«I am one of those people who thinks that anyone can do it, as Jacques Brel said, “Talent does not exist, there are only workers”, personally I work a lot.»

Bertrand Fournier

Janville-sur-Juine, France.

 

Tell us about you. Are there any prerequisites for becoming an artist?

I’m 33 years old, I’m born and I work in 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 the prerequisites certainly not, some do art schools, some do not, some succeed, others do not. I am one of those people who thinks that anyone can do it, as Jacques Brel said, “Talent does not exist, there are only workers”, personally I work a lot. I learned all alone techniques gluing, framing, mixtures (I work only oil painting).


Your works can capture the spirit and, in general, it’s something good and brilliant … we would like to know your personal vision of your paintings.

I have never stopped questioning my work not according to what people like but according to what trace I want to leave.
Most artists have a definite style, I have always complexed not to have one and unique, I lived this wandering as a handicap and then it is revealed to be an asset.
My last free forms series could be the last and only one series because I finally found a way to work all that I like, the figurative, the abstract and the symbolism in a single series.
It was what I was looking for from the beginning, to break down the boundaries between figuration and abstract.


What steps do you usually start painting with? Do you use sketches and some ideas?

A lot of sketches that I realize on my table because I do not like working on paper, I do not like to leave a trace of unfinished works, which is not finished must not remain.
In terms of ideas, I like to start with a word and imagine “how could I translate it on my canvas as simply and elegantly as possible?” Sometimes it is the opposite, the translation is in the other direction and sometimes the translation is impossible and is therefore abstract.

Your studio looks so comfortable. Tell us about this place?

I am fortunate to have two studios, a small one where I work the smallest canvases as well as my frames and another bigger where I can work the biggest surfaces.



How do you usually start your work day? What kind of music do you listen to, does it affect your work?

The days are very variable, no day is alike (thankfully), there are days where I could spend my time making hundreds of sketches on my table without anything good, other days where I could paint a dozens of canvases without stopping and other days I could only make frames or only glued canvases.
Yes of course I listen to music (rather the French song) but I admit that when the music stops, if I’m in my thing, I can see that it stopped several hours later .


Top-3 artists who inspire you the best.

The contemporaries I admire are Søren Sejr, Wolfang Voegele and Jordan Kerwick.
In the masters, Matisse was the greatest for me.

What are the plans for the rest of this year? Do you have scheduled shows?

Yes, I will have some paintings at “Art the Hague” in September with the WTC The Hague art gallery, A group show in October with the Sebastian Fath Contemporary in Mannheim, In November my third child will arrive so I will stay at home with my wife and in December The Miami Art Basel with the ArtPlug.

Share some thoughts with readers, please.

Go to work in a slippers, it’s priceless.

Many thanks to you for this interview ! and your interest in my work.

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