Born in 1948, Catherine Bayle
has been painting for almost fifteen years. She prefers oil,
but also works in pastel, gouache, engraving and, more recently,
« collage ».
Her work is dominated by color, with
heightened contrasts of flat backgrounds that reinforce the viewer's
confrontation with bold, brightly colored faces or figures.
Simplified forms, often stylized, emphasize
the essential balance of color, line and volume. Her's is a plastic
language that suggests abstraction as well as the exoticism of
Catherine lives and works between « here » and « elsewhere ».
Here means Brittany, where she lives in Pont-Aven. Elsewhere
is a mixture of real and imaginary travels including :
- The Marquesas
islands (French Polynesia) where she spent several weeks in 1994,
- Japan, discovered through albums of prints
— figures of the Kabuki theater, as well as Sumo wrestling,
- Africa, via masks and sculptures,
- Ireland, the closest island
to Brittany both physically and culturally.
de l'île de Sein
|catherine bayle's own website