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Renewal series n°2

$349
Painting
One of a kind work
21 x 29 cm
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21 x 29 cm
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The "Renewal" series composed of 8 paintings talks about how we can find resources within ourselves to change, to evolve. It also talks about letting go, how to express the unknown and the known, feelings through the horse. It finally tells us that each moment is unique and even if the subject is the same, the experience will be too. "Everything starts from nothing, from a white or beige page, a pure blank space. Breaking that silence is nothing when the inner energy is there. It can cascade quickly. To unwrap everything at once, to empty, to spread what is present inside. It is often beautiful and fluid, joyful. Almost magical. The preparation is important, it conditions what comes out of it, what will happen. I now forget the technique already present in me. It's all there, I know how to do it. All you have to do now is to get started. To leave doubts and fears, to leave the unknown to the known, from the naked page to the intimate and familiar features. There are no more questions, only evidences. Each moment is then intense and unique because of the lived experience, the emotions and the present energy that I have in me. These horses are reborn each time with the same essence in a different body."

Acrylic, pastels & black chalk on natural shade paper.

Original painting in mixed media. Fixed with varnish.

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Benedicte Gele

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Le Chateau d'Oleron (17), France

147 works

Horses have always played a part in Bénédicte Gelé’s life. Born in 1975 and brought up in the Parisian suburbs, she had no prior history with horses. The animal remained a two-dimensional object in magazines or sometimes a figure in the background of a distant meadow when on holiday. However, an overwhelming fascination, an almost unexplainable attraction and a particular bewitchment encouraged her to strive and spend more and more time with these animals.

After obtaining a baccalaureate in Applied Arts and a further certificate in Visual Communication, she became a graphic designer and then artistic director. She then found a lively, clever little mare and started drawing horses with a quiet obsession. In 2004, her professional and equestrian lives seemed to merge with horses, of course, as the cornerstone.

The artist is just as drawn to the animal and to the act of drawing itself. The living form, with its curves and movement, reminds her of the nude studies during her school days. The body in its simplest form, as crude as the pencil stroke, the artist’s basic technique, grey or black, pure and powerful.

She does not paint for the myth or legend of the animal, or for its strength, even though she respects it all. Above all, she paints the physical, the sensual, a wave of primal emotion that the body provokes. She could have chosen a man or a woman, but horses have a cruder, more animalistic quality to their posture than humans do. Horses have a powerful, captivating presence, with their natural solidity.

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