After releasing the first round of its Fall/Winter 2019 artist collaborations back in July, pieces from Celine's Shawn Kuruneru collaboration have started to make their way online.

For his first official collaboration with the French House, the Canadian artist lends work from his ongoing series of shape paintings. Inspired by Chinese calligraphy, Western comics, and geometric abstraction, Kuruneru creates a series of abstract paintings that adorn sneakers, a denim jacket, a T-shirt and matching crewneck. His designs also feature on a series of leather accessories and a phone case.

"I want the paintings to read from a distance as bold and graphic, but reveal subtle details the closer you get," Kuruneru explains. "The longer you spend in front of the works the more the nuances of the material and brush marks show the intrinsic history of the painting."

Though he's best-known as a painter, for Kuruneru, drawing is the center of his art practice. "Everything I paint comes from my desire to draw," he says.

When he begins painting, Kuruneru describes his working process as intuitive. "It starts with quick loose gestures that develop into slow precise marks. I give a lot of attention to the spaces in-between the shapes," he explains. "There is a sense of tension and release when the shapes almost overlap but don't, like two bodies about to hit each other but stop on impact. In the most recent works, I consider the black shapes as shadows for invisible shapes that form and dissolve at the same time."

Browse the full collection above, then shop the first pieces from the collaboration here.


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