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  • Design Credit: Samantha Todhunter Design Ltd., Photo Credit: Oliver Clarke. Dimensions: H 29.5 in. x W 37.5 in.
  • Design Credit: Lucy Harris Studio, Photo Credit: Francesco Bertocci. Dimensions: H 29.5 in. x W 37.5 in.
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Karina Gentinetta
"Poppies" Abstract Study in Hues of White, Red and Black Pencil, 29.5" x 37.5"

2020

$7,650

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"Poppies" 2020, 29.5" x 37.5" is an original and one of a kind acrylic, oil pastels and pencil study on gallery paper by Argentine born artist Karina Gentinetta (featured in Elle Decor, the New York Times, Traditional Home, Veranda Magazine, Luxe Magazine, and 1stdibs Introspective Magazine among others). This is a departure of Ms. Gentinetta's more known black and white abstracts. A mixture between artistic compositions and pencil sketches, this painting/drawing speaks of a purposeful contrast between the very "fluid" and "in-the-moment" state of mind that we may be drawn to in life and the rational and predictable lives that some of us choose to pursue by either force or practicality. The compositions are childlike but disciplined, and a complete juxtaposition between intellectual pursuits and creativity. Painted in bold hues of red, white and black with pencil details. Measures: 29.5" x 37.5" framed in a white wooden shadow box frame. Actual painting measures 22" x 30". This is a rare work on paper in that Ms. Gentinetta's works are mostly large scale paintings on canvas. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Karina Gentinetta is a former lawyer turned artist. Karina Gentinetta's paintings have received national and international recognition and her work has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Elle Décor, Luxe Interiors, Veranda, Traditional Home, More Magazine, and 1stdibs' Introspective Magazine. Most recently, she has received acclaim for her large, vibrant canvasses that channel the best of 20th-century abstraction. Her works are available on 1stdibs online or personally at the Gallery at 200 Lex at the New York Design Center. Commissions may be requested.

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Karina Gentinetta

Like many creatives, Karina Gentinetta’s road to success wasn’t a straight line. Before she became a prolific abstract painter of mesmerizing, charged works in acrylics, pencil, oil pastels and charcoal, she was a lawyer.

Born in Buenos Aires, Gentinetta and her siblings fled with her parents during Argentina’s Dirty War, when thousands of people were killed or forcibly disappeared by the government. The Gentinettas arrived in New Orleans, where Karina later graduated from Tulane University Law School. She initially wanted to major in art, but her cautionary parents — her father drove a taxi in New Orleans — urged their bright daughter to study something more practical.

She practiced law for 13 years before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, destroying her and her husband’s home. Gentinetta found herself at a fork in the road: law or art? She chose the latter. She also began to nurture her interest in the beauty of vintage objects and how they could be reborn, opening a shop for antique furniture. Some of her earliest paintings were made to complement her antique presentations.

Inspired by artists like Cy Twombly and Franz Kline, Gentinetta’s abstract paintings — typically pale canvases with calculated bursts of color — are emotional. Others bear a more stark palette of black and white with intense and sometimes graphic strokes. Gentinetta often uses materials that one might find at a construction site, like wall plaster and house paint, symbolically and tactilely responding to how her city was wrecked but has endured. Her collectors have included Courtney Love Cobain, and in 2016 she collaborated with RH Modern on a limited-edition series. Gentinetta’s work tells a unique story that does not end after a glance.

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