Françoise Nielly, in her own words
It’s been Nielly fever for some time now and it just won’t stop! In less than two weeks, the artist will be among us, so we wanted to know more about her career, her artistic choices and her vision of the unique exhibition to come! So here is Nielly’s style and vision, in her own words!
Where did her desire to paint come from?
“My father was an architect and so he could work in peace, I was put in front of drawing tables with pencils as a child. Having an architect father taught me straight lines. A face has an architecture and a perspective. The eye is round, the nose has a very complex architecture (…) the whole face has a very complicated architecture, actually.”
Why painting with knives?
“I chose to paint with knives, I would not say randomly, because I started for few months with a brush, but wth that I had influences. Whereas when I took the knives, I did not have any more. (…) I want to redo the human face. Knife painting also allowed me to make classic cuts, remove the softness and really structure the faces.”
Why bright colors?
“At first, I didn’t know about fluorescent pigments. I discovered them and it distorted my sense of color. I can not live without it. (…) I recognize myself more in color than in black and white. But I still have some black and white canvases. But it’s true that I love color, I love the joy of life, the party, the life… so for me life is in color.”
The artists she likes?
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hans Hartung, Giovanni Boldini, Lucian Freud, Paul Klee, Willem de Kooning, Philipe Pasqua, Jenny Saville, Damien Hirst, Maurizio Cattelan etc. There are so many that I love, but I’m looking for my own inspiration. ”
Why did she choose the Perreault Galerie to represent her in Quebec?
“Because they are the best! ”
Want to know more?
Come and chat with the artist on August 15th at the vernissage in the presence of the painter! A unique opportunity, since the Perreault Gallery represents exclusively Françoise Nielly across Canada! This is the largest exhibition outside of France, in terms of number of paintings, of the French artist renowned-internationally! An evening not to be missed, however you must book now, since places are limited and the list of guests is filling up days by days! Click here to book and click here to see our virtual gallery!
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