FEATURED ARTIST: Anne Frances Le Moine
Published: 19 May 2016
The next featured artist to be approached for our Q&A is local painter Anne Frances Le Moine, who works with a huge variety of mediums including oil painting on canvas, watercolour paintings on paper, ink and mixed media collage drawings and murals on concrete walls. She tells us about the great Artists from different eras who have inspired her, and what she is preparing for us to see at her Open Studios in 2016:
"How would you describe yourself as an Artist?
I'm a figurative artist using landscape and a diverse collection of imagery in persuit of a meditative investigation of mortality. I create atmospheric landscape paintings, often very large oils on canvas, to evoke the memory of lost friends and heroes. Brush marks, the physical nature of paint and its colour relationships are the practical issues to struggle with as a painter. I use drawing to communicate thoughts and ideas, to commemorate and record by layering and juxtaposing images. I pose questions in cryptic collage drawings which address issues which are at once private and public.
Have you taken part in Skipton Open Studios before?
Yes, I've been involved from the very first one and in 2014 I was part of the team who painted the mural on the Normans building to launch Skipton Open Studios 2014.
How did you first get into Art?
My Dad was a very talented artist and I always wanted to paint and draw as well as him. He taught me the basic skills before I went to art college and I am still trying...
Who is your creative inspiration?
Many artists throught-out history from the Quattrocento Italians, such as Giotto and Massachio, the Baroque compositions of Rubens to the Modernists such as Matisse and Bonnard. Art movements such as Impressionism and Surrealism have influenced my approach, so too the work of contemporary artits such as Nancy Spero, and the "trans-avantguardia" artists: Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi and Sandro Chia, who's work I saw when I was working in New York in the 1980's.
Why should we visit your Studio?
There will be lots of paintings and unique drawings and a very quaint studio
What have you been doing so far in preparation for this year’s Open Studios?
A series of drawings reflecting upon images in the media recording current conflicts and a commision for a larger version of this oil sketch.
What can we expect from you from this year’s Open Studios?
Describe Jersey’s creative scene in 5 words…
Talented, imaginative, inventive, productive and original."
Anne will be opening her studio in St Helier during the East weekend of Open Studios, 2nd + 3rd July, 10:00-5:00PM. Check out her artist profile to find out details of where to find the studio and how to contact her about her work.