The Art and Design Film Festival: Loving Vincent

November 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Newport Art Museum
76 Bellevue Ave
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 848-8200

“We cannot speak other than by our paintings.”
Written by Vincent van Gogh in a letter the week before his death.

27th July 1890.  A gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers.  The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly.

This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist; now the most famous artist in the world. His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot.

Loving Vincent tells this story in the world’s first fully painted feature film. Every one of the 65,000 frames in the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil painters. A remarkable and intense labor of love.

Post Film Discussion and Q&A with Loving Vincent painter Kat Knutsen

In 2016 Kat was selected as one of the 120 artists among 5,000+ worldwide applicants to work on ‘Loving Vincent’ in Gdansk, Poland. Kat studied figurative painting and interdisciplinary research at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she combined fine art and social psychology and received MFA at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. After school she started an independent monthly art publication called ‘The Siren’ that focused on the art, literary and music scene in and around New Bedford, Massachusetts. As an instructor, Kat incorporates her studio research in her teaching practice. Her favorite aspect of making art is combining aesthetics with information, Her studio practice has a multidisciplinary approach where the concept drives her selection of media.

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