About Lucie Collot
Lucie Collot (1989), a watercolor artist and lecturer, draws inspiration from nature, underwater environments, the creations of the artists from the School of Nancy, and Art Nouveau to craft works characterized by flowing curves.
Having entered the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts (ENSA) in Dijon in 2008, she felt the need to pursue her artistic practice as a self-taught artist while studying art history for 5 years at the University of Lorraine. She has been refining her style since 2008, and just two years later, she showcased her first solo exhibition in a gallery in Nancy. This marked the beginning of numerous other exhibitions, including her solo exhibition in 2012 in Chile, and more recently in 2022 in Brussels at the Maison Autrique as part of the "Inner Gardens" exhibition. She is set to participate in the Lyon Art Paper contemporary drawing fair in October 2023.
Without severing the connection to the visual and sensual capture of the world, Lucie Collot's creations foster the emergence of a new, diaphanous, and fluid material, as if her ultimate obsession were to convey the vastness of landscapes stamped with the mark of eternity. ...Vegetal clouds, not devoid of a certain melancholy, shrouded in an inaugural aura, within which the viewer perceives the echo of a distant call.
While the palette is primarily built upon a vivid and expressive range of colors, these hues tirelessly and passionately animate the fantastic reveries that assail the artist's imagination. She employs the instinctual principle of purely sensory freedom, with color combinations encouraging the blossoming of an inner light projected into the depths of memory. Her works bear a spiritual dimension that harks back to the splendors of the Belle Époque.
A pioneer in her own manner, Lucie Collot grants herself an unabashed truth of gesture—there is no surrender here—but rather, the boldly asserted strength of combining vibrant forms with flexible lines that carry a stunning gentleness. Her productivity, along with the spontaneity of her gestures, attests to an appetite for creation that is uncommon and a passion as fervent as it is intense. A painting for which she demands much: emotion, authenticity, rigor, poetry, strength, virtue... a painting that chooses the path of a lyrical, turbulent, and sensitive confrontation.
The Colorful Reveries of Lucie Collot, by Gérard Denizeau
<< Without breaking the bond with the visual and sensual capture of the world, Lucie Collot's artworks foster the emergence of a new, diaphanous, and fluid material, as if the artist's ultimate obsession were to convey the vastness of landscapes stamped with the mark of eternity. Colored landscapes, not devoid of a certain melancholy, shrouded in an inaugural aura, within which the viewer perceives the echo of a distant call. The palette is primarily built upon a range of vivid, lyrical, and expressive colors, as these hues tirelessly and passionately animate the fantastic reveries that assail the artist's imagination. These are delicate reveries, but also infused with power, vigor, energy, all the while bearing a lyrical nuance strongly tinged with elegiac emotion. There is no surrender here, but rather, the boldly asserted strength of flexible lines and variegated masses, attesting to an appetite for creation that is uncommon and a passion for painting as fervent as it is intense.
Operating on the principle of variation, Lucie Collot delights in developing series of savory originality, a source of multifaceted production in which all stylistic parameters assert an instinctual principle of purely sensory freedom. Intense and gentle, generating irregular fragments with trembling highlights, the palette fosters the emergence of an inner light projected into the depths of memory. The destabilization of the surface through the interweaving of lines, dissonance of colors, and clash of masses generates that turbulence-laden equilibrium that is the very hallmark of life. Contrary to an ossifying aesthetic commitment that had undermined a significant portion of visual creation at the twilight of the second millennium, this uncategorizable painting rejects all forms of expressive confinement and categorization. Vision lives only in movement, with artifice excluded in favor of an unabashed truth of gesture, a formal spontaneity inscribed in the transience of dynamic time and space.
In the eyes of our young creator, no refusal appears more determined than that of immobility. Distrustful of a technique that is too well-trodden – even scholastic – a pioneer in her own manner, Lucie Collot continually dismisses any temptation to become a complacent spectator of her own painting. In her enchanting visions, the effects of symmetry and parallelism impose a structural framework whose firmness does not exclude suppleness, while collisions of colors destabilize the surface of the composition, creating intriguing oscillation and depth effects. While chromatic freedom may occasionally lead the artist to the borders of imbalance, it simultaneously permits her to infuse the image with a spiritual intensity harkening back to the splendors of oriental mosaic. In search of a sovereign vision, Lucie Collot's works propose less an exploration of the world than its fleeting capture, inviting a nostalgic return to that wild territory where painting was born. A painting for which she demands much: emotion, authenticity, rigor, poetry, strength, virtue... a painting that, rejecting the comfort of courtly art, chooses the path of a lyrical, turbulent, and sensitive confrontation. In a word, a painting of an artist. >>