The perception of impermanence
Painter of impermanence and forgotten benevolence
His life is a story of resilience through painting. After a serious accident 20 years ago, that turned his life upside down, he devotes himself entirely to creation through a deep and broad practice, covering various methods and materials that promote variety and freedom of his style.
His aesthetic feeling developed very early on thanks to his mother, whose work on decorative art was exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Besançon (France). He followed her teaching. She taught him above all the observation, that of nature and that of the painters she admired as Corot, Millet and Courbet, painter of his region Burgundy Franche-Comte. They were his first aesthetic emotions. Then a career in industrial serigraphy awakened and cultivated his taste for mixed media and the diversity of supports.
A soul of silence between the impermanence of the living and eternity, between self and infinity, he lives from landscapes and, on a path turned towards the essential, he aspires to a spirituality, to a harmony of man's relationship with nature, seeking to capture the sensitive beyond appearances, questioning, through a poetics of passage and silence, the possibilities of the representation of what seems to be at stake: the unity of man and the cosmos, the unity of man and meaning, the interdependence of phenomena. He links spirituality and aesthetics, where the impermanent and the fleeting prevail over reality.
His permanent research has been recognized in several art galleries and art fairs, in France and abroad.
Member of the International Association of Visual Artists (IAVA – under the aegis of UNESCO), The House of Artists (France), The Taylor Foundation, The Circle Foundation for the Art, Academician of the Association Mondial Art Academia
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
2020- Honourable mention – Contest "Art in the time of Coronavirus & Social Distancing” of Circle Foundation for the Arts
2018- Public's first price - group exhibition (80 artists, 300 artworks) LIONS CLUB-Besançon, France