Today we’d like to introduce you to Annie Clavel.
Annie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am a French artist who grew up in Paris, France. I did not become an artist right away. I studied mathematics and computer science, but as I studied mathematics, I saw the topological sets, the geometric figures, and various other mathematical objects in color, and I told myself, “You should become an artist instead!”. However, I finished my math degree, became a teacher, got married and had three sons. I have been teaching math for 30 years in high schools throughout France and Tunisia.
I started painting when I was 40. A colleague of mine gave me a list of watercolor art supplies to purchase. I bought them, arranged a colorful still life, and painted it: my first watercolor on paper. From then on, I painted. In 1992, I created an IT company with my husband. It was my first experience with business management. Meanwhile, I discovered acrylic and started to paint large abstract works in an “atelier” in Paris. In 2006, I moved from Paris to California, and I opened Les Jolis Trésors Art Gallery in Long Beach. I managed the gallery for five years, curating exhibitions, moderating art talks, and teaching art.
While developing my artistic style, I started exploring the intersection between the sciences and the visual arts. My years of work, research, and personal study, coupled with my own curiosity and love of learning, have led me to chaos theory, quantum mechanics, fractals and cosmology. I use these big picture concepts to create colorful abstract paintings.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My paintings combine a variety of nuanced colors, a multitude of diverse brush strokes and alternating textures. I build up layers in acrylic paint, acrylic medias, watercolor, paper or fabric, then subtract, add, partially cover, scratch and scrape the surface to create effects. Because my background is in science, I love to learn about new topics, experiment with new techniques and try to find my own way with them.
I read scientific books or articles about new perspectives in science, the universe, the multiverse, quantum mechanics and cosmology. Then I cope with theory and knowledge, complexity and simplicity, randomness and predictability. In addition to mathematical concepts, my inspiration includes life, death, and human emotions. It shows, at the same time, a strong power and a true sense of compassion for humanity.
At first, critics usually see all of my abstract concepts but not the way in which I wish to communicate about life and humankind in the world. However, I am very influenced by the news, by the people I see in the street and by movies that I watch. As people look at my work, I hope they will be intrigued, that they will stay and look for at least a short time. They will then start to discover what they feel and imagine in my art. They will invent a story linked to their own life, a story they see and want to tell.
Presently, art is a full-time job for me. I spend everyday painting, marketing or participating in solo or group shows. I attend as many shows of contemporary art as I can; I share with artists, some of them famous.
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
Never stop practicing. Experiment with different media, techniques, and sources of inspiration. Be active in public relations. Follow up your contacts; grow your network. Never be discouraged, even when you are not having a good day making art, even when you’ve been rejected by a call for art.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Upcoming events in March:
I will be showing a few pieces in a group show “Interconnected” at C
Gallery on Broadway, 441 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802, from March
9 to April 6, 2019.
I am organizing a studio visit on Saturday March 23 and Sunday March 24, 2019.
This will be a private event on appointment only. You can contact me
for an appointment at:
Online:I am showing at Saatchiart.com:
Gallery Representation: C Gallery on Broadway, 441 E Broadway, Long
Beach, CA 90802
Contact: Charlene Palmer 562 619 6084
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