Isabelle Maynard

Isabelle Maynard
Oil and Graphite on Canvas

“Isabelle Maynard paints with a choreographic gesture. She is playing between coloured grey nebulae surfaces and nervous lines of forces.” said French journalist, H. Richard.

Isabelle’s paintings, some dark and intense shades of grays, others dreamy with airy whites, give a wide source of meditation and feelings. Each work begins with a process that includes putting a thin layer of plaster on the canvas, which gives her the sense and touch of a blank page. She can then start expressing herself sometimes subtle, delicate, or brutal, primal, every time driven by her own sincerity without any artifices. When the work is done, it is given to see.

Isabelle enjoys spending time outside, both in crowded city areas and wild nature. Those different interactions and contemplation about life emphasizes her emotions and give her a broad palette to express herself.

Isabelle Maynard was born and raised in France and graduated from the Fine Art School of Montpellier France, after a few years studying psychology in Bordeaux. She was inspired by prominent artists, including Pierre Soulages, Tapies, an abstract Spanish painter, and many other ones. Living near Spain and having Spanish relatives she was inspired and immersed by those different cultures. But, her dream was one day to discover the United States with its vast landscapes and crowded cities, aspiring to be a part of its abstract expressionist masters such as Cy Twombly, De Kooning, Joan Mitchell. The mix of different cultures is the cement of her work.

With the help of a friend, the opportunity was given to her to realize her dream. She had a studio in Brooklyn, NYC, and new chapter of her life began. Now Isabelle is dividing her time between Toulouse, France and Napa, California.

Isabelle has been exhibited in solo and group shows in the United States, Spain, and France. Notable designers have acquired her work in New York, Los Angles, and San Francisco. Her work can be found in private collections in Paris, Barcelona, Geneva, and Montreal. Furthermore, her work is held in corporate collections, including Airbus, where it is displayed in private jets.

Artist Statement

Time. The first notion of our own existence.
Time alone is an enigma and maintains a very conflictual relationship with our soul.

How do we apprehend the time we are given?
How we relate to its power, its fragility, the fear, the hope, and the pleasure it generates?

Time is a hole. A hole in which we are thrown without having any other choice than live with it, to relieve ourselves of its implacable impermanence. How to focus on this precious present that makes us feel so alive because when it is stated, it becomes past and already makes a promise about a future.

So leaving a trace becomes an urgency, a need, to mark time for a moment.
My work has just found its essence and purpose.

The truth of the moment.
Create and share.

Leave an immutable trace in this passing time.

It is by sharing those moments that life and time become a gift.