Antoine Renault's painting suspends time, catches the instant, the souvenir. Not in a nostalgic way, but to dip or dive in. Renault focusses on slow-motion atmosphere, time still on the beach, with a soft sensuality floating. His work constantly plays with the borders of realism. Yet, get closer to the canvas and visible brushstrokes push the reality back, offering space for emotions and echo.
" Summer and ocean side atmosphere has always been in my inspiration. Sunny days and short nights, dune smells, slow time on the beach, … To paint this, for me, is like sharing feelings of freedom and happiness because this is just where I feel the best. I have not spent one year of my life without sailing in this bay. And actually all the key moments of my life happened on the ocean side, if not on the beach. After some years working with oil and pastel, I moved to watercolor and eventually to acrylic. I simplified my palette at most, using exclusively the same 4 colors. Light, water, feelings, and some subtle sexiness are what I want in my paintings."
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