My artistic vision is rooted in the exploration of courage and its erosion caused by the pervasive influence of fear in our society. Consequently, through painting, drawing, and linoprint, I strive to capture the essence of individuals who exhibit both resilience and vulnerability within serene surroundings.
The core of my artwork lies in the exploration of personal struggles conveyed through casual conversations, intertwining with an understanding of psychological mechanisms. I deliberately omit explicit narratives, focusing instead on portraying what we can't avoid: the emotional aftermath.
I often begin by jotting down words or sentences and sketching shapes and symbols that represent nonverbal cues as tangible entities. I consistently compose my pieces in a close-up view of the scene, as if I were living within it. As a frugal painter, I carefully select only a few drawings to translate into paintings, rarely employing more than five different tubes of colours. I devote considerable time to mixing colours, aiming to infuse them with the essence of love— special and irreplicable.
Paradoxically, I often neglect the painting stage itself, as I believe that motion evokes emotion. Thus, I achieve a closer emotional connection by applying paint at high speed, seeking to capture the rawness of the reaction.
Through my representations of courage, resilience, and vulnerability, my paintings become a celebration of the pursuit of happiness.
Even if it may seem "too good to be true", I have made a conscious decision to make the process of attaining the golden mean visible and, therefore, real.
Your survival party
Oil painting serie 2022-Now
David, posthumous portrait
Acrylic, chinese ink on paper
21 × 29.7 cm, 2020
Acrylic on paper and etching & aquatint serie,
"If we did not find life difficult,beauty would not have the appeal it does."
- Art as Therapy, A.De Botton, J. Armstrong, 2013
Drifted, Oil on canvas, 50x50cm
What is the deepest in man is the skin
Drawing serie on exploring Paul Valery's concept
Adeline Gaudefroy, born in 1986 in Saint-Quentin, France, and now based in Dublin, Ireland, draws inspiration from her rural upbringing, honing her artistic skills with minimal resources, using just a pencil and paper for self-expression.
In 2009, she earned a bachelor's degree in Arts and Critical Studies from Lille 3 University in France. She then pursued a Masters in International Relations and Intercultural Cooperation in Rome, Italy. During this time, Adeline also worked as a weekend tour guide at the Spada Gallery, where she immersed herself in Borromini’s architectural trompe l'oeil, enhancing her ability to see beyond the surface.
Embracing a "hybrid career" as described by curator Karen Atkinson, Adeline enjoys the freedom to choose her means of production, using painting and drawing to represent her social interactions and immediate environment. She frequently attends life drawing sessions and practices plein air painting, capturing the essence of her surroundings.
Adeline has exhibited her artwork in France and Ireland, and in 2023, she became a professional member of Visual Artists Ireland.
Adeline Gaudefroy retains full copyright in all images of her work. Requests to reproduce images of works by the artist should be submitted to I.V.A.R.O, Irish Visual Artists Rights Organisation. Failure to obtain permissions to reproduce images of copyrighted material will result in legal action.