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November 5th - January 4th : Jean-Marc Brugeilles
ART OPENING: December 6th.
Brugeilles' first revelation about art was at a very young age, when he saw an exhibit of Jean Lurçat's work in France, where he lived most of his life. He began painting. When he was 17, President of France Giscard d'Estaing awarded him first prize for his region of France; the Prix du Limousin, Concours d'Affiche Nationales, Paris. This gave Brugeilles the confidence at age 17 to become an artist.
He decided to learn about art directly by going to many museums in Europe to study the masterpieces. He began by trying to reproduce some of them. He read about the painters and techniques of the 17th and 18th centuries to find the old recipes for making paint and plaster for canvasses.
Brugeilles studied naive painters, such as Rousseau, Bauchant, Crépin, Le Sage, and Séraphine, as well as frescoes and sculptures in European churches. He studied the paintings of others, like Chardin, Watteau, Boucher, Fragonard, Valentin de Boulogne, el Greco, Rembrandt, Kandinsky, and Gromaire. Chardin's work, for example, was influential in showing how to compose still life paintings.
When Brugeilles was in his twenties, he went to India, which transformed how he viewed his painting. Not only is India full of vivid color, but he was greatly inspired by seeing people living by the Hindu religion. After this trip, he began painting with a more optimistic view of life.
In France, Brugeilles taught art to adults and children. He enjoys teaching others, as he feels that art is the symbol of human energy and invigorates the human experience.
Brugeilles' paintings are in an enchanted and timeless universe, rather than reproductions of what he sees. His work is organized around powerful themes of daily life, dreams and poems, magnified and transfigured. In a suspended eternity, internal scenes of the human soul play. The paintings tell stories which are rich in symbols and essential myths. They contain symbols of his thoughts and questions that have been raised by life and by poetry. Many of the paintings have a surreal quality, because they are inspired by dreams.
Many paintings are large, because Brugeilles finds it easier to express himself in the dimension of a human being. When he creates a painting, he feels like it is taking a walk in the forest in the interior of oneself and discovering the mysterious places in the depths. His paintings always have stories and meaning and sometimes stories within stories. It is impossible to explain much more, as creativity is a thing of intimacy and difficult to describe.
In 2010, Brugeilles relocated from Lyon, France to the San Francisco Bay Area. The beauty of California is inspiring him in completely new ways.
November 5th - January 4th : Joseph Le Dieu
ART OPENING: November 8th.
Private collection of 139 original drawings of the nineteenth century which are the work of
Joseph Le Dieu, Arizona lawyer "distinguished spirit and friend of the fine arts, draftsman and skilled landscape", member of the society of archeology, sciences and arts.
The drawings presented in pencil, come from 2 notebooks with each sheet bearing a date and a place name.
It is a real walk in the southern half of the department of Manche, from Coutançais to Avranchin, which one can begin in the footsteps of the designer by following the itineraries of an artist working on the ground, that the we see at the bend of a drawing, contemplating a landscape or trying to chew it.
Apart from the archaeological and ethnographic interest they arouse, and their high graphic and artistic quality, these drawings are imbued with a great deal of sweetness and depth.
The first notebook concerns the years 1845 to 1848 and the second 1873 to 1876.
From one notebook to another, thirty years separate the two series of drawings. If the artist acquired between the two periods a perfect mastery of the pencil technique, especially in the rendering of vegetation and foliage, his walks remained the same.
A third notebook presents studies in Indian ink: characters, seascapes, beach scenes, and finally farm animals.
The attentive and observant gaze of Joseph Le Dieu, beyond looking for the picturesque and romantic approach of his time, thus accounts for this provincial, rural and coastal society on which there is very little documentation.
January 7th - January 31th : Bande Dessinée festival
ART OPENING: January 10th.
CONFERENCE & WORKSHOP: January 24th.
Featuring Danièle Archambault
Danièle Archambault, Ph.D., is a researcher, author, and educator who is interested in comics and graphic novels as a way to document a society’s cultural and linguistic landscape. She grew up in Montreal, Quebec where she was a tenured professor in the linguistics department at the University of Montreal until 1998. She moved to Palo Alto, California where she worked as a consultant in speech technology. In 2009, her interest in comics and bandes dessinées led her to take a class on writing graphic novels at Stanford University. She discovered a new and engaging way to share her reflections on language, culture and life. Since 2010, she published several comic books and graphic novels. Ms Archambault has had solo and group exhibitions (juried) in Canada and in the United States. She is a regular guest speaker on documenting culture and dialects through comics at various educational and cultural institutions. She teaches graphic novel and illustration classes at the Palo Alto Art Center and other educational venues, focusing on the art of visual storytelling. Since 2014, she has been an artist-in-residence in the Cubberley Studio Artist Program, a program of the City of Palo Alto.
In the past few years, she has published several full-color comic books and two electronic books.Her series Stairway Stories is a collection of three bilingual (French and English) flip-over books: In the Montreal of my childhood (2010), On the way to school (2010), The Age of Reason (2011).The stories, as well as the drawings, document with emotion and humor the culture and the French dialect spoken in Quebec. In Québec-California (2012),available as a paper book and as a multi-touch e-Book, she narrates her adventures and misadventures with California wildlife. Une année sans alcool. Le journal de Catherine (Vol.1) (2014) is a 124-page full-color graphic novel, in which, through the humorous personal account of a woman’s adventures in the world of sobriety, the author takes a hard look at society’s role in the pervasive problem of alcoholism in women. The novel is also available as a webcomic and is currently being adapted to English.
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