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Interview with an artist - Isabelle Beaubien

Interview with an artist - Isabelle Beaubien

Born in 1980 in Montreal, Canada.

Isabelle lives and works in London, UK.

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

I am a French Canadian from Montreal. I have a Master Degree from the French Superior National Art School in Villa Arson, Nice. I am a full time artist, mainly doing abstract painting. At the moment, I exhibit in different galleries in London and in Quebec.  

 

Your art works have a wonderful array of repetitive and complimentary colours - are colours important to you, and why?

Colours are very important to me as they are the basis of my work.

I think working with colour and texture could also be referred as going back to the basics. When you paint, these are two very important elements that you can’t go without. Many artists over the years have had the same challenge as me, but in this point of time, where life is flying by so fast, a lot of things are not left to nature anymore. I thought that going back to what matters to me was the way to go.

I love colour, I love playing with them and I love when I manage to get a prefect interaction between them. It is what is driving me to carry on. It’s a very emotional way of painting, as your mood can reflect on which colour you will play with… As colours also reflect personalities and feelings, different individuals will be attracted to different paintings. So I try to make sure there is a colour for everyone!

 

 

Do people question the techniques used to realise the work? There are so many beautiful layers and texture - what does the gesture and process of creation mean to you? 

I love minimal art and I see my art as very minimal in the way I usually do only one stroke. Sometime I might have to retouch the painting and I will do so by removing paint. I never add paint after I done a movement on the canvas.

Now, in terms on how I produce these different patterns, well that’s a bit of a secret, but I can say that I create my own tools and that’s how I manage to get so many different textures.

The concept on its own is quite easy, but I keep being amazed by all the different patterns I get to create. I like to have control over things in general, but this way of painting allows me to be totally free, I can’t control what will happen on the canvas.

As I apply the paint in a single gesture, the process of my work involves taking a risk. At times I am almost scared to put the colours on the blank surface of the canvas! Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not, but I keep trying until I find a perfect combination.

 

 

We love the slick aspect of your work, do you think abstract art is easier to approach and appreciate?

I can’t speak for everyone, but to me abstract art is something I love and find easier to get into. I am so attracted to colours, not only in my painting but in life in general. My eyes stop in front of vibrant colours, whether it is in a sculpture, painting or even in my every day life.

But I am not saying I can’t appreciate a more figurative art, abstract just makes me dream as it can mean something totally different depending on the viewer’s interpretation.

I suppose in that aspect, I would say yes, abstract art is easier to approach.

 

 

What makes a good piece of art to you?

That’s difficult to say, I suppose I am very old fashion as I need to feel it. I say that I love minimal and colourful sculptures, but also some installations by Anish Kapoor just blow my mind.  I guess a good piece of art to me is a great combination of materials, colours and textures.

 

 

What do you enjoy the most about painting?

Freedom. In my work at the moment, I am able to let go and appreciated the final result on that canvas.

 

And finally which is your favourite Pebeo paint?

I love Pebeo Dyna iridescent paint and the resin, but I am about to try on some new ones, so I might have to get back to you on that question.

 

See more of Isabelle's work on her website isabellebeaubien.com

 

 

Pebeo - December 2015

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