Presentation

artists

ODILE CULAS-BONNIN

Materials and colours, a little mysterious, owe everything to a treatment combining several techniques : turning, shaping, embellishments  then coating, polishing and composite cooking processes with gas and electric ovens for different smoke effects.
These surface effects are a key element of the work of the artist found in other works addressing diverse themes.
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ANNE BRUN

Anne Brun learned the art of restoring of gilt wood in Italy. She then worked in several gilding workshops in Florence, New York and Paris. In 2015 she opened her own workshop of gold leaf gilding in her birthplace of Tourrettes in the Var,  where she synthesizes what she has learned in these different places.
She picks up animal and vegetal material in her natural surroundings which she gilds. They are cleaned and dried and prepared to be covered in precious metal leaf.  Her work aims to express notions of theephemeral, everlasting  fragility and inalterability
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PATRICK BUTLER

Patrick is an occasional artist, whose works come from a deep spring, that rises rarely. He allows instinct to guide a flow of figures across a tableau, offering both a close inspection  and a far off feel of unconscious nature’s stream . They join and part, stand solitary or burst with joy, the whole reflecting the beautiful, yet random diversity of human spirit in the river of life in which we all swim.
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ELISE DARTMOUR

“Ramification”, or divergence. The artist likes this word which conveys passages from one to another. Division for expansion. This very word inspires her graphic meanderings, speaking to our imagination: either root-like traces or clear imprints on the ground.
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STELLA ERBIBO

Self-taught, through various starting points
( marquetry, drawing, painting and sculpture) she discovered the universe of etching which liberated her artistic expression through practising intaglio engraving, and - more precisely - dry point.
Stelle Erbibo keeps on passionately exploring the different techniques of printing: lithography, etching and and Carborundum engraving.
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FORTUNE EVANGELISTI

Fortuné Evangelisti was born in 1946 in Montauroux and has lived in Tourrettes since 1990. There, he creates colossal sculptures and  specific works of art for architects, decorators and an international clientele. ”The golfers” on the first round about going into Mandelieu is one of his works as well as “Notre Dame d’afrique” on the hill in Theoule sur Mer and he has been the sculptor for Port La Galère for 40 years now. Each of his creations meets a dual challenge , artistic and technological.
Fortuné Evangelisti  is nonetheless close and passionate observer of nature,  source of an inspiration in continuous renewal, struggling with matter, with machines, and fire which forms , deforms and transforms metals.
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FRANCIS HALLE

The botanist and biologist Francis Hallé,  creator of the "Raft of the treetops", has enabled the exploration of the canopies of the tropical forests to develop in a considerable way. Professor of botany at the IRD of Montpellier (Institute of Research and Development), he has trained three generations of researchers by sharing his scientific knowledge and his fascination with the plant world. His worldwide fame makes him one of the greatest advocates for the primary rainforests. Author of many books, he was at both the genesis and centre of Luc Jacquet's film « Il était un foret » ("It was a forest") released in 2013.
 
Indefatigable, at over 80 years old, he drives multiple conferences that testify to the extraordinary beauty of the great forests of the tropics and their fundamental role in the regulation of the major planetary equilibrium: the tree is source of life, primary and best ally of man,  the body of which comes from both the soil and the sky. By and of itself, it is an extraordinary air purification plant, at the same time both free and the most efficient there is.
Drawing, in addition to his notes and observations, is for Francis Hallé the main foundation for his scientific research. His work, accumulated over more than half a century, crossing the forests of our earth, illustrates the extent of his knowledge and brings to public attention the wealth of recent discoveries in his field. At the same time, he highlights the immensity of our ignorance and the importance of what remains to be discovered.
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HAWAD

Painter and poet of the desert, Hawad is Amajaghe (Touareg), a native of the Aïr mountain region in central Sahara. The drama and resistance of the Touareg people, or of any people threatened with extinction thread through the universe of his inspiration.
 
To resist chaos and nonsense and to fight against the ultimate deprivation of the self: that of the imaginary, Hawad invents "furigraphy", outbreaks of gestures , sounds , words and pictures, which sketch ways out of a scenario imposed by domination and violence.
 
His pictorial and literary furigraphie is a way out of enclosed spaces, a way to invent a new nomadism beyond stolen time and space, to draw a multiple and elusive self,  endowed with ubiquity.
Hawad has exhibited in several towns on different continents (Europe, North and South America and  Africa)
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VINCENT LAJARIGE

Drawing and painting were firmly embedded in Vincent Lajarige from childhood as an "absolute necessity". A trained doctor, he travelled the world with Médecins du Monde and the Red Cross. These human encounters and the discovery of the Amazon rainforest in the late 1980s have focussed his artistic work on the tree.
In 2009 he created the association "Rain Forest Film" with the botanist Francis Hallé which would lead a few years later to the film « il était une forêt » ("It was a Forest"). In 2017, together with Francis Hallé and Mark Alsterlind, he would create the association "Forest Art Project"  to continue to "raise awareness of the future of the great forests of our planet through art and science ".
For over 20 years his focus as a painter has been directed towards terrestrial, earthly and marine resonances - between genesis and the future. It has since been complemented by sculptural work featuring the wood, the tree, the forest to find the possibility of a future in the forgotten, destroyed, calcined and used fibres, a. Recover the memory of the wood and offer it the idea of ​​further life.
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CHRISTEL LELEU-FERRO

Christel opened her studio ” Figures vives” in May 2011 in Tourrettes. She looks upon herself as a researcher, experimenting with all kinds of graphic or pictural techniques to support her vocation.
Above all she is interested in the human form - faces in particular: an emotion, a look, a movement, a stance, a presence…
In the process of capturing the image, notanbly when she deals with artists like Picasso, Ai Wei Wei, Duras etc she lets herself become embodied and transformed by the work and life of her subjects.
This is how she pays them tribute and encourages a new interest for them through her own work.
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ISABELLE MAGNE

This work in black earth is consecutive to a series of photos made by the ceramist Isabelle Magne on the theme of the shadow and contributes a meditation on the part of shadow and light that inhabits us, constitutes us and divides us.
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TESSA PESKETT

The Native American Indian series was inspired by Joseph Campbell's "The Power of Myth" and the photographs and documentation of  Edward Curtiss.
 
More broadly I am interested in humankind - not only our different stories but what connects or disconnects us as a species.
 
The paper figures are all representative of that thought process. They are fragile, frayed, fugitive but resilient.
They are male and female, made of the same material, but have different nuances and colours.
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BERNARD REMUSAT

Engraver, lithographer and painter, Bernard Remusat lives and works in Provence
 
Memory, time, space, timelessness, places - Bernard Remusat’s themes are often linked to cultures, geography and  mythology (prehistory, maps, the Celts,  The Mediterranean sea and its civilizations).
These are the stories of History that inspire him.
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CHARLES SCARCERIAUX

Charles Scarcériaux is a young photographer who is showing a selection of intimate photos shot in India and Burma. Rather than convey images of social and human misery, he pays tribute to the beauty of the people through the complexity and diversity found in South East Asia. Whether for climatic, political or cultural reasons, populations evolve and sometimes disappear. These photographs raise awareness of both their fragility and their richness through portraits of subjects with either serious or mischievous expressions.
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Françoise Scarcériaux-Boogaerts

Clay is astounding. It senses, has memory. Flexible and formless when raw, it is then solid yet surprisingly fragile, when fired.
Through its interior void, so present, so alive, a ceramic piece is built out - just like man - on notions of what is both inside and outside.
The earth – the reason for our existence.
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PATRICIA SCHMITZER-TOZZI

Since 2016 her creations have been drawn with Indian ink on canvas or paper. The artist has chosen to use black as the only colour, in order to retain only the essential, the line of the drawing in a strong graphic design.
 
Her drawings both convey the darkness and ambiguity of our society, faced with climate change issues,and question the place of humankind in nature.
 
“The wind is rising “, title of her first exhibition, borrows from Paul Valery’s poem,  “The Graveyard of the Sea” (“Le cimetière marin”), the verse which symbolises for her the impending arrival of a new period  - one of action. 
“The wind is rising!...You have to try to live…” 
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MICHEL VAN VLASSELAER

His paintings filter reality. He encourages the spectator to slow down. He himself isn't in a hurry. He watches nature with patience. And nature is full of traps." Is everything that we see real?" wonders the artist.
We do not see things exactly as they are. Because nature is too dense for us to be able to count all its elements, Michel Van Vlasselaer will concentrate on details, magnifying them.
Step by step a picture begins to emerge. Sometimes almost figurative. The colour of the sky vanishes into the water making the reeds shiver and revealing stones with ephemeral colours to be seen....
The artist wants to paint what just escapes us. Something that existed and that we just caught a glimpse...as if in a dream.
                                                                                                                                       From  Francis Méan
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