Christophe Maunoury is a French abstract painter who explores the interaction between paint, water and different textures of paper. His process (available on this video) is as interesting as the final paintings: he uses paint and water to create his intricate and unique designs. Christophe who studied art at the Ateliers des Beaux Arts de Paris, was a resident artist at the ESKFF at Mana Contemporary where I had the chance to meet him.
He has a solo show in Paris Nov 21-24 see here for more information.
Where do you live and what is your background?
I live and work in Paris. After Medical School, I developed my art interests at Ateliers Beaux-Arts Montparnasse in Paris.
What was your artistic path leading you to become an abstract painter? Who are your main influencers?
I began with collecting art and I was very attracted by abstract paintings and sculptures. When I was visiting exhibitions or attending openings, people were keeping asking me if I was a painter…. So I went to Ateliers Beaux-Arts Montparnasse and decided to become a painter. I furiously need to paint.
I am not sure about influencers. If I had to mention two of them, I would probably say Gerhard Richter and Jackson Pollock.
I enjoyed watching the video on your website about your process. Do you start with a precise idea or do you let yourself be surprised? How do you know that your painting is finished?
I very rarely know precisely what I’m going to do. I think about it on my way to the studio. I begin with the choice of colors I am going to work with and start to apply layers of paint. I love to explore the interaction between paint, water and different textures of paper, searching for harmony. By chance, patterns, transparencies will appear and moments later, new shapes will come up: landscapes, cities, crowds and surprises…. People can see and imagine whatever they want.
What do you like most in your work?
The atmosphere of my studio, the bubble I’m in when painting, very focused, fighting with the different layers of paint until the painting is done.
What do you want to achieve with your art?
That’s a crucial issue! I want to arouse emotion and create harmony. I hope my paintings inspire people to dream or think of beauty.
Do you have an anecdote that you’d like to share?
During an exhibition, a person was asking another one: do you think he’s using a stepladder for the large-size paintings?
What is the question you’re asked the most?
How long does it take to make a painting?
What is the question you’d like to be asked?
Could you make a painting that fits and matches our couch? Joking….
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