Interested in memory and the cinematic, I find inspiration in images drawn from 1960s New Wave French and Italian art films (a form of collective archive), super 8 reels from personal archives, and found or personal photographs. Such mediated images provide a space for the recovery of memories through the medium of painting.
The submitted body of work stems from recently rediscovered Super 8 reels that my father shot around the world during his business travels in the 70s and 80s. They epitomise a world on the brink of globalisation. Carefully selected stills from those reels are appropriated and redefined during the painting process, which allows a distant past to be brought back into the present and new narratives to emerge. They are often painted on the same format to replicate the sequencing of film and due to the very nature of their degraded source, they hover between abstraction and figuration: at times the brushwork is more defined and at others more loose and free. Painted on board with thin layers of paint often laid over a carefully chosen ground, they aim to reflect the fragility and transience of memory. My use of colour, influenced by post-impressionism (and in particular Bonnard, Vuillard, Vallotton and Matisse), is an essential tool to create dreamlike surreal spaces of memory, half remembered, half imagined.
CV & Education
Born and raised in France
Lives and works in London
2010-2014: Wimbledon College of Art: Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art /Painting
2008-2010: Chelsea College of Art: Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
The Alchemist garden, group show, Graham Hunter Gallery, Marylebone, London
Tales of the Unexpected, joint exhibition with Isabelle Hayman, One Paved Court gallery, Richmond, 19/06-30/06
No Format Gallery, Painting Open 2018, Deptford, London
Festival du Film Insulaire, Ile de Groix, France;
Curated and exhibited in The Landscape of Time group show
at The Crypt, St Marylebone Parish Church, London, a space run by Contemporary British Painting
Made in Arts London annual exhibition in the offices of Harmonic Capital, City of London (September 2016 to June 2017);
The Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, 11-14th May with Made in Arts London.
The Art Maze Exhibition, 14-18 Dec 2016, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London South Bank
The other Art Fair, 6-9 oct 2016, The Old Truman Brewery, London
Europa, JTransition gallery, Regents Studios, London
Open studios Art Show (May and November), Wimbledon Art Studios, London
Fragments and Traces (1): L’invitation au voyage, joint exhibition with Kelise Franclemont at Platform 1 Gallery, Wandsworth Common Train station, London (part of Wandsworth Fringe Arts Festival)
Open studios Art Show (May and November), Wimbledon Arts Studios, London
Zeitgeist Summer Exhibition, Bond House, New Cross, London
Wonderful Wandsworth, Oil and Water Contemporary Art Gallery, Wandsworth, London
Open studios Art Show (Nov), Wimbledon Arts Studios, London
Art 50 Pop-Up Show, Loud and Western, Fulham, London
Islington Contemporary Art and Design Fair, Candid Arts Gallery, Islington, Group show along other selected recent graduates.
Degree Show, Wimbledon College of Art
Prizes and awards:
Longlisted for the Clyde and Co award 2014
Longlisted for the Signature Art Prize 2015