The dreamy, ephemeral mixed-media creations of Spanish artist Carmen Calvin are both subtle and profound, integrating beautiful combinations of colors and a strong sense of rhythm within recognizable figurative themes. Combining various materials including oil, watercolor, synthetics, and pencil, Calvin has established the technique of grisallas as a hallmark of her work, where gray shades and scales are used to create a nuance of expression. A former teacher of classic ballet, Calvin draws from her rich experience and deep understanding of the intersections and juxtapositions of rhythm, plasticity, and the beauty of forms in her work.
While Calvin’s paintings are visually stunning, their real power lies in the depth of expression offered to the viewer. In a way, the paintings have become another manifestation of the dance, a medium in which artist and audience can connect in the realm of human feelings, emotions, and common experience. As Calvin elaborates, “I found that, as in the ballet, I was connecting my interior feelings with those of other persons through my paintings.”
Carmen Calvin currently lives and works in Madrid, Spain.