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  • Dumontier Nathalie

Dumontier Nathalie

  • France
A quote from the poet Louis Aragon: "There is no light without shade."
Nathalie developed two passions in her youth : sports and painting. In the beginning she focused on sports (professional sports and lifeguarding), but after founding a family, she returned to her first love : painting. While taking her daughter to a drawing class, she found herself enrolling in an adult program at the Museum of Fine Arts in Chartres where she discovered a sense of unparalleled freedom. Exhibiting her first painting confirmed her decision: the need to create had become essential. In 2006 she left her job in order to devote herself entirely to her passion. As she observes her children’s lifestyle, Natalie is surprised by the lack of real communication in the virtual world. The electronics discretely embedded in her work are nods to the modern life that she mocks.
Initially, Nathalie's paintings were figurative, but gradually became more abstract. Nathalie uses an acrylic knife to apply splashes of colour to the blank canvas, that she then covers with oil painting that she chooses for its smoothness. She scratches, scrapes and searches, constantly constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing. She plays determinedly with contrast, shadow and light. Steeped in the atmosphere of Chartres, where she lives, Nathalie also works in stained glass, which allows her to develop her creativity and technique. She brings the same subject matter to her stained glass windows as she does to her painting. The technique is different, but the approach is decidedly the same. And the two expressions are complementary...
  • 2010
    Participation in the Carrousel du Louvre Shopping Art Fair
    Paris, France
  • 1999
    Attends art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts
    Chartres, France
  • 1964
    Birth
    Châteauneuf-en-Thymerais, France

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