Laurence Saunois

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Laurence Saunois

ARC Associate Living Master TM

15 artworks

French

Born 1966

http://www.laurencesaunois.net/

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Each Other

Oil on board

100 x 160 cms | 39 1/4 x 62 3/4 ins

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Esperanto

Oil on canvas

80 x 100 cms | 31 1/4 x 39 1/4 ins

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Good Morning

oil on wood

30 x 30 cms | 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 ins

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I have a dream

Charcoal on paper

70 x 50 cms | 27 1/2 x 19 1/2 ins

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I love, I trust

Oil on canvas

130 x 230 cms | 51 x 90 1/2 ins

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La vie en rose

Oil on canvas

70 x 50 cms | 27 1/2 x 19 1/2 ins

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L'arrivée du printemps (spring's coming)

Oil on wood

30 x 40 cms | 11 3/4 x 15 1/2 ins

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Le Bain

The bath

Oil on wood

60 x 80 x 1 cms | 23 1/2 x 31 1/4 x 0 1/4 ins

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On the beach abandonned

Oil on board

40 x 83 cms | 15 1/2 x 32 1/2 ins

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Ordinary Wildlife

Oil on american board

30 x 40 cms | 11 3/4 x 15 1/2 ins

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Self-taught, my love of art and passion for discovery gave rise to what I am today, an artist.

My path is often fraught with doubts, hopes, failures or successes. Creating brings me much joy, but it is nothing compared to the joy of giving happiness and causing an emotional response in the viewer. Above all, the goal of art is to provoke emotions.

 

"I was born near Paris, but I went regularly to spend school holidays on my grandfather's small farm in the southwest of France, in Figeac...As I child I stood in admiration of artists such as Ingres, Gericault, Durer, and Da Vinci.  I tried to reproduce their works in an instinctive way because I had never taken formal drawing lessons. I spent hours at a time drawing.

I wanted to go to the School of Fine Arts of Paris. My artistic portfolio earned me acceptance, but unfortunately, as I wasn't yet 18 years old, I was not allowed entrance.  Very disappointed, I totally gave up drawing in pencil because, during this period, I didn't paint, I only drew.  I continued secretary studies and worked at various companies in Paris before establishing my own company.

When I was 28 years old, a friend offered me a gift of oil paints and a stack of canvas.  It was a revelation.  I discovered colors, matter and lighting effects.  I knew nothing about artistic techniques but I instinctively knew how to approach a subject because of my drawing.  It was cathartic and I wanted to try every painting technique.  As I experimented, I felt like a child discovering new gifts under the Christmas tree.  I developed my own technique and way of working.

In 2003, while participating in an animal exhbition near Figeac, I had the idea that I wanted to become exclusiviely an animal artist.  Five years laters, I started focusing on animals in my work as a painter, sculptor and photographer.

I find that it is really very important for an animal artist to get involved in nature conservation. In 2010, I helped create an an enviromental association called Lou Pais Environment because sometimes, grave problems connected to the environment are just beyond our front door. To fight for nature conservation and biodiversity is really the challenge of everybody, all of us, together.  For the Earth to endure, we must find a reason to have hope in the future."

- exacts from the Wildlife Art Journall, 2011. 

 

EXHIBITIONS :

U.S.A 

- Birds in Art - Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in 2014 – 2016 - 2017 (National Tour Exhibition 2018-2019 : The Chicago Academy of Sciences, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, ​Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, Connecticut, Cumming Nature Center, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Naples, New York, Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York,​ Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, New Mexico),  (Albany Museum of Art, Appleton Museum of Art - Ocala - Florida, The R.W. Norton Art Gallery - Sheveport - Louisiana),

- SAA Art and the National Animal Tour – 2011-2012 (Pinninsula Fine Art Center - Newport News – VA,  Appleton Museum of ArtOcala – Florida, Dennos Museum Center - Traverse City – MI),

- SAA Art and the Animal National Tour – 2010 (Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute - Tucson - Co – Arizona, Green Acres Art Center - Cincinnati – Ohio, The wildlife Experience - Parker - Colorado - Arizona - Art and the Animal national Tour - 2009-2010-2011),

- SAA Art and the National Animal Tour – 2009 (Cultura Arts Council of Estes Parl Fine Art Gallery - Estes Park – Co, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts - San Angelo – TX, The Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure Salina – Kansas, Dunnegan Gallery of Art Bolivar MO),

- SAA Art and the Animal 2008 The Neville Public Museum - Green Bay – Wisconsin,

- Small Works, Big Impressions - The Wildlife Experience Museum - Parker - Colorado – 2007,

- Art of the Animal Kingdom - Bennington Center for the Art Museum - Vermont - 2006-2008 

FRANCE : 

- Salon of French Artists - Grand Palais - Art capital - Paris, 

- Exhibition of drawing, painting with water - Grand Palais - Art capital - Paris,  Auction

- Musée François Pompon, National Salon of artists Animalists - Bry sur Marne – 2005 -2006 – 2014 -2015 -2017, 

- Paris Eiffel Jumping - Champs de Mars - Paris, 

- Grand Marche d'Art Contemporain - Bastille - Paris 2013, 

- Equestria - equestrian - creation Tarbes Festival, 

- Salon du Cheval - World Championship of Arabian horses - Paris, 

- Festival of the bird and Nature - Baie de Somme - Abbeville, Salon des Artistes naturalistes

- Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle of Bordeaux - 2010, 

- International Festival of Animal Art in country of Eygurande - 2004-2006-2008-2010-2012-2014-2016 

ENGLAND : 

- David Shepherd Wildlide Artist of the Year - Mall Gallery - London - 2016, 

- BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year - Londres - 2009 - 2010 - 2013, 

- Marwell International Wildlife Art Society 2008 - 2009, Art for Survival

- David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation- Mall Gallery - Londres - 2007 - 2009, 

- Explorers Against Extinction - Royal Geographical Society - London 2017 

RUSSIA : Golden Turtle 2014, 2015 – Moscow 

AUSTRALIA : Cardinia International Grand Art - Exhibition - Melbourne 2015, Bendigo Rotary Easter Art Show - Strathdale - Victoria 2015 

JAPAN : Nikko - Tokyo - 2008, Musée des Beaux Arts - Okinawa - 2008, Temple Amagasaki - Osaka - 2008

 USA :

Art Renewal Center 

- 2017/2018 ARC Salon - "Animal Category" - Honorable Mention & Finaliste
- 2014/2015 ARC Salon - ARC Staff Award
- 2014/2015 ARC Salon - "Style Life Catégory" - Finaliste
- 2013/2014 ARC Salon - "Animal Category" - Third Place winner
- 2013/2014 ARC Salon - "Animal Category" - Finaliste
​ The Artist Magazine
 . 34 th Annual Art Competition 2017 - "Wildlife" - Finalist
 . 31 th Annual Art Competition 2014 - "Wildlife" - Finalist
 Southwest Art Magazine
 . Artistic Excellence Competition 2017 - Honorable Mention
 . Artistic Excellence Competition 2013 - Honorable Mention
 International Artist Magazine 
 . Challenge 2017 - "Seascapes, rivers & Lakes" - Finalist
 . Award 2017 - "Animal Category" - Finalist
 . Award 2014 - "Style life Category" - Finalist
France : 
- Bronze medal - Salon des Artistes Français - Grand Palais - Paris
England :
- BBC wildlife Artist of the Year 2010 - 1st Place International Artist

Lovetts Galleries - Tulsa - USA

16 December 2017 to 14 January 2019

Birds in Art National Tour Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum - Exhibition