29 Paintings Full of Emotional Springs by Do Fournier


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Artist Do Fournier

Do Fournier (French, b.1951) is a Contemporary painter, originally from Guerande, Brittany, France. She began her career as a successful illustrator, and, in 1984, changed her focus to the creation of her own paintings. Her works were well received, and numerous prestigious exhibitions of her artworks have been mounted in France. In addition, she has frequently been invited to exhibit at the Salon d’Automne in Paris.

Fournier creates fantastic, colorful, and intimate works inspired by her home in France, which overlooks the sea. Her family and pets, as well as her collection of objects d’art, rugs, and textiles, are her primary subjects.

Les Nabis réminiscence

As the noted French critic Gerard Xuriguera has observed:
“Her approach in an uneasy society is not to describe it’s pain but the potential it still has for joy, it’s fragile moments of charm and peacefulness stolen from a routine existence. To do this she expresses reality in its most intimate, sensual, peaceful and carnal form. Not as imitation but as a vision filtered through her observations and cast in the exuberance of her blazing colours. What she is trying to capture is fleeting emotion, to immobilize it and express it as simply as possible.

Here, as Pierre Bonnard puts it, “emotion springs up in its time. The shock is instantaneous, often unexpected.” Above all a painter of atmospheres, the art of Do Fournier occasionally takes on a baroque air laden with mixtures of color, graphical convolutions, objects negligently arranged, bodies in a state of abandonment that take us to the heart of a universe half way between dreams and the familiar. In filigree we find traces of the Nabis in the stylization of form and movement, surfaces of contrasting colours and the kitschy surroundings. We are not looking here at some melancholy representation, but one that is refreshing and greedy for life”.

Her universe isn’t to be compared with any other one, even though one feels, through her paintings, the multiple influences of great masters. The serenity of the displayed scenes characterizes her work. Beyond a profusion of earthenwares, carpets, warm-coloured and exuberant drapery, young dozed off girls immerse the viewer into a particuliar sensuality and intimacy. Do Fournier transposes in painterly what life conceals of moments of happiness, those that are to catch sight of, which one can enjoy every day without even noticicing it. FORMATION AT THE PENNINGHEN “MET” INSTITUTE (private art workshop in Paris) – WINNER OF THE TAYLOR FUNDATION PRICE.

Fournier creates fantastic, colorful and intimate works drawn from the environs of her home in France, which overlooks the sea. Her family and pets, as well as her collection of object d’art, rugs and textiles, are the primary subjects and inspiration for her paintings. Also drawing inspiration from the 19th century painters know as the Nabis, including Maurice Denis, Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard, her paintings feature domestic interiors that have been transformed into extraordinary environments filled with color, texture and pattern.