What will surfers read next summer? A Folio that will land in all good French book stores this week.. and might well be the novel of the season!
The title is adequate. But the writing seems to make the difference. Just check out all the critics of the blogueurs-dévoreurs-de-bouquin, read ELLE or ask the book stores who will be able to vote for it within the top ten of the prix des libraires . A partnership between Folio and Télérama.
The chosen cover for that book is a detail of my painting “Swell Sandra”, which was inspired by the great work of young Australian photographer, surfer and artist Kane Brown. The story of my encounter with Kane is ici.
Rebecca Lighieri, alias Emmanuelle Bayamack-Tam, delivers here a devastating thriller. Family disintegration. Far from the relaxed atmosphere that reigned on the Australian Sunshine Coast the evening when the image that inspired this painting was born. The surf and the foam are nevertheless the link between the two scenes. I like the idea that a surf night inspired a photographer, whose work inspired a painter, whose canvas inspired a publisher. Thank you Gallimard and Emmanuelle Bayamack-Tam. Good luck to “the boys of the summer”!
If you are lucky enough to be in Paris and want to see the original, it has been shown at OFI art en 2016 and actually acquired by OFI Mécénat. Visible by appointment in Paris (17th).
When beer history meet contemporary creativity. Happy to have a show in this amazing building. Old stables of the Amstel brewery, this beautiful place is now The Thinking Hut. A secret spot that hosts the best creative brains of Amsterdam . You can have a contemporary beer at their bar from 9am to 6pm until end march. Details here.
To make bubbles under water. Blow a little air. Allow the body to better stay at the bottom. And the eyes to better admire these mercury balls jostling up to the surface. It’s like blowing glass without being limited by the raw material. Actually, yes. The raw material here is the air. And we must go back in search before diving again.
… an opening that does not end at 10pm”. I found this nice quote in a post describing the unique journey that a first novel can be. Richard Labesque is actually right in it, in this endless vernissage. And by the way for your information, you are on the guest list!
“La source oubliée” Richard Labesque
I read “La source oubliée” (“The Forgotten Source”) in the shadow of a Greek eucalyptus. When I closed the book, I was proud that he had selected my painting “Rouge” for his cover. It feels really great to be chosen by another artist to accompany his work.
I’m lucky enough to have followers in more than 45 countries who send nice messages about my work. Russians are one of the most active communities. This interview is a nice illustration of it. If we only met recently, you might learn one or two things about me reading this English version. If you studied Russian, click on image below.
The very frank shadow of the hat on the face and on the shoulder. The more diffuse one that comes from the more distant trees. And the nearby ones: the own shadow of her left breast. Its shadow on the right breast.
Add a blue parrot coming from out of nowhere and let the photographer Lars Botten build a superbly graphic image. With the no less graphic silhouette of the young Portuguese rising model : Isilda Moreira.
The liquid element compensates for the force of gravity. And this physical balance seems to naturally turn into serenity. The mind clears up. At best it caresses positive thoughts. Thoughts without gravity.
Archimedes theorized the physical explanation: “Any body, wholly or partially immersed in a stationary fluid, is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid displaced”. My father always had a fascination with this phenomenon. And it is undoubtedly by gratitude for his great joys of navigation that he made all his children memorize the formula. Which provided his offspring – moderately equipped for Physics – a furtive joy at the moment when the subject was finally tackled at school.
This is Jesi Le Rae: a radiant and energetic muse with endless legs. Arched like a matador and captured by the solar lens of the brilliant Australian photographer Carly Brown. I’ve been following Carly’s work for a while on instagram. I love her creative universe, discovered thanks to the very inspiring“Last daze”: a deposit of photographic stories that can spice up your daily life in an addictive way. This image caught my eye. I had to paint it. Carly was kind enough to let me base this painting on her work. Jesi accompanied the painting in progress with a communicative enthusiasm. I loved painting this!
Jesi’s wild hair also inspired this sketch. This is part of my series “sketching in the air” which will be exhibited in Paris soon.