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Celine

She is the one that was nourished by several observations that lead to give birth to this project.

First of all, the received ideas according to which one must be a connoisseur or recognized as an art lover to appreciate it.

Then, the many testimonials of those who declare not daring to push the door of a gallery or attend an opening, often highlighting the feeling of not being legitimate there.

Another noted fact, many people believe that art is necessarily excessively expensive and that only a certain elite has access to it.

 

Finally, the awareness that it is difficult for a large number of talented artists to make themselves known and boost their careers.

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Art in Bloom

It is the representative of a collective of painters and photographers who focuses on two main actions:

Promote its artists in order to increase their visibility and make them known more widely both humanly and through their creations.

Organise and orchestrate itinerant ephemeral exhibitions in pursuance of making art more accessible and relaxed.

Exhibitions on a human scale, where the exchange between artists and the public would be facilitated, without any particular social codes.

Moments of discovery and sharing where everyone would feel at ease, where art wouldn't be taboo but within everyone's eye and hands

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Anaëlle FORTE,
Photographer

Back in France, she perfected her techniques as an assistant for the photo studios of the Marie Claire magazine for 2 years, and, at the same time, as an official photographer for concerts of musician friends whom she shot from all angles. .

She appropriates the lights, their contrasts, their symbiosis. She very quickly draws a parallel with the visual universe of the Franco-Argentinian director Gaspar Noé, whose films manipulate the primary nuances to excess and draw from them a new inspiration that she imagines without limit.

From this breath will rise an interest, then a fascination for the Nude.

A suggested nudity, the one that evokes without ever imposing, a suave nudity coated in colors, shadows or lights, which come to dress the bodies, also to sublimate them.

Through the sensuality of the poses, the play of lighting alternating softness and brightness, the representation of curves and swells, Anaëlle Forte magnifies the body, its flesh and the poetry that emanates.


It is in her small studio that she works on attitudes, curves, the play of light, sometimes materials, in order to highlight the singular beauty of each model, and surreptitiously inviting self-acceptance.

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Anaëlle Forte is a self-taught photographer born in 1996.

Passionate about travel, she left as a fresh adult to Canada, the United States and Latin America where she traveled through Argentina, Chile and Peru. She returned from these journeys nourished by a new vision of the world around her and embarked more seriously on photography.

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Benoit LUPI
Artist painter

Benoît Lupi is a self-taught painter born in 1989 in Gordes, Vaucluse.

This region in the heart of Provence is a haven that he has never left. Particularly receptive to its landscapes, its many hues and its play of light with the seasons, he has found in this land, from which so much tranquillity emanates, an inner calm and an inexhaustible source of inspiration.

After working as a stonemason with his father for several years, in 2016 he discovered a talent for giving shape and colour to the emotions that run through him and occupy his mind.

From then on, painting became a sweet refuge, and he decided to devote himself entirely to it.

 

He perfected his techniques by drawing inspiration from the world of William Turner, the English pre-impressionist painter who was keen to elevate the status of landscape, making it both more abstract and more expressive.

Benoit was inspired by the clarity and depth of Turner's work, and began work on the first canvases in his 'Horizons' series.

 

He began by working in an art centre in Forcalquier, before setting up his own studio in Manosque, on the Place des Marchands in 2021.

 

In his series of works in oil on linen, acrylic on canvas or paper, somewhere between abstract and figurative, he gives free rein to the imagination and extrapolation through his infinite horizon lines. They appear as an outlet, or a desire not to confine the viewer to the simple frame of the canvas.

Danièle LARTIGUE
Artist painter

When she was a teenager, she made sewing collections on small pieces of Canson paper, and drawings of faces filled her school books.

This was followed by a long period during which she distanced herself somewhat from her pencil strokes, but by no means from human beings, since Danièle Lartigue, originally from the Bourbonnais region of France, arrived as a young woman in the Paris region to work as a teacher, a profession she practised with passion for more than thirty years.

In 2007, she reconsidered her artistic abilities, which had never left her, and finally allowed herself to paint following an introductory course in contemporary art at an emblematic venue in the Val d'Oise. She joined Isabelle Dansin's studio, where she painted still lifes and landscapes.

 

At the same time, she perfected her techniques in various courses, including those at museums steeped in history such as Carnavalet, Guimet and La Grande Chaumière.

 

She tried her hand at different techniques, including oil and pastel. Today, for technical reasons, she prefers acrylic paint. At the same time, she has been working with inks since she started going to the studio of an engraver friend called Paule Praud.

In fact, it's often through these friendships that she evolves, and that some lovely exhibitions are born.

 

When she joined Alain Gonthier's studio, she turned her attention to the city. A keen traveller on public transport, she was captivated by the diversity of the people she met there, and felt a compelling need to paint them. This is how the "Passers-by" series was born, a series that Danièle Lartigue continues to develop.

Why portraits? she has often been asked.

Why not? she likes to answer.

From Antiquity to the present day, many artists have painted this genre. Inevitably, others create a mystery, an intrigue that we want to uncover through their faces or the story lurking behind their expressions.  Portraits offer a reading of impressions and feelings, revealing fragments of personality. A fervent admirer of both Caravaggio and Sorolla, she loves the interplay of light and shadow that conveys the complexity of a character, perhaps even their duality.

 

Danièle Lartigue likes to paint with a roller, without any preliminary drawings or colour research. It is in the moment, on the canvas, at the moment when an imaginary dialogue is established with the character that everything is played out. Each portrait is a new odyssey. The use of the roller brings a grain, roughness similar to that found on old walls. She also sees it as a way of distancing herself from the world around her.

Her enigmatic faces, imbued with emotion, hint at an underlying story in both their looks and their attitudes.

 

Her acrylic series exude gentleness, strength and melancholy.

 

Danièle also likes to paint scenes from life, small moments captured almost inadvertently, which illustrate the passing of time, like a testimony to our times.

Astrid LINK,
Artist painter

Astrid Link is a painter born in Lyon in 1974.

She worked as a lawyer in a Paris law firm for more than 12 years before finally returning to her first passion, artistic creation, and deciding to devote herself exclusively to it.

She honed her skills in various drawing and painting workshops in Paris, Lyon and, in 2016, Munich, where she now lives.

Between December 2020 and March 2021, her series of small-format paintings on the theme of fish was exhibited at the Galerie Lau in Munich as part of a group show entitled "all good things like in small packages".

Her most recent series, which she continues to develop and enrich, is on the theme of still lifes, although her colourful, abundant and joyful vision does not fit the denomination perfectly.

Astrid Link does not seek to faithfully reproduce the natural world before her; her quest is more visceral. Her paintings reflect a desire for freedom and tranquillity, but also for the suspension of time and the frenetic pace of the world around her, in order to refocus on a more inner perception of life.

Between the inspiration that drives her and the practice she knows is necessary for her fulfilment, she aspires to a balance between technique and letting go.

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Karine GIBBONS
Artist painter

Karine Gibbons, a painter born in 1972 whose art is akin to Neo-Pop-Narrative, denounces the excesses and inconsistencies of our consumer society. Her canvases, painted in the old-fashioned way with oil paints, are a blend of melancholy and second degree. She draws her inspiration from classic still lifes depicting inanimate objects and perishable foodstuffs.

Karine is frustrated by the way we consume and destroy.

Through her art, she takes a stand and encourages viewers to reflect on her favourite subject and, more recently, that of the entire planet: plastic.

 

A series that revisits the still lifes that our eyes have (perhaps) grown tired of, making them more modern, contemporary, credible and accessible too.

Despite the criticism of the excessive use of plastic, in this series it appears brilliant, luminous, almost magnified.

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Noosh,
Photographer, multimedia, digital and street artist

Ariane Barret, aka NOOSH, is a 43-year-old multimedia artist who graduated from the Beaux-Arts in Paris in 2004. She has developed a passion for languages and calligraphy as she travels around the world, working on a wide range of artistic projects, taking photos and writing travel diaries. Her journeys, which she makes on foot, skateboard, bus, motorbike or train, take her to both large megalopolises and remote corners of the world.

In 2009, his fascination with archaeology enabled him to perfect his work on anatomy and the human skeleton. NOOSH adds to the eclectic "Inner Beauty" project he began ten years earlier, bringing together photographs, drawings, paintings, posters, street art and live painting.

 

This project brings together three of his interests: photography, drawing and archaeology, and reflects a desire to divert everyday images in the manner of an X-ray.

 

She uses a variety of media, including old images, magazines, flyers, posters, playing cards and photographs, and her aim is very clear: to disavow a world governed by stereotyped images that promote the cult of the body by reminding us that we are all made up of the same elements.

 

She has also developed her skills in Barcelona, which she knows by heart, carrying out numerous Street Art projects, visits and workshops, and is particularly renowned for her stickers and paste-ups. Through her universe, NOOSH offers a kind of journey beyond the visible.

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Lorenzo Marzano,
Photographer

Lorenzo Marzano is an Italian photographer born in 1978 and living in Prato, near Florence in Italy.

As a child, he discovered an interest in capturing images, taking his first steps with his father's camera, thanks to which he realised that he could capture moments in life, eternal memories.

This passion never left him and led him to discover new techniques and to experiment relentlessly.

 

He continues to train regularly, taking part in workshops and studying the work of the great masters of photography. This openness to technical knowledge pushes him to explore his inner worlds more deeply.

Lorenzo Marzano's universe is abundant, as he has photographed a wide range of subjects throughout his career. In particular, he has captured images during extreme sports such as caving and diving, and during earthquakes and floods when he volunteered for civil protection.

 

Very involved in socio-cultural issues, he is keen to provide a sincere and objective photographic account of what is going on in our societies through the paper newspapers with which he collaborates. Behind his coverage of events, he seeks to tell stories that will help to understand, unite and connect different cultures, to document what is happening around him, to capture the moments definitively so that they do not fall into oblivion.

Par dessus tout, Lorenzo se réalise dans les portraits, et particulièrement les portraits de femmes. Cest une facon pour lui d’exprimer sa vision de la beauté, de l’esthétique avec romance et subtilité, élégance et raffinement. Au delà des corps, c’est surtout les êtres qu’il cherche à saisir, explorant les moyens de rendre leur beauté stupéfiante. 

 

La peinture classique (et plus particulièrement les univers de Rembrandt, Rubens, Caravaggio ou encore Delacroix) est une grande source d’inspiration, tant par leur capacité à jouer avec les ombres et la lumière, que par leur façon d’user de la profondeur et des perspectives. Une des dernières séries de Lorenzo, qu’il a appelée « Fine Art » se plait justement  à jouer avec les styles et codes de l’époque de ces maîtres classiques.

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Sabine de Saint Albin,
Photographic painter

Sabine de Saint Albin is an artist living in Versailles, in the Yvelines department.

She has been drawing since she was a child, so it was only natural that as a young woman she should join the Ecole du Graphique, where she learned, discovered and perfected her techniques. 

On leaving the school, she began working in advertising and then experimented with the creation of made-to-measure hats.

She left France for a while to live abroad (first in Singapore, then in Oslo), this time designing objects and furniture. From her travels she took many photographs, which she kept carefully, certain that these images would give rise to other creations, without really knowing at the time how or in what form.

 

Sabine de Saint Albin had a revelation when she admired the work of Serge Mendjisky, an artist belonging to the modern cubist movement, exhibited in a Paris gallery. Mendjisky used photography as the material for his paintings, and Sabine realised that she was 'authorised' to be an artist by working with this process, which she had been thinking about for a long time.

 

The result was a series of photographic paintings whose artistic technique follows the same thread: juxtaposing several elements rather than approaching the subject from a single angle. Her paintings always begin with a hand-drawn sketch of a portrait or a scene from life, which are then coloured using her remarkable colour palette of outdoor photographs of pieces of nature.

She seeks to offer different levels of interpretation to free the viewer's imagination without ever imposing her own vision. Some people will see no face, while others will see only a face.

Depending on the nature of each one, analytical or synthetic, the eye will perceive the details or the overall image.

The paintings are designed in such a way that once you have seen the whole from a distance, you have to get as close as possible to the work to discover its secrets, invisible at first glance. 

Some will see only the abstract dimension, others each figurative element.

 

Sabine de Saint Albin wants to surpass herself, to make her paintings unique for everyone, depending on what the eye can see, and what our own history invites us to see.

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Ludo LELEU,
Photographe

Ludo Leleu is an artist photographer from Amiens.

At the beginning, at the end of the 90s, he drew his inspiration and his exaltation from the world of the rock scene, shooting artists in all their states, all their emotions but also all their poetry.  He alternates between posed, staged portraits and stolen moments.

As his career evolved, he broadened his inspiration to other artistic scenes. So series of shots of classical concerts and plays will be added to his photographic repertoire of emotions.

 

For Ludo Leleu, the health crisis and the confinement that shook us all provided an opportunity for introspection. The in camera environment created by temporary isolation will give him a new perspective on his work and his aspirations.

 

In brackets the portraits of artists and scenes. Now, after travelling the roads of France on his own, he is presenting a series of large-format photographs he has called "Lost exits". 

He had to wait for the right season, the right time of day and the right moment to capture the perfect moment, which he immortalised using digigraphy.

The images are highly poetic, and the quality of the pigments unique.

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