Toun Pogu

From an early age Toun drew instinctively, however her family did not encourage her path and pushed her towards a career as a teacher. On graduating, the call of adventure was too strong, and a true child of May ‘68, Toun chose to freely and easily enjoy her life. She went to live in Morocco, and on returning to France, built and lived in a tepee for a few years, then raised her three children in the countryside. Later, a relative made her realize that nothing was preventing her from painting. The family ban suddenly lifted, she began painting at the age of 45.
Self-taught, Toun started by imitating the great masters (Degas, Modigliani, Klimt). She began her education with chalks, and followed by dry pastels, oil pastels, watercolours, India ink and gouache. Today, she speaks with her own artistic language and paints with acrylic on collage.
Faced with the emptiness of a blank canvas, Toun prefers to first establish a base. She rips, shreds, strips, wrinkles and glues salvaged paper (paper with glue, monotypes, drawings, writings, newspaper). She scatters the pieces to create a veritable orgy of colours, and when finished, it is the collage itself that inspires her subject. She begins by drawing the eyes and then a woman emerges. The character is her excuse for observing.
The artist likes being among people in order to better observe them. Once the paintings are finished, Toun feels surrounded by characters that tell her a story that she listens to. Her works represent interior observations, beneficial observations that protect her.
The creative process is a need that she has already experienced through motherhood. She finds the same joy in artistic expression which she sees as limitless.
Always rocked by the sweetness of life, Toun wants to share some of her poetic state.