Dominique Meunier artiste peintre

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1966, in Besançon, I draw and paint since my early childhood. My mother has transmitted her passion to me, being herself an artist and a painter. Her decorative artwork was exhibited at the Beaux-arts museum of Besançon. She taught me what I believe is the most important thing: the observation of painters, particularly whom she much admired like Millet, Corot and Courbet, painter from my region, “Franche Comté”.

Nature, poetry and meditative texts, in particular far-eastern philosophies are major source firing my imagination. They also give the spiritual sense for my drive of painting the energy burst and dealing with soul states and human consciousness.

After a serious accident and subsequent health issues, painting has become an ‘inner necessity’ in order to reclaim my life. Since then, I learn, I acquire something new every time, as a mirror of myself. It’s a spiritual approach, more than a fun approach, although I love venturing into new frontiers. My paintings, conceptualized slowly in a play between abstraction and reality, try to express the passage between inner and outer worlds, my consciousness vibrations, reminiscences and resilience.

Three fundamentals define my esthetic credo and steer my research: First, materiality and its sensory dimension, second, meditative symbolism and linked-subjects correlation (such as water and mountains), finally, chromatic unity and light-induced balance through the selection of a simplified correlated color range.

What nourishes my serenity is the mineral: the mountains, the dizzy and wild parades, the veins of limestones and granites, the caves, Avens, Lapiaz, the Dry valleys, the sands, the land of the ploughs... My paintings show a characteristic texture thanks to the application of natural pigments paired that mingle with an organic material consisting mainly of mortar with sand that I kneaded with the hand, sculpted with the spatula, like the Mason. I seek to magnify the purity of matter, to give life to it, to spiritualize it, which nourishes a painting gestural, physical, sometimes radical, often melancholic, revealing the rhythm "land". The otherness formed by the sculpturaling slurries form the thickness of life, the passing time, and the asperities of the human soul... The expressed emotion thus becomes an embodiment of the tactile sense through a mixture of coincidence and gestural control (construction and deconstruction).My research and work focuses on the sensory dimension of this materiality: the painting becomes a living organism that I react to. The painting must be alive.

My composition is controlled by the phenomena of inseparable subjects, in symbolic correlation: the mineral nourishes in me my need for solidity, stability, reliability, the path to inner peace, and the waters represent the infinity of Possible, the course of my existence, the fluctuations and the regeneration of my desires and feelings. The subjects represented, which are sometimes only suggested, "accidents" or "fragments" of matter or "drips" of water, always in symbolic correlation, materialize memories and feelings, between the emptiness and the full, the Yang and the yin, which gives a Dynamic, which is that of impermanence but also of resilience. The dominant proportion of one or the other subject in my painting announces what symbolic value I wish to see preponderant and thus shows the states of soul: the Nymphéas where the element water dominates, the sea or the river from the quest of the source to the flowers of peach ", All these waters represent, both my ability to regain my life and my ability to wash what contaminates my daily lives. Water, a symbol of spiritual revival, a life force, correlated with the subject of mountains, a meditative subject that is both universal and dramatic, makes my painting an invitation to meditation by feeding on a meditative symbolic that takes its Source in the Chan (Zen). There is very little human being in my creations, it is nature that prevails. In my conception which is that of the Taoists, man is as integrated to the whole: his absence in my paintings underlines his invisible presence and the depth of his soul. And when I represent it is to remember that it is very small facing the immensity of the world while being part of the whole. And man is not lost in the universe, he is just sitting, focused, here and now. It comes back to its normal condition and harmonizes with the cosmic order.

The choice of materials also expresses my sensitivity to color. Of these themes (mountains, water,...) Born a choice of a chromatic range sober but that I push in its temperature by multiplying the nuances, which gives my work a certain depth which can come out a certain melancholy. This choice leaves me free to work in a continuous dynamic where my energy can go crescendo, resulting in my gestures in a creative impulse. Spaces and colors compounds most often natural pigments meet more easily, impregnate, feed. Dialogue between colors and transparency, fluidity and movements, material and opacity allow to tell a story by transfiguring the real through the play of the vibrations of light that energize the spatial tensions. The light guides me, as she guided me in my near death experience, in my quest for harmony and balance. She hasn't left me since.

 

Represented on 

Concept Store Gallery PARIS (75006) and LA BAULE (44500)

www.concept-store-gallery.com

Marco Antonio Patrizio Gallery

Riviera Albertino Mussato 14 B, Padua, Italy 35139

www.marcoantoniopatrizio.com 

GALLERY104.COM

373 Broadway,#512.New York, NY.10013

www.gallery104.com

 

 EXHIBITIONS

2019

* Paris Art Fair from 11-14 april, Marco Antonio Patrizio Gallery selection

* group exhibition from 16 February- 1er March at Concept Store Gallery in La Baule (44500)

*solo exhibition usin "Art Room" from 2-3 February, "In the intimacy of my workshop"

2018  

* solo exhibition from 20 December at the Concept Store Gallery in Paris (75006) 

* group exhibition from 13-14 October at the Grand Kursaal in Besançon (25). This event has existed for over two decades.    Public's first prize. 

* group exhibition from 19-21 October at the ‘Louvre Art Shopping Carrousel’ fair in Paris (75). ‘Artists Workshop Club’ selection.

* solo exhibition using 'Art Room', 'Matter and sensations'

Each year since 2003, solo exhibition using ‘Art room’ concept. ‘Nature Sensations’ in 2016, ‘Reminiscence and Resilience’ in 2017