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Annette Poitau

Artist resume

French-born American painter Annette Poitau received her MFA with honors from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. She also studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. Aer showing her work extensively in France, she moved to the United States, where she currently works full time at her studio in Oberlin, Ohio. Her paintings are displayed in numerous private and public collections in the U.S., throughout Europe, and in Japan.

Artist statement

My relationship with the world has always been strongly visual. As a teenager, drawing and especially painting became natural ways for me to explore this relationship and express myself; making art became my best means to feel independent and to share my world with others.

My work is inspired by the organic forms, colors, and textures of nature, and the fluid geological processes that shape our environment.

My approach is rooted in improvisation and revision. I work with the canvas on the floor to have optimal control of the flow of my oil paint mixture. The painting evolves in layers, manifesting a dialogue between my emotions and the chemical reactions of the colors.

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