Fabienne Monestier

Fabienne Monestier

Vouvray, Centre, France

About Fabienne Monestier

I was born in 1962.
I'm a professional artist, based in France.in the Loire Valley.

I live and work in Vouvray, (land of good white wines, sparkling or still, dry or sweet) in Touraine, in a very pretty troglodyte dwelling, typical of the Loire Valley.

I studied Fine Arts at the Institute of Visual Arts in Orleans where I entered with a file of floral illustrations for fabrics and an experimental feature film in video.

Finally, I studied printmaking, experimental cinema, and photography.
But what I liked best, in cinema, was drawing storyboards!
I obtained High School Art Diploma (DNSEP, equivalent to a Master's degree) in 1989.

As I student in Fine Arts, I started studying lyrical singing at the Orléans Conservatory, right next to the IAV. I had studied solfège and piano as a child, which made it easier for me to resume my musical studies later on!
I spent some time in harmony and composition classes, but I soon realised that music as a composer would not be my means of expression.
In 1991, on the advice of my singing teacher, I had an audition at the Tours Opera House, and I was hired in the Professional Choir where I still sing!

I am a gourmand of pictorial techniques and subjects.
Everything is likely to interest me one day. The human figure, landscapes, seascapes, forests, and now, flowers.

Schematically, to sum up, after having done very dark and serious works in my youth, the more I advance in life, the more I find myself with a pronounced taste for beauty, colour and life!

I love to explore painting techniques. It is for me an endless journey, filled with the happiness of accomplishment, the enjoyment of inventiveness, creativity! I couldn't live without creating.
Creation is my vital engine, the source of my energy. Giving matter to, giving birth to, making with my hands, imagining, letting my eyes dream. Creating …
In my second profession, as a lyrical singer, I am an interpreter of music, scores, composers. I am one of the tools of conductors (like soloists, instrumentalists, all choristers).
Whereas in my job as a painter and drawer, I am a CREATOR.

But my lyrical singer job balances me and brings me the pleasure of being on stage, in performance, in front of spectators, singing and dancing as part of a team, doing sensitive and artistic collective work.

On the other hand, the fine arts, for me, can only be practiced in the solitude of the studio. Reflection and mental activity are conditioned by this time for oneself, this time of withdrawal, of introspection necessary for constructed and thoughtful expression.

I like graphic design in painting. I love glazes. I use transparent colours a lot for the richness and depth of the tones they bring. I use the brands: Golden, Liquitex, Winsor and Newton, Sennelier, Schmincke, Lascaux…
I work on canvas or paper: oil, watercolour, inks, coloured pencils, watercolour pencils, acrylic, markers, charcoal, black stone…

I sell my works all over the world.


Education

Art studies at the IAV of Orléans, France
Art School High Diploma : DNSEP 1989

Etudes d’arts plastiques à l'Institut d'Arts Visuels d'Orléans.
Diplôme National Supérieur d’Education Plastique, 1989

Also lyrical singer in the « Professionnal Opera Choir » from Opera of Tours, France.

Events

2019 : awarded twice at the painting performance on large size canvas Ingré d'folie

2019 Awarded at the Artistic Salon of Château-La-Vallière (France)

2019 Permanent artist of the art gallery "Le Gisant", Dinan (France).

2018 Awarded at the Contemporary Art Biennale of Savonnières, France.

From June : 2017 "Woodlands and forests", New solo exhibition at "La Gerbe d'Or", Loches, France.

Until June/3 2016 : "Monde végétal", solo exhibition at "The Choiseul" 4*Castle hotel in Amboise, in the Loire valley, also called "the Valley of the Kings", France.
The Choiseul, 36 quai Charles Guinot, Amboise.

Exhibitions

2021 : Virtual exhibition with Gallery44, Calgary, Canada.
Virtual exhibition with Le Gisant gallery, Dinan, France.

2020 "Try it art" gallery, Calgary, Canada.
"Le Gisant" gallery, Dinan, France

2019 Permanent artist of the art gallery "Le Gisant", Dinan (France).

2018 Group exhibition at the Salon of Cholet.

2018 Solo exhibition : "Univers végétal", Tours

2017 : Solo exhibition at "Tartine and co", Tours

2017 "Woodlands and forests", New solo exhibition at "La Gerbe d'Or", Loches, France.

2017 - 2016 : solo exhibition at "La Gerbe d'or", Loches, 22, rue Balzac.

June 2016 : 3dr price on the big size painting competition in Pussigny, 37, France

April and may, solo exhibition at "Le Choiseul", 4* castle-hotel, Amboise, France

2015 : Solo exhibition at the Pavillon Heller, Ballan Miré, France.

-Group exhibition at the Artistic Salon, Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine, France
2014
-1st prize at the « Pussifolies » Oversized canvas competition, Pussigny, France
-Solo exhibition at the famous wine growing estate “Domaine Huet”, Vouvray, France
-Group exhibition at the Artistic Salon, Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine, France
-Group exhibition : « Mots et maux de corps et d’âme », Marais breton, France
-Bazart on the web, Barcelona, Spain
-Prize at the Artistic Salon, Beaumont la Ronce, France

2013
-Solo exhibition « Terra incognita », Amboise, France.
-Group exhibition at the artistic salon, Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine, France
-Group exhibition, « Fête des peintres », Chanceaux-près-Loches, France
-Prize « Olivier Debré » at artistic salon, Vernou sur Brenne, France
-Acrylic Prize at the artistic salon, Parçay-Meslay, France
-Prize at the artistic salon, Vouvray, France

2012
-1st watercolor prize at the Artistic Salon, Lavardin, France
-Bazart on the web + Tour in France, Belgium, Luxembourg

2011
-SMAC, Touon, France
-SMART, Rignac, France
-Bazart on the web + Tour in France, Belgium, Luxembourg
-Group exhibition : « l’Art au Quotidien », Tours, France.
-Group exhibition, artistic salon “ATARAC”, St Martin, France
-« Cadre et Toile » gallery, le Mans, France

2010
-Bazart, group exhibition, Sanary-sur-Mer.
-Bazart on the web + Tour in France, Belgium, Luxembourg
-« Cadre et Toile » gallery, le Mans, France

2009
-Bazart on the web + Tour in France, Belgium, Luxembourg
-« Cadre et Toile » gallery, le Mans, France
-« Artwist » gallery, Paris, France

2008
-Bazart on the web, Barcelona, Spain
-« La Boutique d’Artempion » gallery, Vincennes, France
-« Artwist » gallery, Paris, France

2007
-« L’Atelier d’Arts » gallery, Cannes, France
-Bazart on the web, Barcelona, Spain
-« La Boutique d’Artempion » gallery, Vincennes, France
-« Artwist » gallery, Paris, France

2006
-Bazart on the web, Barcelona, Spain
-« Artwist » gallery, Paris, Franc
-1st prize painting at the Artistic Salon « Chevalet de Touraine », Tours, France

2005
-Guest of honnor at the artistic salon, Beaumont-La-Ronce, France

2000
-" La Queue de l’Âne" gallery, Tours, France
-Prize at the XVe artistic salon, Beaumont-La-Ronce, France

1999
-Prize painting, Artistic Salon « l’Atelier des Arts », Tours, France

1998
-Drawing prize at the artistic salon, Vernou-sur-Brenne, France

1997
-Drawing prize at the artistic salon « l’Atelier des Arts », Tours, France

1995
Solo exhibition « Cieux », Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire, France.

1994
-Painting prize, competition one day, one painting, at the « Jardin Velpeau », Tours, France
-Drawing prize, artistic Salon « Cercle Artistique », Château-La-Vallière, France