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I was born in Paris where I lived until 1995 before moving to a small village in Normandy, in Calvados. I studied drawing at the Académie de la place des Vosges in Paris, together with data-processing management studies. I am also a pianist and cellist.
Music and painting have always been with me. Great - grandson of the impressionist painter Auguste Durst, and grandson of the illustrator André Durst, I have always lived surrounded by the works of my forefathers.
For the last ten of years I have devoted myself entirely to creative works. Self-taught in sculpture, I have developed a technique of working with textile and cement "dracim", of which you will find examples on the site.
As regards my painting that I have practised for more than thirty years, I have of course like most artists, studied the history of painting... Beginning by copying the great masters and the impressionists, with a penchant for Modigliani whose influence is still felt in my portraits, then abstract art in its many forms.
Today, in my series entitled "the world of Poucs", I use classical elements for the forms but I also use modern art textures, influenced by Pollock with his "pouring" or "drip technique", that I prefer to call "the Angel's share". This series on the theme of Shamanism is better suited to my spirit than traditional works.
In a style that one could categorize as "neoprimitive", it is a quasi therapeutic form of painting as it is happy, bouncy and mischievous! The graphic simplicity of its elements make a universal painting, accessible to all, understandable by all and interpretable by all, because things happen in these little pictures...
Thank you of your visit and perhaps see you soon.
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