Elke Thiebaut

Elke Thiebaut

Bitche, Lorraine, France

About Elke Thiebaut

Born in South Germany. Elke Thiébaut resides in eastern France since 1994.
As far as she could think, she loved to draw, create.
The final installation in France allowed her to find a space to practice her painting, which has dominated her life since then.

At her beginnings she painted mostly abstracts, whose possibilities she explored by experimenting with various techniques such as acrylic, oil and watercolour.
Even today abstraction is part of her pictorial universe, even if her penchant for figurative has become more and more assertive.

Elke Thiébaut loves to tell stories in her painting. Her work is very personal and does not fit into any boxes.

The first thing that strikes you when you look at her paintings is the intense colors, probably a reflection of his perception of this world.
Her paintings are nourished by her memories, her current entourage, the people she meets, an atmosphere or social or political news.

The human being is the center of his figurative work.

These characters or portraits sometimes invented, sometimes inspired by people who have marked it positively or negatively, often possess a head disproportionate to the rest of the body,

This underlines the importance she attaches to the face which for her is the central point of an individual (even when it is an animal).

If one looks closely, the objects and environment of the central figure reveal the story she wants to tell. Almost every element has a symbol.
Elke Thiébaut speaks with shame of death, of misfortune, of time passing, of the futility of things.

«Behind these beautiful colours there is something distressing» summed up well a spectator who was looking at his paintings during an exhibition.
Her paintings are meticulously constructed and painted.
She has developed a very strong affinity for repetitive patterns which she paints individually or which she makes herself a stencil.
Perhaps «order in chaos»?
Its paint is smooth.

She uses the classic oil technique with often a first acrylic layer for figuratives and acrylics only for abstract work.

«I want to make beautiful things even if nobody cares» Saul Bass


Education

Selftaught painter

Exhibitions

2020 All cancelled (COVID)
2019
• 4e Salon de la peinture Saint Avold
• Galerie Rubelz, Sarreguemines
• 16ème Biennale de Peinture de Forbach, du 07 mai au 14 mai 2019 au Centre Européen de Congrès du Burghof à 57600 Forbach

2018

Marché de Noël des Artistes, Haguenau, 24 et 25 novembre 2018

Place des Arts, Strasbourg, 3 novembre 2018

- Exposition internationale de Peintures et Sculptures, Wiesviller 14 octobre 2018
- Place des Arts, Strasbourg, 22 septembre 2018
- Place des Arts, Strasbourg, 2 juin 2018
- Place des Arts, Strasbourg, 2 et 4 mars 2018

2017

- Marché de Noël des Artistes, Haguenau
- Exposition de Peintures et Sculptures, Wiesviller
- Biennale de Forbach
- Kiosque des Arts Haguenau

2016

- Marché de Noël des Artistes Haguenau
- Kiosque des Arts, Haguenau
- Exposition de Peintures et Sculptures, Wiesviller
- Lez’Arts des Rues, Wissembourg
- Art’Toung, Festival d’Art et Musique, Sélestat

2015

- Art’Toung, Festival d’Art et Musique, Sélestat
- Biennale de Forbach
- Lez’Arts des Rues, Wissembourg
- Kiosque des Arts Haguenau
- Salon de la Peinture de la Ville de Saint Avold
- Forum des Arts et de la Culture, Sélestat
- Exposition de Peintures et Sculptures, Wiesviller

2014

- Forum des Arts et de la Culture, Sélestat
- Kiosque des Arts Haguenau
- Galerie La Paix, exposition de groupe, Sélestat
- Exposition de Peintures et Sculptures, Wiesviller

2013

- Exposition individuelle, Espace Cassin, Bitche à l’occasion de la Bourse aux Vêtements d’enfants
- Biennale de Forbach
- Forum des Arts et de la Culture, Sélestat
- Exposition de Peintures Grossbliederstroff
- Art’Heim, Haguenau
- Salon de la Peinture de la Ville de Saint Avold
- Exposition de Peintures et Sculptures, Wiesviller

2012

- Art’Heim, Haguenau
- Exposition de Peintures et Sculptures, Wiesviller

2011/2010/2009/2008/2007

- Exposition de Peintures et Sculptures, Wiesviller

2006
- Les Automnales, Sarreguemines, 2006