"This artistic life - which we know is not the truth - seems to me so vivid, that it would be ungrateful not to be satisfied with it. Your profession is to do what you are made for and exercise with such passion and intensity that it is like responding to a spiritual call. "
Vincent Van Gogh
AN ARTIST AT HEART
I am a french professional Fine Artist and I live in Paris. I was born in Angoulême, in 1970. I wish I could die young... as late as possible !
I have always had a passion for colors and tried to use them as words to communicate. I started painting at the age of 7.
Strangely, it is the french - and later english - romantic poetry, which drove me to drawing and painting and enhanced my passion for colours: Charles Baudelaire, Théodore de Banville, Alphonse de Lamartine, Victor Hugo, John Keats, William Blake and other poets from the second part of the 19th century...
Indeed, the symbolic association of words and colours in their clever use of metaphors, circumlocutions and other surrealistic images, fascinated me.
Especially everyday expressions and idioms such as : to do something "once in a blue moon", to come "out of the blue", to show "one's true colours", "to feel blue", to be "in the pink", to be "black and blue", to have a "blackhead", to tell "white lies", to have a "yellow streak", to be "green with envy", to "paint the town red", to use one's "grey matter", to be "yellow-bellied", to be "caught red-handed", and so on...
"Nature is a temple in which living pillars
Sometimes give voice to confused words;
Man passes there through forests of symbols
Which look at him with understanding eyes.
Like prolonged echoes mingling in the distance
In a deep and tenebrous unity,
Vast as the dark of night and as the light of day,
Perfumes, sounds, and colors correspond."
Correspondences, The Flowers of Evil (1861)
Translation : © William Aggeler
At first, inspiration drawn from such expressions drove me to write poetry.
Then it went on to feed my imagination, and convinced me that painting, which allows the use of the widest possible choice of colours and shades, is not only an art form, but beyond this a language in itself!
Granted, a language without a voice, but unencumbered by the limitations of that voice - an art form which gave me complete freedom of expression.