March 9th, 2009
Niki De St. Phalle
Born in 1930 as Catherine Marie-Agnes Fal de Saint Phalle at Neuilly-sur-Seine, Niki de Saint Phalle is the second out of five children. Her mother is Jeanne Jacqueline, nee Harper and her father, a banker, is Andre Marie de Saint Phalle.
(http:www.askart.com/askart/artist.aspx?artist=117201).In 1950 she began to produce her first paintings. After this she led to assemblages of plaster and her “shooting paintings.” These were pictures that are plaster including containers of paint below the surface that explode when shot by a pistol. Many other sculptural assemblages continued to follow and in 1965, she created her very first “Nana.” This is a large, voluptuous and bright painted female structures, created in papier mache and then made in polyester. (http://www.oneroom.org/sculptors/desaintphalle.html).
A lot of her work is very colorful and large sculptures which are often of women or interesting objects. It is usually fairly easy to tell her work apart from others because of the simplicity of the design and the smoothness of the textures. Other works do include some paintings and other medias but she mostly specializes in sculpture like works. Other various pieces include stage sets and costumes, movies, graphic work, chairs and a sculptural playground.
In may of 2002 niki passed away which meant the losss of a very diverse creative talent. She will be greatly missed in the art world and many other ways. Some of her most well know works are Tarot Garden and her stunning sculpture garden in Italy (http://www.thejoyofshards.co.uk/tuscan/index.shtml). These are very well know works through out the art world and are greatly appreciated and viewed by many people of many different cultures. Her death is a tradgic loss to the art world and the world in general, she will be missed but never forgettten.