BIOGRAPHY

 

 

A native of France, Christophe arrived in the United States in 2003 in order to pursue a full-time art career.

 

Primarily a self-taught artist, he studied with Barbara Baldwin, Larry Moore, Morgan Samuel Price and Barbara Perrotti in Florida. His artwork is often inspired from the French impressionists and pointillists. He works primarily with pastels, although he also enjoys oils, and he is constantly refining these with new techniques and art products.

 

From the first day of his honeymoon in Key West, he realized that he had found his spiritual home; Florida, with its heat, color and bright light. He truly enjoys painting Florida's landscapes in plein-air because he feels there is no better way to capture the hidden colors of the scenery, revealed by the changing light.

 

His works can be found in collections throughout the United States and Europe.

 

His commissions include three recently produced posters for Absente liquor and Pango Rhum publicity campaigns

at the request of Michel Roux.

 

He also teaching pastel classes at the Artists Workshop in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

 

 

 

GALLERIES:

 

Absolute Americana Art Gallery, Saint Augustine, FL

Ta' Da' Gallery, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Metropolitan Gallery, Ormond Beach, FL

Emmons Cottage Gallery (Ormond Memorial Art Museum), Ormond Beach, FL

 

 

SOLO SHOWS:

 

Gallery of Local Art, Flagler Beach, FL, 2008

Island Fine art Gallery, Crescent Beach, FL, 2008

New Smyrna Beach Library, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 2008

The Art League of Daytona Beach, FL, Reflections in pastel, 2007

Absolute Americana Art Gallery, Saint Augustine, FL, 2006

Historical Museum, Edgewater, FL, 2005

Maison du Lac, Giffaumont, France, 1998

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

 

Mount Dora Arts Festival, Mount Dora, FL ,2008

Terrace Gallery (Far and Near Horizons), Orlando, FL, 2008

International Exhibition Sierra Pastel Society, El Dorado Hills, CA, 2008

Florida Biennal 4, Museum of Florida, Deland, FL, 2008

Oil Pastel Society of Maine, Saco Museum, Saco, ME, 2008

Oil School House Art Center (Far and Near Horizons), British Colombia, Canada, 2008

The Eastern Art Association, Fairhope, AL, 2008

Naples National Art Festival, Naples, FL, 2008

The Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park Fine Art Gallery, Estes Park, CO, 2008

Space Coast Art Festival, Cocoa Beach, FL, 2007

Festival of the Masters, Downtown Disney, FL, 2007, 2008

Mainsail Arts Festival, Saint Petersburg, FL, 2007, 2008

Saint Augustine Art and Craft Festival, Saint Augustine, FL, 2007, 2008

Pastel Society of North Carolina, Graham, NC, 2007

Osceola Center for the Arts, Kissimmee, FL, 2007

Saint Augustine Art Association, Saint Augustine, FL, 2007, 2008

Main Street Gallery, (with the Reflectionists), Titusville, FL, 2006

Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center, (with the Reflectionists), Ormond Beach, FL, 2006

Atlantic Center for the Arts at Harris House Annex, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 2006, 2007

Mont Dora Center for the Arts, Mont Dora, FL, 2006

The Casements, Ormond Beach, FL, 2005, 2006, 2007

Images, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Absolute Americana Art Gallery, Saint-Augustine, FL, 2005, 2006

Island Fine Art, Crescent Beach, FL, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Deland Fall Festival of the Arts, Deland, FL, 2005, 2007, 2008

Daytona Beach Art League, Daytona Beach, FL, 2005, 2006, 2007

Halifax Art Festival, Daytona Beach, FL, 2004, 2008

Artists' Workshop, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Tete de l'Art, Saint-Dizier, France, 1995 to 2004

Exhibition paintings and sculptures, Rosieres, France, 2000

Artistic Exhibitions, Foyer Rural, Brienne-le-Chateau, France, 1992 to 1998

 

 

AWARDS:

 

2008

1st Honorable Mention, Oil pastel Society of Maine, Saco, ME

for The Clearing

Second Place, Paint out Gallery Group of Flager Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL

for Amaryllis

1st Place, The Eastern Art Association, Fairhope, AL

for Blue Dawn

2nd Place, Artist Workshop, Member Show, New Smyrna Beach, FL

for Jamaican Reflection

Award of Honor, Images a Festival of the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL

for Spruce Creek Park

Award of Excellence, Sierra Pastel Society, El Dorado, CA

for Georgian Haystacks

4th Place, Saint Augustine Art Association, FL

for Pastoral Landscape

4th Place, Saint Augustine Art Association, FL

for Blue Dawn

 

2007

Merit Award, Island Fine Art Paint Out, Crescent Beach, FL

for Lighthouse Pier, Saint Augustine

Honorable Mention, Artists Workshop Square Show, New Smyrna Beach, FL

for Florida Seasons

Recognition Award, Art League Member Showcase Exhibit, Daytona Beach, FL

for Georgian Haystacks

1st place in Pastel, Flamingo Follies, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Honorable Mention, Art Association Fall Members Show, Saint Augustine, FL

for The Dock in the Mist

Purchase Award, Walt Disney World Corporate Art Collection Festival of the Masters

Downtown Disney, FL

for View from Grandfather Mountain

Best Miniature, Ponce Inlet Fine Art Show, FL

for Sunrise at Edgewater (miniature)

1st place in pastels, Ponce Inlet Fine Art Show, FL

for The Dock at Osprey Cove

1st place in pastels, Art Fiesta, New Smyrna Beach, FL

for Tropical Sunrise

2nd place, Artist Workshop Member's Show, New Smyrna Beach, FL

3rd place in Pastel, Heathrow Festival of the Arts, Lake Mary, FL

for The Golden Spools

2nd place, Art League Members Exhibition, Daytona Beach, FL

for The Three Sisters

 

2006

Grant, Recipient of a Volusia County Individual Artist Professional Development Grant, FL

Equal Achievement Award, Art League Members Show, Daytona Beach, FL

for The Dock at Osprey Cove

3rd place, Artists Workshop Interior Show, New Smyrna Beach, FL

for The River from the Gazebo

2nd place, Island Fine Art Paint Out, Crescent Beach, FL

for Lighthouse from Anastasia Park

Merit Award, Riverfront Art faire, Daytona Beach, FL

for Floridian Haystacks

Merit Award, Artfest, Port Orange, FL

for Floridian Haystacks

Best of Show, Artists Workshop Landscapes Square Show, New Smyrna Beach, FL

for Tranquil Moment

2nd place in pastels, Ponce Inlet Fine Arts Show, FL

for Sunrise at Edgewater

3rd place in pastels, Art Fiesta, New Smyrna Beach, FL

for The Old Tree

Southern Paint Merit Award, Artists Workshop Members' Show, New Smyrna Beach, FL

for Panorama of Spruce Creek

Patron Choice (Doug McGinnis), Images, a Festival of the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL

for The Haystack at Samsula

 

2005

3rd place in watercolor/pastels, Lake Mary-Heathrow Festival, FL

for Panorama of Spruce Creek

Merit Award, Crescent Beach Paint Out, FL

for The Fort, Matanzas Park

Distinguished Artist Award, Trustees' Art League Show, FL

for Summer in Champagne

2nd place in pastels, Ponce Inlet Fine Art Show, FL

for The Field of Gold in Champagne

1st place in pastels, Art Fiesta, New Smyrna Beach, FL

for A Cloudy Day at Spruce Creek

Equal Achievement Award, Artists Workshop Members' Show, NSB, FL

for The Field of Gold in Champagne

 

2004

Award of Honor, Riverfront Art Faire, Daytona Beach, FL

1st place in pastels, Ponce Inlet Fine Arts Show, FL

 

2003

2nd place, Artists' Workshop New Members' Show, NSB, FL

 

2002

Best of Show, Tete de l'Art, Saint Dizier, France

 

2001

Best Landscape, Tete de l'Art, Saint Dizier, France

 

 

ASSOCIATIONS:

 

Landscape Artists International

International Plein Air Painters

World Tour of Contemporary Artists (Far and Near Horizons)

American Impressionist Society Inc.

Artists' Workshop, New Smyrna Beach

Daytona Beach Art League

East Coast Plein Air Florida

Ponce Inlet Art Guild

Oil Pastel Society

 

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

 

New Smyrna Beach Magazine, Cover Page, September 2008

Distinguished Lifestyles, Spring 2008

Southwest Art Magazine, June 2008

The Daytona Beach News Journal, Interpretative Landscapes at Harris House by Paul Marseglia., 7th September 2007

American Artist (Workshop with Larry Moore), Fall 2007

The Island Voice, For the Love of Arts, April 2007

Hometown News, New Smyrna Beach, Front page "French painter says "oui" to Edgewater" by Stephanie Dixon, 23rd March 2007

Orlando Sentinel, "Colors of Nature", Reflectionist show, 3rd and 18th January 2007

Arbus magazine, "French Impressions", October 2006

SouthwestArt magazine, Reflectionists, May 2006

The Daytona Beach News-Journal, "Artist readies for 'Images' show" by Laura Stewart, 5th February 2006

The Observer, "He saw the Light" by Katherine Cofer, 3rd August 2005

The Daytona Beach News-Journal, "Pastels suit him well" by Paul Marseglia, 29th April 2005

Television appearance on France 3 (Au bout de la Rue), Live demonstration in oil painting, January 1997

 

 

 

 

 

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