic Château La Coste, currently on view through September 3. The solo show, titled “Mountain Range,” fully embraces the art of the landscape and is displayed creatively throughout the space, which is set upon a serene hilltop. Château La Coste is a Garden of Eden between the city of Aix-En-Provence and Luberon National Park, celebrating a trifecta of beloved art forms—winemaking, art, and architecture. The 500-acre vineyard hosts artists for dazzling exhibitions both outdoors and within five galleries on site. The breathtaking vistas of mountains and valleys blanketed in fields of lavender is a magnetic pairing with Guidi’s hypnotic works of sand and vibrant pigment on linen canvas. 

8 Jennifer Guidi-Miracles of Nature, 2023 Jennifer Guidi, “Miracles of Nature,” 2023, 27 × 34 × 2 1⁄2 in., sand, acrylic, oil and rocks on linen; © Jennifer Guidi, photo by Brica Wilcox, courtesy of Gagosian.
7 Dreams Stretched Along the Roof of the World - Jennifer Guidi Jennifer Guidi, “Dreams Stretched Along the Roof of the World,” 2023, 74 × 92 × 2 1⁄2 in., sand, acrylic, oil and rocks on linen; © Jennifer Guidi, photo by Brica Wilcox, courtesy of Gagosian.

Artwork as Meditation

In dialogue with nearby permanent installations by visionaries such as Frank O. Gehry, Tracey Emin, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Sophie Calle, and Jean Nouvel, Guidi’s highly skilled works immerse viewers in shimmering representations of mother nature’s architecture. Building from a base layer of sand and a myriad of pigments, the artist uses a hand-carved dowel as her tool of choice, marking the ethereal landscape with a radiant pattern which flows energetically from an undisclosed energy source. The result is spiritual, sacred, even supernatural, as rainbow-hues ebb and flow like divine laser beams around steady mountaintops. Guidi embraces metaphors of freedom, challenge, and serenity that are imbued in mountain imagery, welcoming viewers to take time with the artwork for meditation, self-reflection, and rejuvenation. 

6 Truths Woven Within - Jennifer Guidi Jennifer Guidi, “Truths Woven Within,” 2023, 40 × 80 × 2 1⁄2 in., sand, acrylic, oil and rocks on linen; © Jennifer Guidi, photo by Brica Wilcox, courtesy of Gagosian.
5 We Live in a World of Wonders - Jennifer Guidi Jennifer Guidi, “We Live in a World of Wonders,” 2023; 27 × 34 × 2 1⁄2 in., sand, acrylic, oil and rocks on linen; © Jennifer Guidi, photo by Brica Wilcox, courtesy of Gagosian.
4 Portrait of Jennifer Guidi_Photography by Brica Wilcox_Courtesy of Gagosian_5 Portrait of Jennifer Guidi; photo by Brica Wilcox, courtesy of Gagosian.

Connecting Universal Themes 

Both suspended within the gallery and set against the white walls, each electrifying painting is a passageway, merging the great mysteries of nature and ourselves. Inspired by impressionists and pointillists in her evocative style, Guidi creates a dreamlike bridge between rock-ribbed California mountain ranges and the softened hills of Provence, designing a universal stage of restorative light, organic forms, and velvety textures. Miracles of Nature (2023) presents a humming sky of pink, turquoise, and violet, while a mossy green summit blooming with pastel-colored life beckons below. A Return to Nature (2022) is a trance-inducing medley of colored sand, prismatic and joyful, reflecting earth, sky, and soul. “Colors charge us externally and internally,” explains Guidi. “I translate these colors into works every day. On an intuitive level, I am guided by the colors in nature.” 

3 Morning Wrapped Land Aglow - Jennifer Guidi Jennifer Guidi, “Morning Wrapped Land Aglow,” 2023, 74 × 92 × 2 1⁄2 in., sand, acrylic, oil and rocks on linen; © Jennifer Guidi, photo by Brica Wilcox, courtesy of Gagosian.
1 Hawk Soars Skyward - Jennifer Guidi Jennifer Guidi, “Hawk Soars Skyward,” 2023, 27 × 34 × 2 1⁄2 in., sand, acrylic, oil and rocks on linen; © Jennifer Guidi, photo by Brica Wilcox, courtesy of Gagosian.

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