Biography of Clotilde Philipon
This contemporary artist worked for a long time as a textile designer before returning to painting. The return to art of Clotilde Philipon is undoubtedly due to her installation in the heart of Paul Cézanne’s landscapes, whose luminosity and colours she seeks to capture.
The choice of motifs was obvious to her: grandiose landscapes at any time of the day and in any season. Her desire is to put her emotions and enthusiasm into words.
The genesis of her creation comes from a colourful shock, poetry and sensitivity to a harmony of tone that upsets her, remains fixed in her and transforms her imagination.
Colour is her mode of expression. It is sometimes light, translucent, energetic, powerful, deep, diaphanous, but always poetic. The form, the line, the material, are pretexts, all at the service of a coloured harmony. Her Sainte-Victoire mountains and her calanques exacerbate the metamorphosis of landscapes according to the light: the yellow of midday or the orange of the evening.
Acrylic paint allows Clotilde Philipon to play with layers and undercoats. The paint is sometimes liquid or paste, opaque or translucent, embellished with pastel or ink. In her brush strokes, she works between the imaginary and the real. In her paintings, she tries to emphasize the word “feel”.
Clotilde Philipon’s painting is distinguished by the energy that emanates from it. The line is lively and efficient, the colour radiates and warms. Her frequent use of the straight line modifies our perception of the landscape and gives it a tonic modernity.