“Daily life is what inspires me, I try to extract the essence of things, how far we can simplify a thing while keeping its meaning. For this part of my work, I think that symbolism is the description that currently matches best.”
Read further below as we catch up with Bertrand Fournier to learn more about the processes and techniques involved in his work.
Tell us a bit about yourself and what brought you into the art world?
“I’m 33 years old, I’m born and I work in the Paris Region, France.
I started painting by chance in 2016 with my daughter, at first it was to decorate my house then I started to post my paintings on Instagram to confront them in front of the public. Little by little people and galleries became interested in my work.”
“For my abstract work I think (because it's a part of the subconscious) that I start from what defines things; whatever it is, a form and a color. I deconstruct these things and I associate them together by trying to respect a certain harmony. ”
Tell us more about your works and the materials you use.
“My work goes a little in all directions, that's why I work in series. It allows me not to lock myself in a technique, a palette - I prefer to keep a certain freedom. Each series takes me to another. However now the fact of preparing solo shows makes me work differently because if these series are the basis of my work, I detach myself to prepare my shows, to give them a proper meaning. I mainly use oil because I like its appearance and the fact that it keeps the imprint of the brush intact. I also use chalk oil and gesso which I diverted the use of. I do not rule out trying acrylic one day.”
Where were your most memorable exhibitions? Do you have any upcoming exhibitions that you would like to share?
There was the dot project in London where I did my first real show abroad, it was really nice, I shared the gallery with David Mathiew King, a Californian painter, the choice of the gallery was very smart because our work was really good together.
I also did 2 group shows with the Sebastian Fath Contemporary in Mannheim which were really interesting. This year I have 4 solo shows planned to date, London with the Delphian Gallery, Mannheim with the Sebastian Fath Contemporary, Antwerp this summer with Tick Tack project, and in autumn Paris with the Detais gallery. I also have other projects in the study phase.
“The style is the thing that disturbed me most, it was my complex, I saw so many great artists whose work could be recognized at first glance. I work by series, I do not see why I need to be limited to a palette or a technique, there is so much to explore. At the end we’ll see if a style is clear through all my work.”