NNC LONDON ART MAGAZINE MAY 2018

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1 Tell us about your artistic work: why do you do it, what do you talk about, if you have a precise style and

a

precise

technique

or

change

them

in

every

project

First of all, I want to thank you for this opportunity to talk about my work and for having contacted me, I feel happy and grateful. So for the „why“- I think it´s for me like for many artists,

writers,

musicians,

singer,

designer

actors,…well all creative people: We just must do it! I feel a strong inner desire to create, to paint and I want to give with my work inspiration and beauty to this

world.

I

just

got

lovely

feedback

from

a

wonderful woman, her name is Glenn Younger, and she wrote to me: „ Just keep spreading your creativity in the world. People NEED beauty. It softens them and opens them up to new ways of seeing the world they live in …We´re all in this together, right?“ I would say that my paintings are an invitation for the observer to feel re-connected to the beauty and preciousness

of

life

in

this

increasingly

technical

world where things are so fast, and nobody seems to have time to relax and to take a deep breath to slow down and just to enjoy life. Yes

-

I

have

a

precise

technique

and

style

that

I

developed over the years - I combine my knowledge from painting in oil, watercolor and on porcelain to create now mixed media paintings. I paint intuitively because I really love to express my feelings, hopes, and dreams this way and I love the challenge and the risk to commit, to be brave and to go for it without having the possibility to undo. In my art, I talk about feelings, nature, humanity and my

love

for

contribution development

this to to

world

a

world a

and in

life. which

peaceful

and

My

art

is

happiness

my and

constructive

togetherness strengthens mankind. I want to inspire others to take action and to do a very first step.


2 Within which mood of art you place your artwork

My focus is on intuitive painting, and the abstract flowers are aesthetic accents and symbols for life and feelings. www.francoise-wattre.com 3 Could

you

tell

us

something about

your

country

about art? Is there an active artistic community? Are you part of it

I´m living in Germany and before I lived in France and I love to spend time in the USA too - there´re a lot of communities - for instance, I just like to spend time with a handful friends from all over the world who are also artists, writer, songwriter, and musicians or creative entrepreneurs - this is my favorite artistic community. 4 What's a typical day in Françoise wattrè's life?

I’m quite an early bird and a typical day in my artist life always begins with rituals I love as my first cup of coffee in silence while reading. Then later, as I´m a professional

artist

I

answer

my

emails

after

breakfast, make calls etc. and go then to the studio. I love the clarity of my studio, I open the windows and take a canvas - I love to paint the size from 120 x 100 cm and bigger and I prefer to paint on linen because of the quality. I know exactly what I want to express - the mood, the colors, the shapes and in accordance to this I choose the music I want to hear .... and then I grab the colors, the brushes and this white canvas will be the playground of my creativity. I paint without projector, technical aids, preliminary drawings, screens or other help - and this is what I love

the

most

-

being

bold,

creating

intuitively,

taking the risk. What I need is time…..and to be not disturbed.


I stop when I feel that for today I gave all my love and

attention

brushes,

to

this

cleaning

the

painting

-

then

workplace

is

washing

a

the

ritual

too.

Preparing it for the next day - the next layers for the painting,

the

next

ideas….

and

then

one

day

a

new

painting is finished… 5

Traveling

for

art,

for

example

for

personal

exhibitions or for other art exhibitions you want to see? Do you love to see the art of others?

Yes of course - but where to start: Venice Guggenheim Museum, Art Karlsruhe, Art Basel, St. Paul de Vence - Foundation Maeght, Dali Museum, Louvre, of course,

Picasso

Museum,

Frieder

Burda

Stiftung,

Foundation Beyeler.,…too many to name them all ... I

always

go

to

exhibitions

and

art

fairs,

I

love

Art…sculptures too Rodin….mmmh. I love to see the art of others and I’m especially interested in painter and sculptors and I’m particularly touched and impressed when technical ability meets creativity. Originality is key too - to see that an artist has his own, unique voice. As I prefer to work with professional art dealers as gallerists my art is shown in their galleries and on their

websites

on

a

permanent

basis

and

also

in

gallery shows. My other art dealers show original artwork to their clients to find the best fit for their needs and wishes. Every human being is different and when it comes to art there is something special - it has to touch us if we want to live with a piece on a daily basis for years. The point is: will this art piece touch my heart and my inner longings? Does it talk to me? If yes - it´s the right piece. I

think

that

enthusiasm.

you

should

buy

art

because

of


6 Where are your favorite places or themes where you can find inspiration for your work?

I find inspiration in music, poetry, literature, films, dancing and of course life itself - as in my art all is about life and feelings, I´m very sensible to all kind of situations, moods, light, colors, shapes and also scents - after a visit in Grasse in the south of France I had to paint these sensations... 7 Have you studied art or are you self-taught

Like many artists, I painted excessively as a child, forgot

the

hours

and

was

completely

absorbed

by

this wonderful activity. At the age of about 10, I had a very bad experience with an art teacher. We should make a painting at home and I put all my love and energy in this painting with the result that he didn´t believe me that I had made it. He was convinced an adult from my family had done it and he punished me, I got

the

worst

classroom.

Of

grade,

course,

I

and was

I

had

shocked

to

leave

and

the

ashamed,

tears running down my face I was sure to never ever paint again in school. Perhaps for this, I wasn´t attracted to study art - as I love languages too I did German studies in France and painted at that time a lot in watercolor and oil, and I did porcelain painting also. I learned I took lessons with professional artists to refine my own skills. I was, and I´m always interested in learning more and to express with all the knowledge my own voice and style. Years later I also went to the art academy, but I was never interested in the painting like

my

teachers

but

to

explore

my

own

artistic

language. I will always continue to experiment and to develop my poetic voice - I focus on a continuous and long art career. 8 Do you remember the first artistic work you did?

Well long time ago : ) my mom does, she was astonished when I drew a stag with antlers at the age of three.


t´s funny I remember the dedication with which I mixed my colors. 9 What do you think about social networks and the web about art and artists? Could you tell us about your technique?

It´s just amazing what we have today as possibilities to

show

and

share

our

work

for

sure.

This

is

a

significant milestone in history without any doubt. We can show the job, a first impression is given. And on the other hand - when it comes to digging deeper we all know that the fact to see a painting in real can

never

possible

be

to

replaced

capture

by

the

an

image.

physical

It´s

just

not

and

the

presence

unique aura from an art piece. For this art fairs like the Art Karlsruhe, the Art Basel or the Art Miami are so important - we need to see the artwork, the size, the impact, the mood - we can´t capture this on our smartphone collector

or

a

who

emerging

screen.

wants

artist

And

to

would

it´s

invest

like

to

normal in

art

see

that

from

the

a an

original

artwork - of course. So the gallerist is the crucial confidant between the collector and the artist. 10

Could

you

talk

to

us

about

the

idea

of

your

project? 11 You have organized exhibitions in the past. How does

it

feel

to

involve

others in

your

art? 12

What is your favorite artwork?

My

art

can

be

found

in

galleries

in

the

USA

and

Germany, I have an art dealer in New York and work together with a designer in Chicago. And I would love to have more partners to collaborate with for sure because I don´t want to sell my art by myself - I want to paint ; ) This

summer

I

will

have

an

exhibition

in

Donaueschingen in the town hall. I’m grateful that the

Cultural

Office

asked

me

to

show

my

work.

Donaueschingen is known in the art world for Anselm Kiefer, who was born here - so this is my project for this summer,

and I’m

exhibition right know.

working on

paintings

for

this


11 You have organized exhibitions in the past. How does it feel to involve others in your art? It

felt,

and

because I

it

feels

only

good

to

started when

I

me,

and

I

think

had

a body

of

it´s

work

which was really my own style. I prefer that my work is

shown

by

my

professional

art

dealers

-

so

the

organization was done for example by my Gallerist Mister Schindel for the „Spring“ Show in Germany- or on a permanent basis in the Sher Gallery in Florida. 12 What is your favorite artwork? I´m always touched by typical family memories - so my favorite

artwork

will

always

be

the

paintings

my

sons made for me when they were children 13 If you could show off your artworks anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

Anywhere in the world wow… so because I intend to bring beauty, inspiration, and peace into this world, then I would choose… the night sky. So, when people see themselves in extraordinary moments or in despair and distress, in moments of vulnerability and doubt when they look into heaven, they may feel hope, take courage,

and

feel

connected

to

life

and

their

strength again. As

Jane

Goodall

difference,

and

said:“

you

have

What to

you

decide

do what

makes kind

a of

difference you want to make.“ 14 Are you reading a book at the moment? There is one book you have on your reading list?

I read a lot and I read my favorite authors again and again as Siri Hustvedt, Brené Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert …again

a

long

list

:

)

at

the

moment

I

read

again

Steven Pressfield. And on my list is- the biography from Klimt. 15 is

there

a

famous contemporary

artist

that

you

want to report? And an artist who is not famous but


who

you

like

and

whose

artistic

research

do

you

share This is a complicated question, because I often love this or that of an artist in his approach, technique or expression - too many to name them all- and I share of course the artistic research of Alena

Hennessy

and

Flora

Bowley

who

are

also

intuitive painters. 16

You

have

been

contacted

by

No

Name

Collective

Gallery and did not know what kind of project we would have made: are you happy to trust us? Yes, of course, I’m happy to trust you - for me the most essential basis is trust, and on this basis, I’m always breaking new ground, and I believe that only on this basis can things emerge well. I’m happy and grateful for being one of the artists you selected. And I hope that the NNC Gallery and your readers find value, joy, and inspiration with my artwork because this would be the greatest pleasure to me. 17 We

ask

for

a

small

fee

for

the

selection

of the

magazine and our other calls (artistic residencies and art clashes) but for the artists, we have selected and which we will select every year then we work for free. What do you think about this thing?

I thank you for your approach and I think it´s key art is a important and wonderful gift to humanity and artists change the world with their work - we all are happier and life is better with art. All the wonderful art pieces, songs, symphonies, books and movies which are part of our culture and identity remind us to continue the work and to show the work - and having the

opportunity

amazing !

to

do

this

for

reasonable

fees

is


Thank you for this interview it was my pleasure to show my work and also to share a little bit of my artistic life.

If you’re interested in knowing more :

Web site : www.francoise-wattre.com

instagram: francoise.wattre

Thank you for your interest in my work.

Warmly


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