Monestier

Monestier was born in 1974 in Yvelines, France. A professional painter since 1994, Monestier has already had a remarkable career. Reared in a family of artists, it is only natural that he chose this profession. Taught in his father's studio, he learned how to engrave and paint with both pastels and oils.


A supreme colorist, Monestier loves to focus on still-lives because they allow him the greatest freedom in expressing his bold palette. His rich and energetic colors shine through in his floral bouquets, landscapes and seascapes. They enchant the viewer with their intense presence, their tenderness. Harnessing the brightest primary colors to create his art; each painting draws the viewer in and caresses one's imagination.

 

In 1998, Monestier signed a contract with a Japanese publisher, thus introducing his paintings to the Asian market.

 

These works of sensual cubism are rhythms like a score of music where the tempo has four times the color, grace, balance and joy to captivate us. Monestier’s magnificent techniques, which he renders with a palette knife and brush, have been featured in galleries in Europe, Asia, and America, giving him international recognition at such a young age in his career.

Words from the artist:

My favorite artists are Matisse, Nicolas de Stael and Cathelin. What I like about them, which has influenced my painting, is the light, colors, medium and spontaneity. I have always wanted to be a painter. My father, Pascal Etchenic a painter, instilled this passion in me early by taking me to museums and art galleries at a very young age. He trained me in different techniques, such as drawing, etching and dry pastels. My preferred medium is oil paint. I love the sensuousness of working the pallet knife on a canvas, the results of this medium, and the endless possibilities of oil painting. I am before all a colorist. I am trying to refine my work by going directly to the essential, avoiding easy effects to obtain a maximum of emotions and sensations. Afternoon is my most creative time. I start to paint, and after a few hours of work I begin to feel inspired. Things happen quite spontaneously. One color leads to another, one movement corresponds to a mass, a mass leads to another layer. It is often hard for me to stop. I started my career almost 10 years ago. I am proud to be featured in numerous French art galleries, and contacted by Robert Four for the creation of three tapestries. Hibell in Japan noticed me and has

already printed 19 serigraphs. Finally I am proud to be represented in the United States by leading galleries. During days that I am not painting or require some time off for inspiration, I enjoy spending time with nature. I am drawn towards the sea! If I were to give advice to young painters who want to establish a professional career it would be, paint to please yourself. I would also relay the advice I have received: be true to yourself, never take the easy road, aim to always be better. For example, if a painting is finished, but I feel I can bring something more to it, I will do it at the risk of destroying it. I like to work without a net.

-Monestier

Galleries That Display His Work:

Galerie Peraclydes, St. Jean-de-Luz

Galerie Pygmalion, St. Nazaire

Galerie du Pharos, Avignon, Marseille,

Galerie le Biblion, Toulouse,

St. Remy-de-Provence

Select Galleries in the United States

Galerie M.J. Gruel, Bayeux

Galerie Vauban, Dijon

Galerie Em-Hermes, Frejus

Galerie E. Poggi, Grenoble

Galerie Concorde, Mulhouse

Galerie Hautecoeur, Paris

Exhibitions:

1999 - Galerie Flore, St. Brieuc

2000 - Galerie Pygmalion, St. Nazaire

2002 - Artexpo New York, NY

2005 – P&C Art, Washington, DC

DE Fine Art, Atlanta GA

2006 – Lee Hayden, Westlake, OH

2007 – P&C Art, Washington, DC

DE Fine Art, Atlanta GA

 

MONESTIER travaille la matière de façon très libre : sa pâte est généreuse et ses couleurs intenses. Coloriste, il se situe entre figuration et abstraction.

Outre son atelier à PORT FREJUS, ou vous pouvez le découvrir,  MONESTIER  expose en plus de ces galeries Françaises, au Japon, ou il est édité depuis 1997, par les éditions  Hibell et aux USA ou il est diffusé par son agent, Robert Harris.

 

 

EXPOSITIONS

1997 - Galerie Micheau ,Bar le duc

1999 - Galerie Flore, St. Brieuc

2000 - Galerie Pygmalion, St. Nazaire

2002 - Artexpo New York, NY

2005 – P&C Art, Washington, DC

DE Fine Art, Atlanta GA

2006 – Lee Hayden, Westlake, OH

2007 – P&C Art, Washington, DC

DE Fine Art, Atlanta GA

2009– P&C Art, Washington, DC

2011– P&C Art, Washington, DC

2013– P&C Art, Washington, DC

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