The perception of impermanence
Painter of impermanence and forgotten benevolence
Born in 1966, Dominique Meunier, French artis, lives and works near Besançon, in Franche-Comté, the homeland of the painter Courbet.
He was taught by his mother, whose work on decorative art was exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Besançon.
A career in screen printing awakened and cultivated his taste for mixed techniques and the diversity of media.
After a serious accident that turned his life upside down more than 20 years ago, he became resilient and then devoted himself entirely to creation through a deep and broad practice covering various methods and materials that promote variety and freedom of his style, united by a solid content offering him a doorway to himself by personifying the resilience of nature, its power, its beauty, which he sanctuaries in the most subtle and fragile vibration of time: the ephemeral.
His permanent search of the ultimate reality of phenomena has been recognised in several museums, galleries and art fairs in France and abroad.
Dominique Meunier draws from nature an infinite register of shapes and colours. Poetry and meditative texts, especially those of the Far Eastern philosophies, nourish and soothe him, to better give spiritual meaning to his perpetual quest: to paint the cosmic breaths. It is for the Artist to transcribe the vital breaths of nature to provoke the awarenesses of the need to defend life and nature.
Thus, his artistic approach is spiritual and meditative, like an exploration of the symbolic balance of landscapes. Attentive to the passage of time, to the subtle modulations of light, he is particularly interested in translating transient and impalpable natural phenomena. By translating the invisible, space, time and light, he is the painter of impermanence. Dominique Meunier’s painting is an ode to nature, a visual poetry that takes the viewer on the path of light and appeasement. Beyond the symbolic representation of nature, it is the passage between the inner and outer worlds that the artist’s works allow to see.
Dominique Meunier’s artistic expression is characterised by three principles: materiality and its sensory dimension, meditative symbolism and the correlation of inseparable subjects, and chromatic unity with special attention to the balance given by light. Thus, the mineral is essential in the progression of the Artist who transcribes it through the interplay of textures on the canvas. Minerality reflects Dominique Meunier’s need for solidity and stability. It is then that his works are transformed into an invitation to meditation, like sanctuaries, preserved worlds.
The human being has a marginal presence in the creations of the Artist whose Taoist conception of the world makes humanity an invisible presence in nature itself. The choice of colours allows him to express the depth of the landscapes and to reveal this invisible dimension, freeing the cosmic breath. This work on chromatic breathes is accompanied by a special attention to the light that bathes the works of Dominique Meunier, gradually becoming predominant. By giving life to matter, the Artist reveals all the asperities of the human soul.
2020 - Award winner “Artist of the Future” by Contemporary Art Curator Magazine
2018- Public's first price - group exhibition (80 artists, 300 artworks) LIONS CLUB-Besançon, France
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