Renépaul was born long ago in Africa. From his apprenticeship
as a small man among the indigenous population he retains the
pleasure of simplicity and of making the unmakeable from
ordinary materials. Clearly influenced by the same skies as
Camus, Matisse and others who strike sparks with their vibrant
and secret colours, Renépaul searches in his subjects the
evocation of an emotion and his characters express this rather
than mere attitude.
Exhibitions, workshops, Montmartre and Barbizon have led him,
probably definitively, to the Dordogne.
and Philosophy I've always liked notebooks. When I was a kid I made them
myself. In a notebook one takes notes, one writes words and
Afterwards I look at my sketches and a make a painting or a
sculpture to clarify my thoughts. I do this to make my
thoughts live and get into other people’s heads in the same
way as a speech or piece of music does. A speech is intended
to convince and music to charm. Music also starts with a
sketch, we call that notes of music.
A painting exists to make us imagine an abstraction, a dream.
Originally paintings were intended to fix moments in time and
History, now we use photography for that. It's the same thing
but without the imagination.
This is why I hardly draw faces on my group portraits. The
story is a group story and not one of the individual. If the
face is sketched it is to express an emotion, not the identity
of the person. Adding precision to a portrait tells us which
individual was present at a given instant and painting no
longer serves as a historical witness to an event but as an