I met Montreal-based artist Karine Bassal in 2004, and attended her first exhibition three years later. I am the proud owner of a fantastic 20 x 20 inch painting, which depicts a close-up of a bright blue eye with lashes so lush and skin so velvety, it makes me envious. Painted in oil (and not air brushed as many believe), Karine’s paintings portray women who are strong, confident, and not afraid to look at you directly in the eye.
1. Nat P. by Karine Bassal / 2. Best purchase: leopard heals! / 3. Loving Mark Rothko / 4. The best thing about MTL? The Jazz Festival / 5. Number one music choice: Janis Joplin / 6. Loving Andy Warhol / 7. Everyone needs a little black dress / 8. Gin and tonic with lime, please! / 9. MM byKarine Bassal
Karine Bassal, Madonna, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches (SOLD)
Photograph taken by Christine Guérette, Dimension Plus
Your husband is a musician. Which are your top three songs?
Cheesy but true... my favourite morning ritual is rocking with my son Louka while he drinks his milk and we read books for a half hour. It's a relaxed and snugly way to wake-up and ease into the day before the craziness starts.
What’s the best thing about living in Montreal?
That’s easy: the Jazz Fest. You get awesome shows for free and great people watching guaranteed!
Karine Bassal, La muse (sepia), oil on canvas, 30 x 60 inches (SOLD)
My little black strapless dress from Bedo and my 4-inch leopard heels. Oh, and earrings. Earrings can make you look good with very minimal effort!
Any favourite quotes?
Photograph taken by The Village Gallery