The flooded gardens - 122 x 92 cm
The necklaces of the Orinoco - 122 x 92 cm
Born in Paris, Françoise Barraud lived her early childhood in Algeria, her youth in France and chose Quebec as her adopted country. A diploma in Social Careers allowed her very quickly to lead plastic arts workshops. She says she is rather self-taught when it comes to her training in the arts. His father practiced caricature as an amateur; his mother excelled in all kinds of manual work, and, from a great culture, bequeathed to him a taste for literature, writing and his attraction to "elsewhere". We find this "elsewhere" in the artist's paintings: far from representing the reality that surrounds it, it projects itself into places that no contemporary din can disturb. Her collages of paper that she crumples, dyes, paints, drapes over large canvases or smaller formats tell about unknown peoples, shifted seasons, landscapes devoid of predators. It creates an impression of tranquility that does not alter the richness of the textures or the profusion of colors. Galerie Simon Blais was the first in Montreal to exhibit his works. Clair-Obscur followed, Gala la Guilde Graphique, in Québec Estampe Plus, and the Westmount Gallery in Toronto, among others. She became known through numerous exhibitions in France: in Aix-en-Provence, Lyon, Paris, Lille, as well as in Barcelona in Spain, thanks to the Galerie Carré d'Artistes. It thus reaches a clientele from all over the world.
"I want a painting, from the first glance, to captivate me, to carry me away, to promise me a trip. I want it to take me through places hitherto unknown, to suggest a thousand lives that are not not mine but which could have been. I want to travel with my eyes and my mind a different path each time where the jolts, the cavalcades, the slow steps are like a dance, a chanting which constantly brings me closer to 'a lost paradise. My painting is completed when, having projected shards and shadows, full and loose in an improbable geography, I can detect an invisible presence. He surprises me then as if neither my eye nor my hand had nothing to do with it. "