My arrival in California 7 years ago impressed me so much that I became a painter. I realized how perspective fails to communicate the gigantism of space. Photography and film have appeared to me ever since as instruments of control that capture the viewer's attention and freeze them in their environment.
Since then, I have tried to reverse perspective: put the viewer at the focal point of the painting, free their gaze and make them not master of their environment, but able to engage in a living interaction with it. I want to break down the false sense of domination that certain mechanical images offer, by creating another way of describing the world. Neither chaos, nor a dry engineered photography, but a nature-inspired way of looking.
During the Covid crisis, I had an illumination contemplating a blooming star magnolia: this magnificent tree has a semi-crystalline structure. Inspired by this vision and the mathematical works of Sir Penrose, I developed grids based on the golden ratio and harmonic series, creating dozens of focal points in a single image, and which I use in my abstract or figurative compositions. They are completely different from the usual perspective grid, and join some very old works on human representation and space.
My new body of work is also inspired by the way in which covid has revealed the transformations of our society. In particular, I suppose that covid has revealed how fragile is our relationship with the environment, demanding more technical protection and intense control.
My preferred mediums are watercolor on paper, egg tempera and tapestry. Watercolor is quick and versatile, impossible to fully control, which allows randomness to express itself. Tapestry is a very slow process and allows me to introduce tactility in my images with organic dyed wool.
Curriculum Vitae: recent events
On 1stDibs with John Gagne Contemporary Arts here
On Artsy with Coastal Contemporary Gallery here
Red Dot Culture here
Artist member at Cambridge Art Association.
Member of Concord Art Association, Belmont Art Association, Needham Art Association and Tapestry Weavers West.
Rhode Island Watercolor Society spring national juried show
Pawtucket, RI Apr 23-May 27
Needham Art Association Spring show May 3- Jun 3
Group Exhibition at the French Residency Mar 7- 14
Renaissance (International Women's Day)
Featured in House and Garden, UK here
Interview in Clover and Bee here
Broomfield Gallery, Boston MA Dec 1- Dec 19
Coastal Contemporary Gallery Oct 23rd - Nov 28th
RAA&M National Juried Exhibition. Dec 4 - Dec 31
"Nourish", Belmont Art Gallery Oct 15th - Dec 11th
"Tiny But Mighty”
American Tapestry Alliance Online
Featured in The Purposeful Mayo
Interview Cambridge Art Association
Concord Art Association, MA
22nd annual France Roddy competition
Juried by Sam Adams Sep 23rd - Oct 24th
Mary Schein Fall Salon Sep 11th - Sep 26th
Kathryn Schultz Gallery
Interview The Huts Magazine
In collaboration with "The Huts Magazine"
"Connectivité" juried exhibition here May 31 - June 26 2021
The Purposeful Mayo
"Rêverie" inaugural exhibition here May 5 - June 15 2021
"Hope is the thing with feathers" May 17th+
"Art Heals" juried exhibition
VirtualBGA.org April 1st- May31 2021
Kathryn Schultz Gallery Mar 2nd- Mar18th 2021
Members Prize Show
Members juried exhibition Jan 14th - Feb 14th 2021
Belmont Art Gallery, Belmont MA
Portraits (online) Dec 12th - Jan 31st 2021
Beacon Gallery, Boston MA Dec 19 2020
Art Dash 2020
Workshop 13, Ware MA
NortheastFine Arts juried exhibition: traditional realism.
Sep 26 - Oct 11 2020
Cape Cod Cultural center online exhibition "Humanity"
The James Library, Norwell MA
Honorable mention for "They don't toil" March 2020
Old West Museum, Cheyenne WY
National juried exhibition "Western Spirit". March 2020
Beacon Gallery, Boston MA
International Juried show "totem"
Best in show prize February 2020
University place Gallery, Cambridge MA
Broken beauty juried exhibition January 2020
440 Gallery, Brooklyn NY
National juried show December 2019
Main Street Arts, Clifton Spring NY
National Juried show December 2019
RAA&M Rockport Art Association, Rockport MA
National Fine Arts annual juried show November 2019
South Shore Art Center, Cohasset MA
National juried exhibition "Simple Pleasures"
Honorable mention for "Thunder Roll" November 2019
Arlington Center for the arts, Arlington MA. Fall 2019
Juried exhibition "Very superstitious"
Belmont Art Gallery, MA 2019 2020
The Martin Group, Boston MA
National juried exhibition "Storytelling in textiles" October 2019
The James Library, Norwell MA
Juried exhibition "Continuum"
Honorable Mention for "Mount Washington". September 2019
Newburyport Art Gallery, Newburyport MA
Member Fall juried show September 2019
Best in watercolor prize for "Death Valley Spring"
Permanent exhibition "horticultural heroes" in Boylston, MA Tower Hill Botanical Garden (2019)
MSc Signal Processing & Communications, Imperial College, London (with Diploma) 1996-1997
MSc Telecommunications, Telecom Paris, France 1995-1997
BSc Applied Mathematics, Ecole Polytechnique, France 1992-1995
After graduating from Ecole Polytechnique and Imperial College, Fleur Thesmar worked 20 years in France in the high tech industry.
Her arrival in the United Stated in 2015 triggered an ancient passion of hers: painting. She took classes at the MFA with the studio art program. Since then, she has exhibited in international and national juried shows in Boston, Cambridge, Arlington, Newburyport, Norwell, Boylston, Brooklyn NY, Cheyenne, WY, Bourg-La-Reine, France, etc. As an emerging artist, she pursues her wish to share her intense emotions and change of perspective due to her migration in the USA.