Cathie Hubert - Contemporary Artist and writer
Director: Ashdown Gallery
Founder: “Les éditions du Frêne bleu” publishing company
I come from the South of France. It all started then. Or rather when I was four, sitting on the sand by a rock pool in Brittany where I have a house, immersed in the colors, sounds, smells of the sea.
Seduced by colour, I perceive the world accordingly.
I use bright vibrant colors, to express the feelings I experience when I look at the world. I have to represent nature in the most intense manner possible.
I work intuitively and instinctively. My palette is blazing and intense, with vibrant hues inspired by my childhood on the Brittany beaches and my life in the south of France. I like to walk the line between abstraction and representation. To me, form is an excuse to experiment with color.
I enjoy painting directly on canvas, paper , wood or boards. I usually do a sketch then start with colors.
My inspiration comes from my surroundings , I live in the Ashdown Forest and enjoy walking early mornings in the forest and meadows . I love birds, flowers, bugs, rivers, trees and lovely fields wild flowers... I enjoy experimenting with different mediums and supports. I am currently working with watercolours gouache and Acrylics. I also love the sea and anything in the natural world .
I also find great inspiration in music and the opera, experimenting on the relationship between music, the voice, poetry and art, I use texts, mixed media, watercolors, trying to find or rather sense, discover, explore, meaningful bridges between the Arts.
So I work successively in all those areas depending on what I feel and need to do.
My influences are Derain and the Fauvists, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cezanne, the Expressionists, Matisse, Nicolas de Stael, “ Les peintres de la Marine” in France, Chagall, Raphael and Emile Nolde, the pre Raphaelites and many other modern artists.
About her paintings... “ Alive, animated, colourful, dynamic, electrifying, sensitive, sparkling, spirited, vivacious, vivid..”
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