“THE SEA IS IN MY SOUL, BUT ART, ART IS IN MY HEART.” AT JUST TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS OLD, EX MERCHANT NAVY OFFICER, ALAN LOUIS HAS NOW DECIDED TO EXPLORE THE ARTIST HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN.
WITH THE EYES OF AN AESTHETE, HE TAKES NATURE’S ELEGANCE AND REFINES THIS INTO HIS NEW COLLECTION.
Inviting nature in, differently
Alan Louis describes how he came to gain his own style, risen from fauna. “I was fortunate enough to grow up in the countryside and I saw so much poetry in the nearby wheat fields. 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 a bee in unexpected spots throughout his work, adding freshness and poetry. “The bee, this underestimated entity, both lovely and prickly, flies in and out of everyone’s eyes and lives. They cruise through air, and represent so much beauty. I like to think that drawing them will raise awareness, asking people not to forget that these soft golden creatures are so precious to life.”
A little closer to reality
For Alan Louis, precision and detail are essential, and realism is key. “I like to believe that what I draw is alive. A still image, but with a soul that comes to life through its expression and colors.” Acid free papers, high quality pencils, anti-reflecting/uv glass (museum glass), vintage frames, carefully selected tools which have all proven their value and each of these helps Alan Louis achieve his desired result. This deliberate choice is to guarantee satisfaction by anyone who admires his work. « 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. “The shapes that I use, the geometry, they help bring something fresh and modern to my artwork and this reflects my personality…”
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 that are nearly forgotten about, frames that are worn out by their past. They may have once flourished in castles or even slums, but then they faded into cellars and attics, slowly getting covered in dust. I believe in finding and restoring these frames, as they are a window into the past, and should be given new life for today and 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 ».