Anne Turlais - A Long Artist's Journey

Gallery in Cabrerets

My first painting, made when I was 14 to give it to my dying grandfather, was the starting point of my creative journey: By giving, I have been given.  

This work of art was my first and only figurative painting: the dovecote of my parents' 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 invisible and by 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.

There are three axes since, which are constantly found in the various techniques used and which determine my creative line: LightSpaceOpenness. 

A particularity of my career 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.

My only artistic emotion during this initial period was when I discovered Turner, at the age of 17, during a brief stay in London.

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

After my first personal exhibition at the age of 28, "You have to leave time to time" in Figeac, and my first sale during an exhibition organized at the church of Saint-Cirq Lapopie, I decided to learn a profession: Intaglio Printmaker.

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 Ernest Pignon- Ernest, Pincemin, Dawan, Texier, Garouste, Grosborne, Morellet...

It was also at the start of this stay in Paris, which was to last only a year, that I discovered part of Joseph Sima's work and my obvious "filiation" with this painter.

After setting up 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 the Lot, in Saint- Cirq Lapopie, from 2002 to 2017, as well as, from 2009, in Cabrerets, right at the foot the world-renowned 'Pech-Merle' cave decorated with frescoes from the prehistoric era.

I like to see a certain affinity, a resonance also, 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 started to paint on the iPad Pro after my son Joseph handed it to me.

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 conceived the project of creating one painting per day for 365 days on the digital tablet, and to distribute it daily by email to about 500 amateurs, who, to my great satisfaction, have very well received this new approach to art. 

Through this project, my vision was to eventually 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 even broader ambition to share art with the greatest number of people by leveraging the screens present today in our environment. Sadly enough, their current use is still essentially limited to the broadcasting of news channels or advertising spots. 

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

The entry of the digital tool into my mode of creation is a source of permanent research that I carry out while continuing to use oils on canvas and engravings with always as much happiness, each practice, and each tool enriching the others.

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