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"If you can talk about it, why paint it?" Francis Bacon
When I was born, I was thirty years old. I learned youth late and by correspondence. My excuse: I grew up stuck between a mother whose softness would make daisies pale by comparison and a father whose temper was as stable as the one of an arena bull. The result: I killed in myself the idea of the world. I shot myself away in my room to read French literature classics with, on my lips, the smile of a bomb layer. I had the morality of Camus’ Outsider and the hope in life of a Nirvana song. I laid down in the field waiting to be decomposed. Failed: I was still alive.
One day, two teachers noticed me and introduced me to art. It was a revelation. To draw. To paint. At last I could be. Pure fantasy. Incidentally, it appeared that I was gay. Since then, I practise regularly. I even corrupted into marriage one of those teachers whose rebellion I was fond of. How mean I am!
Against all expectations, my paintings started to sell. Ha! People snap up my textured faces. Ha! Ha! Every day in the studio, along a big dog sleeping and a husband who makes his mandolin sing, I make my deliciously appalling images and I plan to continue for a very long time. Ha! Ha! Ha!
Photo: Rachel Villeneuve, 1999
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The materials I use to paint are traditional materials proven to last for centuries by the tradition of oil painting on canvas. I paint on Belgian linen canvas and I mainly use extra-fine oil color (either ground in walnut or linseed oil) by Kama Pigments. My primer is also Kama Pigments' acrylic gesso. Visit http://www.kamapigment.com/index_en.html to learn more about my materials.
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I'm organizing a draw! The prize is a print of your choice, size 13"X19", on matt, acid-free, 100% cotton Hahnemühle paper. All you have to do is put your name and address down there and pray. Good luck!
The draw will take place Sunday December 3rd at 10:00 am Eastern Time. The name of the winner will be announced on my Facebook fan page.