Anne Turlais – A Long Artist’s Journey

I created my first painting at 14

to offer it to my dying grandfather. That was the starting point of my creative journey. By offering, I have received.

This work of art was my first and only figurative painting: the dovecote of my parent’s farm. This founding act introduced me to the language of color with which I transcribed the subject’s perspective. It appeared to me as natural, simple, joyful, and intense. 

The first question that came to me in the act of creation was related to what I was going to paint. The response was immediate. Attracted from a young age by the unseen and the important place it already had in my life, I was going to paint what is not seen but which strongly exists, in us and around us.

Front View of the Galerie Artwave, based in the south of France, in Cabrerets Pech Merle which exhibits all the artworks of Anne Turlais
Portrait of Anne Turlais young

Since then, three axes determine my creative line:

Light, Space, Openness. 

A peculiarity of mine is that I have been in contact with other artistic expressions only late in my career. Having for a long time lived isolated in an environment outside culture but surrounded by nature, it has been and remains my source, my great master. 

I thus carried out my researches with regards to pictorial, matter, and meaning for the first 14 years, without any direct influence.

My first artistic encounter was when I discovered the work of Turner, at the age of 17, during a brief stay in London.

After my first personal exhibition at the age of 28, “Il faut laisser le temps au temps” in Figeac, and my first sale during an exhibition organized at the church of Saint-Cirq Lapopie, I decided to learn Intaglio Printmaking

I have been taught this very specialized profession in the studio of Tanguy Garric. This allowed me to be in contact with various and contemporary expressions of artists such as Earnest Pignon-Ernest, Pincemin, Dawan, Texier, Garouste, Grosborne, Morellet…

It was also at the start of my stay in Paris, which was initially supposed to last only a year, that I discovered Joseph Sima’s work and my apparent “connection” with this painter. 

After establishing my first engraving and painting workshops in Montreuil and Paris from 1998 to 2001, I continued my career as a painter by settling at the birth of my son in Saint-Cirq Lapopie from 2001 to 2017, as well as Cabrerets from 2009, located at the feet of the world-renowned ‘Pech-Merle’ cave ornamented with prehistoric frescoes.

I like to see a certain affinity, if not a resonance, between the finger technique used by the authors of these frescoes, the engraving technique, and the one that I unexpectedly discovered in late 2014, when I began painting on the iPad Pro.

I have been immediately sold by this creative digital tool with which I rediscovered my first gestures as a painter when I deposited the pigments mixed with oil with my fingers on the canvases that I mounted on wood.

I was also fascinated by its potential, and I very quickly envisioned the project of creating one painting per day for 365 days on the digital tablet and sharing it daily. I sent them daily by email to about 500 amateurs, and to my great delight, they have very well received this new approach to art.

Through this project, my vision was to provide a window of light by leveraging existing screens in places where art has difficulty entering (hospitals, prisons, nursing homes…) and where it could nevertheless bring comfort and well-being.

This is how I created, at the end of 2017, the company Artwave with the aim to share art with the greatest number by leveraging the screens present in our everyday environment. Regrettably, their current use is still essentially limited to the broadcasting of news channels or advertising spots in a corporate environment.

Artwave’s mission is thus to reach and educate an audience that does not consider, or often simply does not dare, to push the door of the gallery.

The entry of the digital tool into my mode of creation is the source of permanent research that I conduct while continuing to use oils on canvas and engravings with equal pleasure, as each practice and tool enriches the others.

Picture illustrating Anne Turlais and her discovery with the iPad Pro
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