The perception of impermanence
Born in 1966, Dominique Meunier is an award-winning artist working near Besançon whose works are exhibited internationally.
Painting is a family affair. He followed the teaching of 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 media and the diversity of media.
After a serious road accident that turned his life upside down more than 20 years ago, he became resilient and devoted himself entirely to creation.
His art celebrates the epiphanies of nature that he paints on the edge of absence and imperceptible. For him, it is a question of exploring the correlations between the brilliance of the visible and the opacity of the invisible in order to go beyond the appearances of reality and thus question our subjectivity to awaken our senses and the soul. By making perceptible the link between reality, the vital territory and the dark space of finitude, he seeks to bring man into this dialogue that eternalizes him so that he becomes aware of the power of Providence.
His permanent approach has been recognized in several museums, cultural centers, galleries and art fairs, both in France and abroad.
A member of the Taylor Foundation, he is also a member of the International Movement Art Resilience and an academician knight of Mondial Art Académia.
2023 - Circle Foundation for the Arts (CFA) Artist of the Year Award 2022
2022- Silver Medal landscape section International Art Academia World Professional Award.
2022 - Special Prize of the Jury at the great competition of the International Academy of Contemporary Art.
2021- Gold Medal International Art Academia World Professional Award "Art Academia World Choice".
2020 - Silver medal of the painting prize at the Salon of the National Society of Fine Arts - Paris
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
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.
2017 - Solo exhibition « Reminiscence and resilience » - Meadow studio, Buthiers, France