Salomé de Fontainieu

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La fuite – 2019
Oil on canvas
100 x 162 cm / 39.4 x 63.8 in.
Signed ‘Salomé de Fontainieu’,
titled ‘la fuite’ and dated on the reverse


Salomé de Fontainieu was born in 1973 in Paris. In 1997, she trained at the CEMR (European Centre for Restoration Crafts) in Venice, where she conducted experiments on the colouring of concrete.

Self-taught, passionate and versatile, she expresses herself as well through collage, ink, oil, sculpture and furniture. Her pictorial work is thus articulated around several formal axes.

For Inks, the artist uses a metal pen fixed on a long stick to draw vertical lines at a distance on paper. These parallel lines and the random spaces that separate them, give rhythm and musicality to all the paintings. There are also drips, stains and other “accidents” that animate these landscapes as well as the movements of an ongoing thought. Thus, a linear space develops before our eyes, punctuated by solid and empty spaces. The musicality and lyricism of the gesture shine through the canvas and maintain affinities between the traces of Indian ink.

Regarding the “Collages”, the artist sets up a plastic language in the form of flat areas of paint on cardboard. The cutting that follows this first gesture and the positioning of these modules lead to an exact balance. This process of occupying a chosen space is accompanied by a set of correspondences between the different colours. The cut material is then put into perspective and highlighted. As with the Inks, this architecture stems from a superposition that contributes to the depth of the painting. These works can be thought of, in a way, as static sculptures.

Collective exhibitions

Collective exhibitions

2014 The Salon, Galerie Diane de Polignac, New York.
2013 Manufacture des Gobelins, Paris.
2013 Galerie Homer de Richard Mishaan, New York.
2013 The Salon, Galerie Diane de Polignac, New York.
2013 Masterpiece, Galerie Diane de polignac, London.
2008 Salon du design, le VIA, Milan

Personal exhibition

Personal exhibition

2007 Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Paris.