Alain was born and raised in Paris. When he was 12 years old he attended art workshops at the Louvre and this experience was a determining factor in his artistic orientation. At 16 he entered the Graphic Arts School of Corvisart, and after graduation he began painting and lived off of small odd jobs.
He began exhibiting at the Autumn Art Fair at the Grand Palais in Paris. Several years would go by before he would realise the importance of painting in his life and decide to make it his career. At 40 he left Paris and moved to Brittany to devote himself fully to his passion.
Alain uses a knife to spread oil paint on canvas, paper or wood. To create his landscapes he uses building spatulas, which are wider and more rigid than traditional art knives.
He draws his inspiration from his travels (Italy, Greece, Algeria, Tunisia) and the places where he has lived (Paris, Brittany). He transforms his memories into uninhabited theatrical scenery, and his works can be viewed as travelogues. With his mind full of images, it is in his studio that he creates light, ambiances and atmospheres.
Alain’s canvases take the spectator to ‘Prussian Blue’ seas or invented cities. Alain invites us to travel through his imagined, often silent and calm, landscapes. Anyone can relate to them, reliving one’s own experiences and recognizing places one has already visited.
Painters such as William Turner (nineteenth century), Nicolas de Staël (twentieth century) and Paul Klee (twentieth century) inspire him. Like these masters, Alain is touched by the colours of Impressionism. His artistic research is a way to communicate emotions through his painting (sadness, joy or melancholy). As in music, Alain plays a lyrical score, replacing the notes with brush strokes.
In Brittany, Alain has found the peace and calm that allows him to live his art freely. It’s a bit of this serenity that he wishes to convey through his painting.
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