AT JUST VINGT-CINQ YEARS OLD, EX MERCHANT NAVY OFFICER, ALAN LOUIS HAS NOW DECIDED TO EXPLORE THE ARTIST HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN. « THE SEA IS IN MY SOUL, BUT ART, ART IS IN MY HEART ». A YOUNG ARTIST WITH THE EYES OF AN AESTHETE, HE RUNS TOWARDS NATURE BUT KEEPS ONLY YHE ELEGANCE AND REFINEMENT OF WHAT HE SEES AND CHOOSES TO EXHIBIT IN HIS NEW ART COLLECTION.
INVITING NATURE IN, DIFFERENTLY
He has his own style, risen from fauna and flora. « I was fortunate enough to grow up in the countryside. Contemplating wheat fields, I saw so much poetry that no man will ever know how to put it into words. Nurtured by journeys and atmospheres, I always wanted to convey what my heart experiences, this profundity I always admired in all things surrounding me. I want people to look closely at these beautiful creatures that our world tends to forget due to stress and traffic jams. Let the overflowing life that I create with passion enter your home. It is important for me that it pleases you, even more so if you are moved ».
The bee is in the center of his artworks. Here and there,, you can find her in an unexpected spot throughout his work, adding freshness and poetry. « The bee, this underestimated entity, both lovely and prickly, in and out of everyone’s eyes and lives, cruising through air and moods, is the link between every fleck of beauty I want to depict. I like to believe that I could sprinkle some in people’s lives. Raise awareness that these soft golden glimmers are precious to Life. May we never forget them ».
A LITTLE CLOSER TO REALITY
For Alan Louis, precision and details are essentials, and realism is the key. « I like to believe that what I draw is alive. A still image but with a soul that could unravel through its realism, its expressions and colors, if we dwell on it. » To achieve the desired result, he uses 150 high quality pencils, their tint being of the purest color and pigment . These different shades can be found in artworks of several museums and particularly in art galleries in New York. From the quality of paper to that of colors, the tools he works with have proven their value all over the world, throughout time. This deliberate choice is to guarantee the deep-seated satisfaction deep appreciation of his public’s eye. « Your light and your eyes can endlessly gaze on the Nature that I am proposing without fear that its colors will wash away ».
SUBTLY RESTORED ANTIQUES
Revisited or unstructured living entities or not, on a sober and plain background. Animals, insects and plants, divided, inverted, cut out, surrounded, hidden, superimposed, finding original and unexpected ways to enter their future frame. « I want shapes, geometry,to reach out to the future, so my work falls into modernity ».
In order to provide an original, high quality artwork, Alan Louis insists on using antique frames that he restores, giving out a sense of both obsolescence and modernity. « I do not choose just any frame to be the skeleton of my work. I want to bring value to it while honoring the gildings of Paris, blackened woods, eternal charm of old Napoleonic frames, Montparnasse, etc. I live to create but also to revive what already is and what is sometimes lost. Frames whose lives are paused. Frames worn out by the paths of various times that flourished between castles and slums, faded in cellars and attics, stacked against walls, covered in dust. These delightful souls have danced discreetly on the walls, murmuring among themselves the secrets of a life stolen from them. Fallen in their ears and eyes, the snatches of an elapsed time they will keep forever. I believe we can still give them today some of our secrets for them to continue their lives of tomorrow ».
CURIOSITIES INSPIRE ME
A style inspired by cabinets of curiosities. « I burn with enthusiasm for what once was, and mysteries stolen through the cracks of time for which I travel from discoveries to originalities. Stuffed animals, dried insects, herbaria, and bits of flowers... many oddities whose magic instils me, living in me like a subtle muse. Creating secrets. Secrets inserted in each of my works, in their precious caskets. I look at those souvenirs with admiration, exhibited in museum like places or pieces or furniture, sometimes made of ebony, with thousands of drawers. Breathing in the verve of these curiosities, I listen to their whims questioning me and then I let them guide me ».
TITLES AND NUMBERS
« I wish the message I convey to be everlasting and with no boundaries. I won’t give up infinity and I choose the numbers. Nature is renewed endlessly despite the harm inflicted by man she is shaping. Figures and numbers are a nice metaphor giving the choice to all to choose the words to use concerning what one sees. This artist plays with lines and frames but numbers also. They are part of him. I do not disapprove Galileo and I do not reject Gauss, they have both given me another frame of reference. Figures belong inherently to them as well as space but I bring them closer together on the artistic dimension on which they usually differ ».
The back of the artwork also has the right to its own artsy touch. Lined in red velvet, a wink to old Parisian theaters. « Cinema and performing arts have, as well as music, a place in my heart. I need to feel through the performance of the actors and the voices of the singers. My drawings are a little bit like them, they do not need words to express themselves. But if you keep looking, you will see them singing ».