“I have always been creative. I always wrote, imagined, thought, dreamed,” said French painter Veronique Periano, who is set to open in a solo exhibition on August 26th, 2018 at Upper West.
Her exhibition entitled “You got me floatin’” features over seventeen works, Periano will be exhibiting work painted in 2017 and 2018 as part of her solo show.
At a young age, Veronique discovered her love of art. Growing up, she lived all over France and was inspired by legendary artists. In 1992, Periano started her journey as a painter. She first started painting with acrylic, then in 2011, she added mixed media into her work, “I found it liberating because it gave me expansion.”
She moved to the United States in the 1980’s, where she continued her career as an artist. By 2006 she was exhibiting her work in Los Angeles. Periano does not work in series per say, but chooses to work within a theme.
Inspiration comes to Periano from many diverse places, her surroundings, nature, and other artists. “I have truly been inspired by major work of arts in museum all over the world.” She said she also enjoyed visiting small galleries and art shows. “Many of Mark Rothko’s pieces in Washington DC NGA got me in tears. Picasso in Barcelona museum got me filled with awe. And all the famous and not so famous artists who painted the south of France.”
“Since in California I have discovered and loved the work of Ed Moses,” said Periano. “To me, he and his cohorts represent the West Coast Art and in particular the Southern California Art. Scot Heywood, a friend of Ed (and an old friend of mine), taught me the lesson of singleness of purpose.”
Periano’s sister-in-law brought her to Upper West and she immediately became a fan of the restaurant. “Upper West is able to mix taste, class, humility, affordability and keeps it relaxing for all,” said Periano. “The best place I have seen in L.A. county in decades.”
She went on to say the food was amazing. “As a French person, I have the duty to regard food as a serious matter. I can honestly say that Upper West has never disappointed me. I am always surprised and pleased by the mixing of flavors and the freshness of it all. It is unpretentious, but yet grand. Innovative, but yet traditional.”
“You got me floatin’” opens at Upper West” on Sunday August 26, 2018. The opening reception which runs from 4:00pm to 7:00pm will offer the public the chance to meet the artist. Upper West Restaurant is located at 3321 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica 90404. To find out more about the artist and the restaurant, see http://www.theupperwest.com ;