Laurence Amélie, daughter of renowned Swiss abstract painter Gérard Schneider, continues the family tradition of painting.
Laurence paints from her idyllic country setting near Fontainebleau. It is the house where her father, a contemporary of Picasso, painted during the highly active mid-century abstract period.
Laurence paints using acrylic and spends days preparing the background colour washes of her work, gradually building subtle multiple tones which give great depth to every piece. Laurence is inspired by nature, the seasons, the changing light and the disarray of wild rambling country flowers. In each of her subjects Laurence’s rarest quality is the movement that she establishes in her paintings, she is always able to portray the soft illusion of forms being blown in a gentle breeze. This dream like quality is perhaps the romantic element her followers fall in love with.
Laurence Amélie is well known in France. Her client base stretches overseas to the United States, where she spends 2 months of the year in California painting for her continually growing devotees.
Diane de Polignac writes: "In discovering Laurence Amélie’s world, we only skim the surface of her unconscious.
Laurence Amélie seems to depict flowers relentlessly, but this vocabulary is deceptive. In the wake of abstraction, subject no longer counts, it’s emotion that matters.
She has lived in a world of painting since childhood. The daughter of two major figures of Lyrical Abstraction, she learned all the traditional techniques of chiaroscuro and glazes. She naturally learned about the freedom of the Impressionists and the chromatic resurgences of the Fauves.
Finally, she let the dream take priority over the optical: a form of abstraction where the mind hovers over the illusion of matter. “Putting emotion and poetry in each painting if I manage to do this.” she has confided in us.
Emotion and poetry that touch a universal public. Laurence Amélie has been exhibited regularly over the past fifteen years in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, Dubai, Hong Kong... and in the near future, Osaka and Seoul. Her works are collected all over the world."