Our glance at
Dominique BonnevalSee the works
Colour is without a doubt her strongest motor. She works essentially on paper which she then arranges onto canvas. She paints on solid Kraft, on the floor, on her knees for hours. This position allows her to better control her painting and to have a physical rapport with her work. So these works, hung vertically, are created horizontally so as to be closer to the earth and the roots from which they were inspired.
Dominique Bonneval often adapts existing drawings, representations, cartoons, sketches of sculptures, Katchinas dolls and fragments of paintings. She has also made ‘drawings’ with sticks that she used as stencils, using African motifs, leaves off trees….
Outside of painting, she participated in the restoration of frescos between 1988 and 1990, from conception to realization of decors for Lucie Lom - an agency of graphic designers and stage designers in Angers between 1990 and 1995 -, and regularly since 1987 has animated workshops (painting, printing, volume, mosaique) courses for adults and children within associations or schools.
“The artists offers, writes Jacques Maisonnier (Galerie 39, where the artist exhibited in 2012), paintings rich and sensitive where a multitude of signs and shapes blur gently and harmoniously within colours and their subtle shades. But behind this deceptive impression of frivolity she reveals, carefully thought-out, complex work and unwinds a path of great humanity that defines her, in which the intimate is revealed with modesty.”
“When an frail and temporary balance is reached, when the paintings holds itself, then I find here-and-there objects, signs, pieces of the world that surround me, birds, trees, huts, bits of garden, fences or paths, maps, to make little worlds organized in a certain way and certainly organized for each pictures” says Dominique Bonneval.
She regularly exhibits, solo exhibitions or collectively. Dominique Bonneval lives and works at Velluire since 1996 in South Vendee.