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During the 70s, Jacques Volpi was moved by an oil painting, painted using a knife. His discovery of this technique marked the birth of a passion that still guides him today. After ten years spent teaching himself, he began to have professional exhibitions. His luminous canvases quickly attracted the attention of galleries and he was able to support himself.
Born in the South of France, he paints his region with fervour and derives great pride from belonging to a tradition of Provençal painters. He mainly works from memory, capturing the essence of the places he holds dear and capturing fleeting sensations, much like the Impressionists he admires.
His works, which feel like holidays, seek to capture what he calls "the smiles of life". During the seasons, he paints the softness of the hills and the agitation of outdoor markets, the glory of summer and the greyness of a rainy day. He populates his canvases with sketched figures that are either daydreaming or in a hurry and in which the viewer can easily recognize him or herself. He is the painter of free spirits and he knowingly handles a multitude of colours, which he arranges in explosive harmonies. His painting also generously knows how to make the most out of the clumps and the reliefs of oil painting, creating canvases that display great energy in which characters seem to move about. Today he is following his own path while also remaining loyal to the subjects he holds dear, tracing the lines of a Provence that is both eternal and surprising.