French artist Justine Bonvarlet delves deeply beyond the surface of our everyday world to find the profound meanings within the simplest of forms. In each of her paintings, Bonvarlet transforms the invisible into something visible and wholly recognizable in an outburst of color, line, and shape. For Bonvarlet, color is emotion, and her hues and tonalities convey a wide range of human experiences that are so often hidden and unexpressed in everyday life: everything from great sadness and anxiety, to expressions of grace, harmony, and pure joy.
The influence of such artists as Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, and Wassily Kandinsky is clear in Bonvarlet’s work. Her strong use of line and geometric forms is set against soft colorful pastel backgrounds. Neither abstract nor figurative, her compositions are oftentimes composed of sharp contrasts, juxtaposed light and shadow, and strong elements of emotive expressionism. At other times, shapes blend into the background, and hints of shadows and silhouettes add a haunting mystique to the overall effect.
Justine Bonvarlet currently lives and works in Paris, France.