Clément Nivert
Bois le Roi, France

Clément Nivert lives in Bois le Roi in north central France, near the Forest of Fontainebleau where the artists of the Barbizon School used to gather to paint in the 1800s. He draws inspiration from this past, creating art with a “French spirit.” There is a lot of movement in the work, produced with fluid colors and shapes. Identifying forms, resembling treetops or light sparkling through shrubs, provides clues to where we are; the paintings can feel like we are watching the countryside rush by from the window of a car. At the same time, the ripples and reflections created by Clément’s impressionist brushstrokes are reminiscent of Claude Monet’s waterlilies. It’s easy to see a loyalism for the history of French painting and Clément’s heritage. He generally works outside to be with the light. His color schemes show time in transition and at a point of drama–the last light of the day or the weather right before a storm. A musician when he is not making artwork, Clément finds the musicality of abstraction intriguing. The way the colors harmonize and create expression is what he finds most beautiful about painting.

Between the Rocks
18" x 22" , oil painting

Light Path
24" x 24" , oil painting

Tree Fog
11" x 16" , oil painting

24" x 48" , oil painting

Heavenly Race
39" x 57" , oil painting

Light Pulse
21" x 51" , oil painting

Fleeting Perception
15" x 31" , oil painting

Chromatic Path
21" x 51" , oil painting

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