The French physicist, Joseph Nicéphore Niepce, made the first negative on paper in 1816 and the first known photograph on metal that he called an heliograph in 1826.
After 1826 there is no place for figurative art !
I am a french born self taught american artist with an eye open on the past (Nicolas de Stael) and the new South Western and South-American painters.
For me painting is almost always ABSTRACT !
I create CHAOS and there after I organize the CHAOS !
Mixing the right colors in the right SPACE !
If I do something that looks figurative; it's caricature!
Myself looking like Mussolini or the black Ava Gardner !
rests and inspires me...
I have always been a ravenous reader in both French and English, and my bookshelves are filled with the works of Updike, Bellow, Henry Miller, Nabokov, Sade, Proust, Celine, Queneau, Boris Vian, among many others.
Still a cinéphile, I go to the films of Lang, Minnelli, Preminger, Delmer Daves, Godard, Truffaut time and time again.
Music always fills my house, whether it be classical (Richard Strauss, Berg, Martinu, Janacek, Debussy), Jazz (Coltrane, Mingus, Miles Davis, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Albert Ayler, Eric Dolphy), or some other variety I am exploring at the moment.
In recent years, I have become an avid cook and often take cooking lessons with Chef Jean-Pierre in Ft. Lauderdale. When in Paris, you can find me indulging in the French fine cuisine of my youth at Le Lyonnais and Chez Allard.
From an early age, I was fortunate enough to experience many of the world's finest art museums- El Prado, Centre Pompidou, Musée Picasso, MoMA. Just a handful of the artists that intrigue are Vermeer, Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse, Klee, Nicolas de Stael, Dubuffet, Balthus, William de Kooning, Edward Hopper, Tamayo, and Gerhard Ritcher. During the 1980's, I begin collecting art. My first acquisitions were paintings by Regis Dho, whom my wife and I met in Egypt on a cruise down the Nile River in 1983. Later, I discovered Guido Chire Balderrama in his atelier in La Paz, Bolivia. Then came Matta, Aleshinsky, James Coignard, Jamali, Ronald Searle, Elmar Rojas, Brigitte Bussutil, Ginette Beaufrand, Lauro Salas, Ramon Miranda, Edwin Guillermo and other South American painters. Throughout my travels in South and Central America, I have always sought works by local artists.
Many years ago, I became a painter myself, self-taught no less. In the beginning, my influences were Nicolas de Stael and Jac Kephart, and I taught myself by mimicking their works. My first original works were predominantly abstract and included a few picasso-esque portraits. As I have progressed both artistically and technically, I have ventured to abstract landscapes reflected by my latest works. During an exhibition with several of my paintings at Marziart International Gallerie in Hamburg, Germany, critics told me that my strong palette is in the accordance with the German style. I consider myself to be an abstract expressionist whose love of the old style often comes out when I use Lefranc & Bourgeois' Flemish Siccative Medium to get a kind of "Vermeer" light or Ageing and Cracking varnish to create cracks.
I also have had the privilege to show my paintings at Exxor Gallerie in Boca Raton, a private show in Ft. Lauderdale and other venues throughout the South Florida area.
Centre Pompidou: http://tinyurl.com/38xem
El Prado: http://www.museodelprado.es/
Mexico City: http://www.islc.net/~lesleyl/nationalmuseum.html
Musee D’Orsay: http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/home.html
Musee Picasso: http://www.musee-picasso.fr/homes/home_id23986_u1l2.htm
Norton Museum: http://www.norton.org/
Salvador Dali Museum: http://www.salvadordalimuseum.org/home.html
Regis DHO: http://www.regisdho.com/
Nicolas de Stael: http://www.answers.com/topic/nicholas-de-sta-l
Jack Kephart: http://www.galleriesext.com/artists.php?id=9
Guido Balderrama: http://gb.artmajeur.com/index.php?go=user_pages/display_all&login=castels65
Guatemalian Gallery with wonderful South-American and Central Americans Artists: http://www.artintheamericas.com/
Elmar Rojas: http://www.artintheamericas.com/artistas/elmarojas/elmarojas.html
Gerhartd Richter: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&um=1&sa=1&q=gerhard+richter+paintings&aq=5&oq=gerhar&aqi=g10&start=0
Marion Zimmerman: http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/m/marziart/artist_exhibitions.html
Jerry’s Artarama: http://www.jerrysartarama.com/
Emma Bibbi: http://www.emmabibby.com/
Actors and Actresses
Alexandra Stewart: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandra_Stewart
Francoise Arnoul: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7oise_Arnoul
Jean Seberg: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Seberg
Henri Langlois: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Langlois
Jean Renoir: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Renoir
Edmond T Greville: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0344933/
Max Ophuls: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Oph%C3%BCls
Marcel Carne: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Carn%C3%A9
Yves Allegret: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yves_All%C3%A9gret
Louis Malle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Malle
Jacques Becker: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Becker
JP Melville: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Pierre_Melville
Francois Truffaut: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7ois_Truffaut
Pierre Schoendorfer: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Schoendoerffer
Fritzt Lang: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Lang
Otto Preminger: http://...