PICTURES. The animals in Kenya colored by Lise Vurpillot, painter from Haut-Doubs

For many years, the artist has painted wildlife in his paintings. Whether it is locally or on the podcasts of his domestic Franche-Comté. His style, his brushstrokes and his explosive colors make his painting unique. She exhibits in Besançon until the end of July.

Looking at a canvas by artist Lise Vurpillot is like immersing yourself in a bath of colors and sensations. In such a difficult period, where stress and worries about tomorrow are our daily lot, his painting is like a “shot” of well-being and optimism. She will be exhibiting her paintings at the Galerie Médicis in Besançon until July 30, 2022.

The young woman is from the village of Fourgs in Haut-Doubs. The attraction to graphic art showed itself very quickly and guided his studies. After graduating with a degree in illustration and comics, Lise Vurpillot came to the very prestigious school Emile Cohl In Lyon. Two elements will then appear inseparable from his painting: animal and color.

For several years, Lise Vurpillot was inspired by the animals of the Besançon Citadel Zoo to learn to sketch their features and capture their attitudes and appearance. In love with freedom and large open spaces, she asks a naturalist-photographer friend for advice on exploring wildlife and African animals in their natural surroundings. In July 2021, it’s finally the big trip to Kenya for her.

In the midst of a pandemic, the artist finds himself almost alone with his Maasai guides. “I learned a lot with the animals in the citadel, but I needed to see these animals in freedom. As soon as I arrived in Kenya, it was very strongly emotional. The grandeur of the landscapes, animals in total freedom without any human presence, it was a unique moment for me. I had the feeling of finding myself at the origin of the world “, tells Lise.

This first trip was not just for the artist an encounter with Kenya’s wildlife. It was also a very cozy human encounter. Tembo by Jackson is the only camp in the middle of the reserve run by a Masai. “Jackson Naurori, who usually welcomes animal photographers, has put everything in place so I can discover his country as best I can with my pencils and my sketchbooks. I tried to learn a few words of their language and to immerse myself in their culture to feel in common with the place ”.

As soon as she returned from Massaï Mara, the painter immersed himself in his memories and his sketchbooks to begin the creation of his paintings. With each of its gestures, brushstrokes, the animal takes shape. Deep in thought, the artist gives birth to his elephant and it turns blue.

Lise Vurpillot has always had an appeal to colors. “I think I have a good eye for it and it has somehow become my trademark. I paint with complementary colors. This gives an architecture, a construction of colors in relation to each other and expresses a balance “explains the painter in front of his paintings.

This is the third time that Alberto Brito has exhibited the works of the Franche-Comté artist, and the success is always there. “His painting is good. I love the slightly pop color of his paintings. Everything is spontaneous and very simple” launches the head of Galerie Médicis.

He also finds this simplicity in the painter. “Lise is as simple, spontaneous as her brushwork can be. A little intangible and shy at first, you have to give her confidence. It’s a very pleasant meeting for me and those who like the gallery.” says Alberto.

For Alberto Brito, these ferocious beasts should inspire fear, but they evoke a completely different feeling in him. “When I see the appearance of African animals painted by Lise, I feel no aggression, but on the contrary a lot of tenderness. The gaze of the animal is for me the key to his painting. He is peaceful and kind. “ says the gallery owner.

When she exhibits at various galleries in France or Switzerland, Lise Vurpillot does not leave the visitor indifferent. His gaze seems captured by this trip to the land of the beast. Everything is done to surprise. The beast, which usually mixes in the tones of the savannah to better surprise its prey, then turns into an explosion of color palettes to better surprise those who consider it.

Sébastien has followed Lise Vurpillot for several years. As soon as he was told that she was exhibiting again in Besançon, he hurried to come and see her new paintings. “I really like his painting. I discovered her during her exhibition at the Citadel in Besançon entitled Regard animal. Basically, I like animal portraits, and what she paints touches me. This explosion of colors really lifts the heart in this difficult time “ leaves this visitor.

Exceptionally, Lise abandons the color for a more intimate painting. She then explores all the gray palettes. If this can confuse the visitor, these few black-and-white works originate from a bet with a gallery owner of Megeve on its ability to convey just as many emotions without color. And it works fully.

About twenty paintings are proposed in this trip to Masai country. They express all a mixture of strength and softness in an overflow of colors.

At the request of Alberto Brito from the Médicis Gallery, Lise traveled to Kenya for the second time to the Tembo by Jackson camp. Located in full savannah, in the middle of lions, elephants and wildebeest, it is the only camp run by one Masai, Jackson Naurori. The opportunity for the artist to immerse himself as closely as possible in the culture and colors of this people.

Throughout this second trip, the painter sought to become integrated into the community in order to better understand the emaciated faces, the colorful outfits, and their warrior hire.

The colors of the traditional Masai outfits blend beautifully with the artist’s vibrant paint. During his journey, the painter even had the pleasure of participating in an integration ritual. “It was a great feeling for me to be able to put on their festive clothes. The women gave me multicolored clothes and jewelry. I felt that nature and the Masai gave me a huge gift “betror Lise.

You have until July 30, 2022 to come and discover the paintings of Lise Vurpillot in Besançon. Medici Gallery, 9th place Victor Hugo.

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