Lot 266 - Louis Blondiau - Reading in Central Park
Oil on paper
Signed on Verso
This auction is raising proceeds for The Hepatitis C Trust
I am a landscape painter. I try to create paintings that facilitate emotional intimacy and a reconnection with nature. Looking at forests and oceans can provide us with a sense of connection to something beyond ourselves, a feeling of the vastness of the world and our place within it. I use a scratching technique that mix oil and etching approaches. I avoid using colour in my work. I feel that sometimes colour can be distracting and can impeach the viewer to focus on the movement and forms suggested by the many fine scratches on the canvas. I lived in London from 2003 to 2019 and moved to the Netherlands in 2020.
Louis Blondiau is mostly a self-taught artist. Yet he studied as a non-enrolled student at the at Brussels Visual Art School La Cambre School (Belgium) in 1989 and later at Art Academy of Braine l’Alleud in 1999 - 2001, Belgium.
Louis exhibited in Galleries in London (Hicks Gallery, Cavaliero Finn Gallery, Gagliardy Gallery), in Brussels (Arthus Gallery, Galerie Chapitre 12) and in Amsterdam (Mokum Gallery). In 2014 two paintings of Louis were selected for an exhibition of the Dulwich Picture Gallery (London) and shortlisted for a prize. In 2018, the London County House commissioned two large paintings currently on permanent show. In 2023 one painting was selected for the Royal Art Academy summer show. The paintings of Louis are in several private collections.
Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam; Aperture Contemporary, Brussels
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
The four small paintings submitted are made with oil on paper (I usually work on larger formats with oil on hard board). They all represent a figure surrounded by nature. The border between nature and the figure are blurred and the nature seems to interplay with the figure. My paintings question the conventional dichotomy of subject and object, inviting viewers to reconsider the interplay between inner realms and the external world, to experience a dissolution of these binaries, and to encourage a reflection on the interconnectedness of all existence.
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