Trained at the Ecole d’Art Martenot in Paris and winner of numerous exhibitions prizes in France and abroad, most of Marie de Valon’s work finds its source in Nature and its philosophy of life.
Inspired by her many stays in Florence, Marie de Valon expresses the richness of the Tuscan countryside in her early works.
In her sculptures, Marie de Valon exalts her exhilaration about living; the bodies in curled-up volumes seem to be waiting for the hand that will fondle them. Her deeply human art moves us, reconciles us with Reality.
Marie de Valon’s abstract painting is a subtle journey that starts from Reality. Marie de Valon combines a gesture of tradition with contemporary creation. A dialogue takes place between matter and gestures to give form to emotion.
Her paintings show fragments of experience, moments of her history of which she offers a trace…
Marie de Valon is straightforward, she opens up without fear, and lives her painting as she is: passionate, open to all questions, to the mysterious part of each moment…
” I’m celebrating every time I pass the threshold of my studio : … to layer colors, flat tints, glazing, collages; … to sand, scrape, cut out space; …to play by respecting the instructions of the rules I have assigned to myself : care, heart and rigor. “
Marie opens up without fear.
In this recent interview, Marie de Valon talks about her artistic life from her studio in Visan, a small village in Provence, France.
Discover her work and her reflections on art.
The Life of The World In Metamorphosis
Marie de Valon’s paintings and sculptures embody the life of the world in metamorphosis, that of bodies and souls. The artist represents the movement of being, in the alternation of doubts and tranquility, that of nature in the variation of the seasons, finding shapes and colors, modulating the intensities of tones. She found her writing of life, in the truth of contradictions.
The world is vast, the recesses of the human soul unfathomable, but the artist’s intuition can, through the intensity of her perception, of her patient or impatient exploration, pull her out of confusion, and tell her interior journey through shapes, colors that are specific to it.
Beautiful, intense, the tree trunk retained in its solid column truth of a reddish brown where black writings are inscribed. The marks of passing time do not alter the strength and majesty. The spirit of the artist seems perfectly tuned to this sign of nature that she has chosen and painted.
In terracotta or bronze, the artist’s sculptures magnify the body and feelings. Marie de Valon looks, questions the nature of which man is the essential living thing. She restores balance in her work by bringing man closer to his environment, showing through shapes and colors the interferences, the resemblances. She feels part of a single, and same family, that of the living which throbs with feelings, emotions, sap and blood, rooting, uprooting, shadow and light.
Nicole de PONTCHARRA