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Deck of cards

My last work is a serie of 52 playing cards in watercolor & indian ink.

Playing with colors is a game for me, like playing cards. 
I let me go into colours, letting the feeling of the moment.
My paintings show the invisible emotions and expose the passage of time.
It is a refuge, a mere pretext.

A training period acting and making masks in Toscany led me come face to face with portrait’s drawing.
In paintings from the great Masters and while in the metro I looked at the eyes, the two eyes which are never the same, the nose, the mouth, the ears, the headdress… II chose the Indian ink for these portraits to allow me to affirm the gesture, nearly unequivocally.

An attempt to link the unsaid behind what is said...
Dark black without any nuance towards water colors,
Abstract to figurative.

Because I share my life between Paris and Chicago I made this deck of cards bilingual.

When exhibiting the original work, I want people to get a part of me, feeling peace and sharing a sensual and comfortable conversation like in a retreat, not far from real life.

The cards I painted is a franco-english 54 cards deck with 2 different patterns for the back.
Every card is an original watercolor and ink drawing. Limited edition to 250, numbered.
French & English speaking people can play together!

I had these Double/Bridge decks manufactured by the Cards specialist in France, so they are nice to play with...
Nice touch and flexibility.
300gr Corona cardboard, the decks are cellophane wrapped.

You may buy them here
They are available too at The French Playing Card Museum, at Musée la Piscine in Roubaix, at the shop Le bridgeur in Paris, etc...

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WHY I DREW A DECK OF CARDS

A little houseboat called "la maison flottante" had been remodeled by architects from Brittany and had become a residency for artists of the CNEAI (National Center of Art & Images print edition) which is on the island..
I saw that this little house was empty... and it made me dream...

To apply for a residency there, an artist had to propose an artwork project related to print. The idea of the deck of cards reappeared all of a sudden in my head and i applied for this floating house’s residency.

I didn’t get it but i did get the impetus to begin working with these cards... and I thank the CNEAI a lot for that ! I LIKE TO PLAY WITH COLORS TOO… Colors allow for an expression of feelings, things we can’t say, invisible emotions… 
I learned how to play with colors according to Paul Klee’s method. Making colored squares, I used these to begin the first cards and I chose the diamonds to initiate the project.
Then i searched for the shapes for the spades, the hearts and the clubs.
I wanted to practice the art of watercolor too. This time, I left gouache.
In an arbitrary framework, I let it go. "It is what is happening which becomes visible, » says Klee. 
Sometimes harmony is not merely revealing the passage of time similar to the playing of cards...
It is a refuge, a mere pretext. MEETING MASKS IN TOSCANY, with Matteo Destro, led me to come face to face with a portrait’s drawing.
Each clay head, according to the instructor, contained a plan for the structure of the face, so I began to search each face to discover the plan. In paintings and while in the metro, I looked at the eyes, the two eyes which are never the same, the nose, the mouth, the ears, the headdress.
Using the same watercolor brush, India ink as fluid as watercolor, allowed me to affirm the gesture, nearly unequivocally.
An attempt to link the unsaid behind what is said...
Dark black without any nuance towards water colors,
abstract to figurative.
This series required intensive work with the computer for these playing cards to come alive. You may buy a deck of cards
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