statement/bio

artist statement

Learning a language, the alphabet, vocabulary, expressions, composition, the color of a language, its texture, its idiosyncrasies, its nuances, is quite similar to learning the language of painting. It is the challenge of attaining fluency and achieving communication and communion.

Composing a canvas is not unlike the way one composes one’s life; a journey along paths, a decision at each crossroads and the experience of meetings of chance that orchestrate the course of one’s life.

The choice of color, its application and juxtaposition, allows for an openness, a light which comes from the depths of the subconscious.

I deeply love painting. The true painting of Rembrandt, Turner, Van Gogh, Monet. The supreme universal language, the true emotional message, defying time and space. And also, contemporary painting in which we can identify ourselves thanks to Soulages, de Kooning, Pollock, Rothko, Giacometti, Frankenthaler and Kline.

I deeply love riding the invisible line, so dangerous, where the painter finds that fleeting moment of equilibrium to work his canvas.

It is a constant fight between the canvas and the artist. A misplaced line, an inadequate color, and the canvas is lost. If, by chance, the artist takes advantage, the result becomes catastrophic. But when the communication is total, when the union is complete, the painting becomes emotionally charged. Pleasure and happiness, so ephemeral.

言語を学ぶこと、文字や語彙、表現や文章、色合いや質感、独特な表現や微妙な言い回しなど、は絵画表現を学ぶのとたいへん似通っている。それは潤滑に相互理解を深め交流出来るようにしようという挑戦である。

一枚のキャンヴァスを構築するということは、自身の人生を構築するようなものと言えないこともない、何故ならその行程は、その時々の岐路での決断、人生行路を構築してくれるかもしれないチャンスとの出会いだからである。

色彩の選択、使い方や並べ方、が自由さと潜在意識の心の奥底から出て来る光を映す。

私は絵画を深く愛する。真のレンブラント、ターナー、ヴァン・ゴッホ、モネ。

最高の国際共通言語であり、真の感情伝達であり、時空を超えている。そして又、スーラージュ、デクーニング、ポロック、ロスコ、ジャコメッティ、フランケンセラー、クラインの現代絵画の中に、有難いことに我々は自分を見出すことができる。

私は大変危険ではあるが、目に見えない線に乗ってゆくのが好きだ、そこに画家は束の間の平衡を発見しキャンヴァスに創作する。

キャンヴァスと画家は常時戦っている。間違って引いた線、そぐわない色、失われたキャンバス。もし、アーティストが優位に立ってしまうと結果は酷いことになる。しかし、対話が成立し一体になった時、絵画作品は感情的充足を得て完成する。喜びと至福ははかない。

biography

Arnaud is a self-taught artist whose passion for painting developed at a very young age. It was not until he moved from Paris to New York at the age of 25, however, that he began a serious exploration of color, line, figure, and abstraction. He took classes at The Art Students League and worked under the tutelage of painter Jan Wunderman. After his first group shows at P.S. 122 in December 1997 and December 1998, Arnaud went into his studio to develop what would become his personal style of abstraction—variations of color fields using oils and a palette knife. In 2005 he showed his new work at The Cast Iron Gallery in SoHo, after which his career took off. Since then, Arnaud has had several solo shows in New York, Paris, and throughout Japan, and his work has been in numerous group shows. His paintings are also in many prominent private collections in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Fiji, Turkey, Lebanon, Brazil, Mexico, belonging to Sherry Lansing, Ronald O Perelman, David Gilmour, Steven Witkoff, among others.

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