Sophie Boullet

Sophie Boullet is a French artist, born in 1965 near Paris. She lives and works in Paris and the South West of France in the Basque Country. For about 20 years, she has painted dynamic and generous works that emphasize the basics: color and composition. Between abstraction and figuration, her approach is dominated by simplicity, spontaneity, and a search for balance and the expression of absolute « joie de vivre ».

Sophie Boullet
1965-

Pleine lune
2015
Oil on canvas
130 x 195 cm

Chahut
2012
Oil on canvas
100x100 cm

Sud
2015
Oil on canvas
150 x 150 cm

Attirance
2014
Oil on canvas
97 x 130 cm

Illusion
2010
Oil on canvas
120x120 cm

Fusion
2012
Oil on canvas
114x162 cm

Jaillissement
2012
Oil on canvas
140x140 cm

Bocage
2009
Oil on canvas
100x100 cm

Sophie Boullet

Sophie Boullet was born in the Paris region in 1965. She lives and works in Paris and the Basque Country. After studying at the Ecole du Louvre, she studied painting and portraiture in the workshops of Valérie Tertrais (1995-1998) and Jean Arcelin (2000-2004), then she worked under the guidance of the painter François Legrand (School of Etampes) in his Madrid studio (2005). For more than twenty years, she has been painting dynamic and generous works that emphasize the essential: color and composition. Between abstraction and figuration, her approach is dominated by simplicity, spontaneity, a search for balance and the expression of a joie de vivre.
At first attracted by the great portraitists (Frans Hals, Velasquez, Titian, Manet or Van Dongen admired for the power of his graphics and colors), Sophie Boullet also admits a fascination for the treatment of the Nabis (Maurice Denis, Paul Serusier and Edouard Vuillard). She likes to quote the slogan launched in 1890 by Maurice Denis, then twenty years old: “Remember that a picture, before being a battle horse, a naked woman, or some anecdote, is essentially a flat surface covered with colors assembled in a certain order. In the line of Nicolas de Staël, she displays a desire to paint expressive paintings from simple subjects that do not oppose figuration to abstraction but where the one and the other, used in concomitant variations, reveal the force of the subject. In her work she finds energy and treatment that bring her closer to contemporary artists Per Kirkeby (Danish) and Peter Doig (English).

Sophie Boullet creates her landscape painting by working from her own photographs gleaned randomly from her walks in nature. They serve as a reminder of sensations, they help recover an atmosphere or a feeling that triggers the gesture, an energetic stroke, fast, instinctive. Her first jet makes up the painting in solid colors. It seeks the balance of forms and dynamism of the whole. When the painting (always in oil) begins to dry, the real pleasure begins. She works with a knife with sensuality and softness. Her relation to painting is carnal. The artist admits “an enjoyment to scratch and to rework the matter”. This sensuality of the gesture on the canvas, combined with a vibrant sense of color, gives her works an energy and an almost palpable joie de vivre.