Artist Statement

In 2020, the exceptional crisis we suffered made me, like many people, feel suffocated. We have ceased to have access to the great outdoors, my first source of inspiration, and to people. Even when I could travel, I was only able to paint a few large paintings and mostly small figurative scenes. Real space and the pictorial representation of space, in which I am interested, both seemed to shrink.

 

It was while walking during spring that I had an epiphany. Staring at a blooming star magnolia, I saw a crystalline structure. This tree appeared on earth 95 million years ago. How many mystical experiences are lived at the foot of a tree?

 

I was amazed to discover the "tilings" of Sir Penrose (Nobel Prize for Physics in 2020), whose harmonic sequences describe a structure similar to what I observe in nature. The “Amman bars” underlying these tilings are proportional to the golden ratio and form a network of lines, which intersect at precise angles, drawing clouds of stars. They provide exciting grids for painting composition, creating new reliefs. Mathematical abstraction has become my new landscape and also offers a new key to figurative art.

 

I prefer to use watercolor, but I add other techniques like monotype and digital preliminary drawing, sometimes video. I include in my paintings impressions of mathematical structures, which I complete with iterations of motifs representing the echoes and the harmony of the world, or the succession of images in which we live.

 

Watercolor allows to mix precise marks, and stains diffusing the pigments at random on paper. It opens up to an ideal spontaneity to mark time and memory. Water and paper allow you to open up to luck, as in life. My works are on paper like a book, and tell a story. 

Curriculum Vitae: recent events

Broomfield Gallery, Boston MA             Dec 1- Dec 19

Winter Works

Coastal Contemporary Gallery              Oct 23rd - Nov 28th

Group exhibition

"Surface Area"

Newport, RI    

RAA&M National Juried Exhibition.         Dec 4 - Dec 31

Rockport, MA

"Nourish", Belmont Art Gallery               Oct 15th - Nov 30th

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

   

Belmont, MA

"Hope is the thing with feathers"                   May 17th+

"Art Heals" juried exhibition

VirtualBGA.org                                 April 1st- May31     2021

Cambridge, MA

Kathryn Schultz Gallery                       Mar 2nd- Mar18th  2021

Members Prize Show

Concord Art 

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"

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                                                                 September 2020

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

Juried exhibition

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)

Education:

 

 

 

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.