I’ve found in painting a wonderful opportunity to engage with the world and with myself, and it’s full of enthusiasm that I carry on looking around and inside, aiming to replicate the child-like magic of bringing to life tiny worlds inside a frame.
I often start with direct observation from life. However, I'm driven by the idea of potential and surprises; and enjoy drifting away from my source material to wander in less controlled directions. My pictures grow through layering, making and unmaking, turning the canvas around, finding tangents, and confusing planes.
Recently, I've explored ways to make the canvas feel like a sketchbook, to find a similar immediacy that drawing allows me.
I’m fully embracing the playfulness of painting: often from the floor, I make marks through paint, pastels, pencils, carving tools...
Drawing is my most happy place; a beautiful way to engage with the world around me, I carry my sketchbooks with me all the time. I fill them with observations from life, thoughts and, more recently, little worlds from my imagination.
I was born in France in 1994, with my own set of fingers and toes (amniotic band syndrome): some unusual shapes that I enjoy investigating in my paintings.
I studied video editing (assembling and disassembling varied materials to spark unexpected connections) and 3D modelling for video games (infinite universes made of limited resources).
Moving to London in September 2016 was a turning point, as I started to draw again and reconnect with a more immediate creativity: soon after, I was falling in love with oil paint.
I’m about to start my final year of a Contemporary Portrait Diploma at the Art Academy in London Bridge, full of gratitude for learning from incredible tutors and peers. I've recently started to explore sculpture and find a lot of joy in this additional way of looking.
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Suzon Lagarde - 2020