Xavier François

I have been drawing and painting as far back as I can remember with an immediate interest to realistic details such as gothic architecture and sweeping swaths of red taffeta. I have had only a few classes in drawing and painting. I love watercolors because I am working with water over which I rarely have any control and which constantly challenges me to adapt. Nothing can replace the brilliant luminosity of paper coming through successive washes of pigments subject to the rules of water and gravity that the artist carefully orchestrates, if he is even a little successful, into an atmospheric illusion of unparalleled clarity and enchantment. There are few second chances with watercolors to correct an error without losing your principle allies, the brilliant rough texture of white paper and the spontaneity of water at different levels of dampness. Those first few washes, splatters and accidents take on a life of their own and determine the direction and focus of the work.

Now I also like to use those fantastic 20th century oil pigments, Holbein Duo Aqua (on Arches Oil Paper,) simple, direct and non-toxic oils with the most singularly brilliant pigments first suggested by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to realize what they call “fantastic forgeries.”  Considering that as much as 25% of the Van Gogh catalogue is suspected forgeries, this is truly staying ahead of the curve, and introduced me to a very exiting medium inspired by an artist who said that we can never hope to copy nature, but that nature was in those precious pigments right out of the tube.

Lastly, with the advent of some spectacular artificial intelligence to replicate live, wet, moving watercolors or oils on an iPad Pro using such cutting edge long anticipated programs as Adobe Fresco, and Rebelle 3 on the iMac, I am having great personal success without ever leaving my comfort zone, the semblance of working with natural mediums.

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Xavier François
(323) 868-9659
Thierry753@yahoo.com

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Unbridled Tulips (Pride 2020) (2020)
Pure primary pigments in watercolor media to celebrate June Pride Month 2020 when we still had to shelter in place and could not go to any Carnival Parade in Long Beach, CA

Link to Unbridled Tulips (Pride 2020)

Sunflowers (2020)
Holbein Duo Aqua Oils on Arches Oil Watercolor Paper, 16 by 20 inch, primary pigments in a salute to Van Gogh.

Link to Sunflowers

Looking at You (2018)
22 by 30 inch Watercolor 300 lb Arches Watercolor paper in mostly Phthalo and Prussian Blues to celebrate our visitors here in Long Beach, CA, whale watching, and to emphasize that there are other sentient beings whose home we pollute without paying rent.

Link to Looking at You

Watercolor Exercise 2: Tea Time Glazing (2019)
Digital art simulating live watercolor using iPad Pro, iMac, Adobe Fresco and Rebelle 3.

Link to Watercolor Exercise 2: Tea Time Glazing

Twister (White Labrador with sand in his mouth) (2019)
Digital art "Animal Portrait" simulating live watercolor using iPad Pro, iMac, Adobe Fresco and Rebelle 3.

Link to Twister (White Labrador with sand in his mouth)

Watercolor Exercise 3: Copper Still Life (2019)
Digital art simulating live watercolor using iPad Pro, iMac, Adobe Fresco and Rebelle 3.

Link to Watercolor Exercise 3: Copper Still Life