Antoine Renault’s painting suspends time, catches the instant, the souvenir. Not in a nostalgic way, but to dip or dive in. Antoine Renault went to painting from photography he improved in the 80’s in New York, Keith Haring SoHo and Edward Hopper Long Island.
It’s in Barcelona, close to Sorolla’s shores for some years, that a passion for light and water develops. Reflections and transparencies become his favorite themes. “Light is my real motivation. Water is my favorite catalyst. Both are the guiding threads of my inspiration”.
rom then, his work becomes flow, movement, ripple… Antoine Renault focuses on slow motion atmosphere, time still on the beach, with a soft sensuality floating. His work constantly plays with the borders of realism. Yet, get closer to the canvas and visible brushstrokes push the reality back, offering space for emotions and echo. Born in Nantes in 1963, Antoine Renault is a self-taught painter. His series “Ocean Paintings” brings him international recognition in 2012.
All images courtesy of the artist Antoine Renault
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