Annie Clavel

In my paintings I explore the duality between my scientific perception and my creative life. I am both a mathematician and a painter. I imagine mathematical theories in color, shapes, light and movement. Theories are worlds where I like to wander, inventing moments, emotions and stories. 

My textured and colorful surfaces depict universes driven by quantum mechanics or mathematical concepts.

My scientific mind copes with theory and knowledge, complexity and simplicity, randomness and predictability while my emotional self translates my feelings, reactions and visions. I let my instinct and intuition guide my work to capture parallel moments of time, advancing each work towards a personal resolution.

My mixed media paintings combine a variety of nuanced colors, a multitude of diverse brush strokes and alternating textures. I build up layers in acrylic paint and paper or fabric, then subtract, add, partially cover, scratch and scrape the surface to create the effects I seek. In contrast to this strenuous practice, my watercolor paintings are swift sketches full of immediacy and energy. The fluidity and randomness of this medium allows me to paint my instant mood.

Elements of modernism, abstract expressionism and contemporary abstraction influence my paintings. I look to the work of Gerhard Richter, Sam Francis, František Kupka, Matisse, Franz Marc,and Zao Wou Ki.

Annie Clavel


Annie Clavel grew up in Paris, France, where she studied mathematics and computer science. She gained a Master's degree in both subjects and taught them at schools throughout France and Tunis

She traveled and lived in Tunisia, Germany and France with her husband and three children. Many of her earlier works portray an expression of realism seen in the day to day life of people, nature and culture of each country.

She moved from France to Long Beach, California, in 2006. Once in the US, she created Les Jolis Trésors Art Gallery in Long Beach and managed it from 2009 to 2014, curating exhibitions, moderating art talks, and teaching art.
Ms. Clavel has had several solo exhibitions with C Gallery on Broadway in Long Beach and OCCCA, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana. In 2018 she has organized an Artists Exchange between Paris and Los Angeles with LA Artcore.
She has had numerous galleries and University group exhibitions of her artworks in Paris and in Southern California. Galleries include: LA Artcore, South Bay Contemporary, Gallery 825, bG Gallery, Palos Verdes Art Center, The Torrance Art Museum.