Laurence Nerbonne, Étude 3, Nature Morte and Monroe is Dead 6, all acrylic on canvas.
Laurence Nerbonne, a very young and self-taught artist, focuses on human representation. More than simple portraits, her artworks are devoted to pure emotion. Each painting is an encounter, first between the artist and the model, and then between the model and the viewer. Laurence starts with photography, and later brings the character to life with acrylic in her dark studio, enlightened with just a few sources. She captures the subject’s personality, and tells a true story through very sharp brushstrokes. Using a classical clair-obscur technique, Laurence Nerbonne provides a new vision of portrait : objective, modern and metaphorical. People on those canvases become witnesses of our time, and could be anyone of us.
Laurence Nerbonne is also part of Hôtel Morphée, as a singer, guitarist and violinist. Video here. Itunes here. Her music, you’ll hear it, could easily be a soundtrack for the stories Laurence tells us in her artwork.
BLACK has always been the main subject matter in this french painter’s long career. But not only as a simple color. Soulages’ black, renamed by the artist “outrenoir" (besidesblack), is used as pure material, on which light reflects, or not.
"…both a colour and a non-colour. When light is reflected on black, it transforms and transmutes it. It opens up a mental field all of its own".
This ability to play with reflection creates a kind of small world, composed with bright lights and dark shadows; and as you move around the painting, this black world changes, and evolves with you. His artworks are like bas-reliefs, and as Pierre Soulage plays with texture, black becomes a universal tone, in which you can actually see each color of the light spectrum. Those works are more than made with oils, ink or acrylic : they are also built with light. The longer you stare at it, the more you get hypnotized by this perfect harmony, as if you were discovering in Soulages’ black the source of everything else.
Soulage doesn’t want to give his work a particular meaning. He prefers to let us live our own experience and “feel” it, in a sort of primitive way.
His oeuvre is currently exhibited in Lyon (France), at the Museum of fine arts. This brilliant exhibition features both new paintings and most relevant works from different periods.
To learn more about him, here are two interesting videos in which you’ll discover more widely Pierre Soulages’ statement.