Bio & Statement
I paint from my own imagination and follow a feeling, an instinct.
Underlying my work, patterns of thoughts, emotions, and stories might be seen.
However my art is pure abstraction inspired by infinity.
Annie Clavel is a mixed media artist whose work has been exhibited in France and in the US.
She 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 Tunisia.
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.
She has had several solo exhibitions at Gallery 825, in Los Angeles, C Gallery on Broadway in Long Beach, OCCCA, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, LA Artcore in Los Angeles at The Loft in Paris. She has organized an Artists Exchange between Paris and Los Angeles, with LA Artcore.
Annie is chair of marketing and treasurer at OCCCA. She is an active member of Los Angeles Art Association - Gallery 825 and a board member of Women Painters West.
I paint from my own imagination and follow a feeling, an instinct. Underlying my work, patterns of thoughts, emotions, and stories might be seen. However my art is pure abstraction inspired by science.
My mixed media paintings combine a variety of nuanced colors, a multitude of diverse brush strokes and alternating textures. I build up layers, then subtract, add, partially cover, scratch and scrape the surface to create the effects I seek.
For my watercolor paintings on YUPO, I use moist watercolors in tube, I apply them directly on the surface, and then I pour a large amount of water. In this first layer the vivid colors mingle randomly together. Later on I add new layers with big splashes of watercolor and thin connecting lines.
These painting techniques bring me closer to the way I imagine the cosmos and the infinity in mathematics.