Art+ Shanghai Gallery is very pleased to announce “Journey toward Inner Landscape”: The world of Marie-Isabelle Callier, the first solo exhibition in Singapore by the Belgian artist Marie-Isabelle Callier.
Marie-Isabelle Callier’s works are about feelings and the sublime emotional state that she seeks to record, capturing the deep emotional impressions of life before they vanish. At the very beginning of her artistic practice, painting helped the artist to deal with her personal tragedy - loosing a brother. She channeled her pain through working with wax and watercolor.
She is deeply inspired by nature and the strength and verticality of trees, which feature prominently in many of her paintings.
Choosing contradictory materials such as water and ink on wax to evoke shapes, her work is not interested in specific shapes but the direct emotions they suggest, especially in their relationships with others. Marie-Isabelle Callier’s work often depicts figures, landscapes, and trees, shifting between the abstract and the figurative creating scenery that appears simultaneously both distant and personal.
One of the favorite themes that the artist continuously explores is femininity.
The female forms in Marie Isabelle Callier’s work symbolize more than human beauty of a physical nature. The gestures are graceful and the postures are powerful. Her works not only feature the image of women, but they represent the beauty of a higher form that is meant to be something that inspires and elevates our souls.
Marie-Isabelle Callier was born in Belgium in 1970 and graduated with a BFA in Illustration and Graphic Arts from the Saint-Luc Art School in Brussels in 1991. Her life and work have brought her to live throughout Europe, the United States, and Shanghai. A graphic designer, illustrator, author, and artist, Marie-Isabelle Callier is best known for her works in watercolor and has been featured in a number of publications and exhibitions in Belgium, Washington DC, Shanghai and Luxembourg. She is currently based in Luxembourg.