Bertrand Fournier (b. 1985) works and lives in France and has only practiced as an artist since 2017 but has achieved considerable success throughout Europe including solo exhibitions in Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands and England with his next solo set to open in February 2020 at PIERMARQ* Gallery Sydney Australia.
Fournier’s paintings involve a myriad of bright colours and simplified abstracted shapes organised across the canvas surface. Dancing between oil, chalk oil and gesso Fournier prefers to create works encapsulated by an overarching theme. The playful subject matter of Fournier’s various series range from ‘Childhood Memories’ the title of Fournier’s PIERMARQ* solo to ‘Golf Party’ the title and theme of his solo in Antwerp, Belgium. The symbolism and abstraction within his paintings are paired with cheeky titles offering clues to the unfamiliar shapes and compositions. From the subject matter, the titles and colours it’s hard to not feel incredibly joyful when viewing a Fournier painting.
“Daily Life is what inspires me, I try to exact the essence of things, how far we can simplify a thing while keeping its meaning. For this part of my work, I think that symbolism is the description that currently matches best.” – Bertrand Fournier