Woman Art Painting
French painter – Annick Bouvattier comes from Nevers. Originally she was a stylist and costume designer until she started her career in the ’90s as a painter. She specializes in painting women. In empty apartments they play with light and shadow, and focuses on the authentic representation of the female body.
- Scent of a woman: Femininity in a gesture, in a curve, in a look, in the swaying of a hip hips, Annick Bouvattier painted women in their essence of living.
- Body: Pretties, young, sometimes playing off their femininity, the women of Annick Bouvattier live without false modesty, indifferent to outside eyes.
- & Soul: The women painted by Annick Bouvattier are not soul-searching . Their attitude seems to be saying “I’m not alone, I’m just being me…”.
- In the cities: Urban women. They live there. They work there. They go ouy in the evening. They live life to the full. You come across them by chance.
- Cinema: Cinemascope canvases, anamorphic pictures, happy ending “à la Hollywood”, tabloïd celebrities, Annick Bouvattier projects us into a cinema of memory.
In 1982, after passing her school-leaving certificate with a science major, she broke away from the family tradition of studying medecine to enrol at the “Berçot – Marie Rucki” school of fashion where, for two years, she trained as a stylist. Her works were then presented in Paris and the Villa Médicis in Rome, and were praised by professionals and published in specialist magazines.
However, she was more attracted by stage fashion than haute-couture, and chose film and advertising. A stylist and costume-maker, she often works with Cinecitta in Rome. From her italian experience, she has retained the deep, warm and sensual colours – sun-filled ochres, velvety reds, intense blues and deep greens.
At the beginning of 1990, she decided to turn to painting exclusively.After two years of self-training, she became in 1992 the pupil of Pierre Ramel, Mac Avoy’s disciple and bursar who taught her the technique of using a knife to paint with oil, which she uses in smoothed out form to achieve an effect of transparency.
Annick Bouvattier painted women, often alone, in almost empty flats, but furnished mainly by shadows and light. Young, pretties, they live their femininity without false modesty, unconcerned by the looks of others.
Large canvases, close-up compositions, the works of Annick Bouvattier are spaces where the picturial rhymes with the emotional.
Name: Woman Art Painting
Technique: Oil on canvas
Artist: Annick Bouvattier, France
Text Description: © Courtesy of Annick Bouvattier
Images: © Annick Bouvattier