A Bicultural Palette: les artistes franco-américains
from June 21 to July 21, 2006
Mona Bismarck Foundation
34 avenue de New York, 75116 Paris
With every move, whether changing apartments or countries, Leslie
Greene's artwork has shifted too. Reflecting her life's ebbs and
flows, the consistent element linking all her work is the subliminal
intuitive approach that gives voice to her inner life and energy.
Gypsy, her grandmother, called her and thus she has been moving
between continents most her life. These movements have inspired
a painting style that is abstract and concerned with inner body
sensations, dreams, light impressions and thought processes. This
is painting that is spontaneous and explorative. This is where
she is now.
Image shown: Condensation
Judith Bledsoe came one day from mythical New Orleans, understanding
that her artistic ambitions were wider than the country of her
childhood. Paris grabs her, ushers her behind the doors where
graphic art reveals itself, from wild oil painting to smashing
acrylic or audacious collage. Judith breathes art in her own world:
Paris passersby, her cat, sneaking out the house. She has the
eyes of a child filled with wonder by the richness of what she
sees, inexhaustible creation that she transforms into paintings,
engravings, lithographs or collages. Paris embraced Judith Bledsoe.
Tel: 01 43 22 40 46
Image shown: Les Mystères de la Discontinuité
Michele Debuisne, a Canadian-American, grew up in the U.S. and
moved to Paris fifteen years ago. Married, and mother of two children,
she has been teaching art at Marymount School for fifteen years.
Working with children has always allowed her to keep a fresh perspective
in her own art work. More recently, moving out to the Paris countryside
has inspired Michele to look more closely at nature and grow a
garden of her own. Flowers, leaves, plants and the simple yet
complex design within them motivated her to painting a triptych
of capucine flowers and their leaves.
Tel: 01 30 90 60 94
Image shown: Claude's Iris
Kim Powell reveals the textures, colors and patterns of flowers
as each blossom draws one's attention to their secret landscape.
Inspired by the work of Georgia O'Keefe and Claude Monet's garden
at Giverny, she strives to express the feeling at the moment the
shutter clicks. The unique combination of the brilliance of colors
combined with the movement created by a slight breeze, gives one
a sense of peace and extreme joy at having an intimate encounter
with a world that is so easily over looked by others.
Tel: 06 13 92 73 66
Image shown: Joy
The nudes and landscapes of Mark Goodman are a celebration of
color. He has exhibited extensively in Europe and the States.
He has had one man exhibitions at DFN Gallery, New York; the Centre
Culturel Robert Desnos, Ris Orangis; the Galerie Espace Deauville,
the Galerie Platine, Paris, among others. His work hangs in the
Musee d'art et d'histoire contemporaines, Hotel des Invalides,
Paris and is in many private collections. In the words of Samuel
Fuller, "Plus je suis pris par le travail de Mark Goodman,
plus m'envoûtent chaque tourbillon, chaque tache, chaque
touche de son pinceau..."
Tel: 01 42 77 23 15
Image shown: Femme à la robe blanche
Janine Wesselmann is known worldwide for her compelling, brilliant,
and humorous portrayals of European and American social life.
A graduate of Cornell University, she paints throughout Europe,
Africa, Asia, and North and South America, capturing vanishing
ways of life with a sensual palette and elegant compositions.
She was awarded the accolade of Outstanding Contribution to the
Arts, Award for Leadership in the Arts, and inclusion in Who's
Who in the World, Who's Who in America, and 2000 Notable American
Women. She carries the endorsement of the Governor of Connecticut
for her cultural contributions to Europe.
Tel: (203) 794 1407
Image shown: Yankee Parade
Jan Olsson is an American painter and printmaker, born in Boulder,
Colorado. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing
at the University of Arizona. In 1987, as Professor of Fine Arts
at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, she was awarded a Professional
Fellowship in Painting from the Virginia Museum. Her first visit
to France was in 1982. From 1987 to 1989 she worked at the Cité
Internationale des Arts. Afterwards she settled permanently into
her Paris studio at La Ruche. Jan Olsson has been exhibiting her
work in Europe and the United States for 20 years.
Tel: 01 44 26 06 18
Image shown: Arbre d'Hiver N°3
Born in Oslo the 12th of March, the coldest day man ever could
remember, with a pencil in her hand which she later on used on
desks and tables around Europe in various universities and art
schools: Uppsala, Hamburg, London, even Cairo. Since childhood
she always came back to Paris and today has a big atelier in Lafayette's
wine cellar. With her European background, fascinated by Scandinavian
art and inspired by different American art periods, she feels
very cosmopolitan. She has had several important exhibitions and
her works are mostly in private collections all over the world.
Image shown: Europe 1
Lindsey de Ovies
Lindsey de Ovies has been observing the world through Franco-American
bifocals for almost 20 years. Decidedly refracted by this bicultural
perspective, her work humorously questions all things conventional:
commitment/responsibility, social integration, stereotype/identity,
and all stages of maturing (birth, youth, marriage, family, mid-life,
the randomness of death and beyond).
Tel: 06 80 60 57 99
Image shown: Miss America
Mary Villon de Benveniste
Mary Villon de Benveniste has built her reputation on both sides
of the Atlantic. She graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University,
College of Fine Arts. Among her works are portraits of President
and Mrs. George H. W. Bush, the Reverend Earnest Hunt, Dean of
the American Cathedral in Paris, Ambassador Pamela Harriman, Mayor
B. J. Webb, Mrs. Mary Lou Davis, and the prominent surgeon, Dr.
Deckle Taylor. At this time, she is working on a portrait of former
First Lady, Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson, and will soon begin a portrait
of work on Mrs. Willemina Holliday, founder and director of the
National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Tel: 014267 2674
Image shown: Family Portrait
Catherine Johnson Jullian
After initial studies in fine arts and art history, she left the
creative impulse aside until a few years ago when it just all
came back. She works in a figurative style in oil, acrylic and
pastel, her subjects of predilection being people engaged in ordinary
activities. She has exhibited in Paris, the western suburbs and
Tel: 06 87 26 52 39
Image shown: Garden Party chez Mena
Aviva Brooks Kruger
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Aviva came to Paris 16 years
ago with a cigar box full of oil paints. With no real formal training,
what started out as a hobby has now become her passion. Aviva's
paintings are inspired by Hopper and Hockney. She captures a moment
of everyday life and magnifies it: a transplanted American who
appeases her mal du pays by depicting scenes of her home country,
urban architecture and people on the street.
When the legend is greater than the truth, print the legend.
- Maxwell Scott
Tel: 06 08 41 07 85
Image shown: Salinas
Born Troy, NY, 1935, attended Emma Willard School, B.A '56 Brown
U. MFA '59 Yale U. Lives, works in Paris since '59. From 1980
group shows: Paris, France, international. Solo shows: Paris,
Chartres, Maubeuge, Zurich, Jerusalem, Luxembourg. Committee member
of Le Trait, La Taille et le Crayon; member XYLON-France. Prints
edited by print associations; articles, prints reproduced in periodicals
and books. Recent awards: Prix Hasegawa, Fondation Taylor, 2003,
Prix de la Gravure, Paul-Louis Weiller, Institut de France 2006.
Catalogue raisonné of prints (1959-2005) to be published
Tel: 01 70 08 46 19
Image shown: Hérrison
The presence of the classical world and the Renaissance reinterpretation
of it that one finds throughout Europe is what impressed him most
upon his arrival in France. Working with the same techniques and
materials, he has tried to enter into this tradition while retaining
his American culture... Confronted by the terrible realities of
our world, he has endeavored to make visible the transformations
that time and history have forced upon us. Jonathan's hope is
that by representing the inescapable, one is able to better live
with the tragic aspects of our modern world. Truth and beauty,
so often hidden or forgotten, should be the redeeming features
of human life. The search for these two ideals motivate his work.
Tel: 01 46 63 31 83 / 06 85 74 59 31
Image shown: Statesman, Horseman, Warrior
Patrick Loughran was born in 1948 in Bethlehem, PA and has been
living and working in Paris since 1991. He has degrees in political
science and fine arts from Columbia University in New York City,
and teaches at ENSA Limoges-Aubusson and at the Ecole Municipale
des Beaux-Arts in Châteauroux. A few recent exhibitions:
2005 The Museum of French Ceramics in Fuping, China. 2004 "Biennale
d'art Contemporain", L'atelier, Mitry-Mory. 2003 "Fragile"
The Museum of Fine Arts, Reims; "Miscellanea", MACC
Fresnes. 2002 "Solo Show", The Museum of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux.
2001 "About Clay", Galerie Corinne Caminade, Paris;
"Ordered Chaos", Galeries du Rutebeuf, Clichy
Tel: 01 40 09 74 08
Image shown: Tes Yeux
Keith Long was born in Chicago in 1940. He lives and works in
New York and Paris, and currently exhibits with OK Harris Gallery
in NYC and Galerie Lélia Mordoch in Paris. His constructed
wall-relief sculptures, which combine natural and man-made forms
into abstract, biologically symmetrical compositions, are often
constructed from the discards of contemporary culture, which are
incorporated into the construct and perceived in a formistic way,
though they often retain a recognizable original character. These
works have a totemic, icon-like presence, and are sometimes humorous
and often brooding.
Tel: 01 48 05 10 46
Image shown: Ready to Wear
Born in Toronto, Canada in 1959, Marie-Louise is an independent
artist specializing in oil paintings. She has studied, received
scholarships and has paintings in private collections in Japan,
Canada, USA, Italy and France. Her one-woman shows include the
Mairie de Paris, Société Générale,
McCann Erickson in France; the Alliance Française, Koffler
Gallery, Heliconian Club, Elmwood Club in Canada; Fortnum and
Mason, Dartmouth House in London. With participation in numerous
group exhibitions, Marie-Louise has also completed International
poster commissions for film, symphony and jazz festivals.
Tel: 01 53 69 09 21
Image shown: Tea Time
Tim Mellage, presently living in Paris, started sculpting in the
late 80s while living in Boston. The sculptures on display here
have been produced in the spirit that Tim refers to as postformalism.
Postformalism refers to an increasing number of contemporary artists
whose creativity and originality have not been shaped by the learned
responses of a formal training. For Postformalists there are no
rules or guidelines in art making as there were in the past, thus
allowing the elements of traditional formalism that surround us
to be reworked and reinterpreted to produce new, fresh art-forms.
Tel: 06 80 83 31 19
Image shown: Radiator, detail
Karen Archer, an American painter, illustrator and author, has
lived in Paris for over 25 years. She has taken part in several
group exhibitions presenting both works for children's books and
oil paintings and mixed media. She has written and illustrated
six children's books in French and in English which still await
a happy home with a publisher.
Tel: 01 42 21 32 06
Image shown: The Other Side of the Mirror
From the gothic cathedrals of France to the modern "Babels"
of the American cities, a tower has always fulfilled the desire
of humans to rise up to be in higher place. A tower is a gesture
of hope. It creates the desire to see the world below differently.
They offer an utopian vision that allows a poetic opposite to
the mercantile demands of today's world, which is the challenge
that the artist addresses to his fellow citizens. Finally, they
remind us, in their positive form, that the world is rebuilt every
Tel: 01 43 40 71 45
Image shown: Urban Dream
Felice (Phil) Panagrosso has painted and studied in Paris for
the past four and a half years. In his landscapes and cityscapes
he strives to capture a sense of place and time without depicting
recognizable landmarks. All of his landscapes in this exposition
have been executed en plein aire.
Felice has studied painting at the Lyme Academy in Connecticut,
and at Parsons Paris. He has recently moved to Brooklyn, New York,
to pursue a Master's Degree at the New York Academy of Art.
Tel: (718) 938-8863
Image shown: Reading
"Les Mouettes" in Binic is still in the family and Harriet
continued to paint there until the early 90's when her eyesight
began to fail. The watercolors and oil paintings marked by Harriet's
firm hand and discerning vision as well as her passionate love
of the place: the ever changing view, her son Charles "the
fisherman" crossing the port, the garden path, the open window.
Image shown: Binic Lighthouse, 1982
Joan Neuhof Muller
Born in NYC, Joan began her art studies at Tyler Art School in
Philadelphia and then with Hans Hoffman in NY. She participated
in her first group show in 1949 in New York City. Joan arrived
in Paris in 1950 and was helped and influenced by Germaine Richier
and Giacometti and began exhibiting in 1952 in the Salon de Mai.
Since then, she has participated in numerous exhibitions and art
fairs, notably in Basel and Stockholm, along with galleries in
the US and France. Joan's work is included in private collections
in France, Germany, Sweden, England and the US.
Tel: 01 43 31 92 61
Image shown: Fleur de Desert
Nanci Boivin Rivière
After graduating from the University of Florida, Nanci worked
as an interior designer. In 76, she left for Paris where she studied
fashion drawing. In evening courses, she discovered how to work
with clay and it was just a question of time before sculpting
marble and limestone. In 1998, she organized an outdoor sculpture
exhibition which turned into what has become one of the first
groups of women sculptors in Paris with their own workroom and
calendar of events. Nanci returned to Paris this past October
from New York where she presented her latest installation at Columbia
Tel: 01 47 22 11 82
Image shown: Flamme
A Bicultural Palette: les artistes franco-américains
from June 21 to July 21, 2006
Mona Bismarck Foundation
34 avenue de New York, 75116 Paris
Days and opening hours:
From Tuesday to Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on weekends and holidays
Telephone: 01 47 23 38 88
Metro: Alma-Marceau, Trocadéro
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