Françoise Dagorn is a self-taught painter born in Hérault, France. After having had the chance for 20 years to live in wonderful places (Seychelles, Hawaii, French Polynesia, Réunion, California), she returned to her native region. During this emotionally rich life, painting presented itself to her as a perfect opportunity to deliver all that she felt in contact with these tropical islands and these different cultures. It was in the Seychelles that her artistic life started, but it was on her return to France after 2012 that she developed her personal approach. Her main source of inspiration comes from the beauties of the marine world. Fascinated by the harmonious forms of nature, her acrylic painting adds a colorful, imaginary and luminous touch. She paints the shapes of these marine animals by bringing a tonic and living aspect thanks to the gestures of the knife blade. Once a subject inspires her, she draws it and then comes the moment to create the relief that will give it life. The acrylic is then applied in parallel strips, by superimposing a monochrome of improbable colors giving free rein to her figurative imagination. Her paintings evoke the immensity of the ocean and the freedom it gives to her subjects.
By sharing her love for marine animals, she wishes to raise awareness about the protection of marine biodiversity. "Creating an emotion is a first step towards awareness and this is what guides my painting".
Maui - Hawaii (USA) - February 2019
Seychelles - February 2012
Respect, harmony, generosity: here are three words that guide my commitment. These are simple emotions that make all the happiness, like the joy of my children, a walk in the scrubland where the scents of rosemary and thyme invite us to organize a party of laughter with friends.
Sometimes, Men "forget" respect and generosity ... Everyone, on a small scale, can act to live in better harmony with others. Participating in solidarity events, large or small, remains a commitment that is dear to me.
I have always loved nature and animals. With us, dogs and cats occupy our living rooms. We share our lives with them, they remind us that we have inherited a wonderful planet and that humans and animals must succeed in living in harmony.
Why did I focus my artistic inspirations on marine life? Life came from the oceans. Despite their major role in the birth of our current world, the oceans are still poorly understood and fragile. Marine animals dance in the water to move and exude a natural elegance. By drawing attention to them, through my paintings with offbeat colors, I want to make the world aware of their beauty but above all their fragility.
The University of Montpellier is ranked first in the world in ecological sciences. Developing my art in this region of scientific excellence, recognized worldwide for its research for the conservation of biodiversity, is a source of motivation. Researchers and artists, each in their own way, help to show the beauties of the world, to understand them, and to protect them for the future of our planet.
I develop a new approach, where I replace my marine animals a little more in their elements ... I tear up then glue nautical charts on canvas, then I paint on top. Who does not travel while contemplating a nautical chart?
I had planned for the first time a solo event, but 2020 is the year when the world stopped due to Covid-19 ... This period, so sad and cruel for all the victims and their families, was an opportunity for me to get together with my family, think about professional projects, listen to nature. Take a break to start again, even more convinced that we must take care of our loved ones and protect our planet.
It's a very eventful year! I exhibit in the best restaurant in Sète, at L'Arrivage at Jordan Yuste (Top Chef 2020), who was kind enough to host some of my paintings for a few months. Then, I participate in Printemps des Arts in Juvignac, in Place aux Arts in Montpellier, in Pyramid'Arts in La Grande Motte and finally, I am selected for the 3rd Contemporary Art Nature exhibition at the domain of Restinclières (34). I am proud to lend some of my works to the Artothèque Montpellier which gives them the chance to dress the places of many art borrowers.
Artistically, I am embarking on large canvases which offer less restrictive dimensions to my animals in freedom!
New artistic period, which coincides with the construction of my small workshop in my garden! I feel the need to give life to my animals on their web. The shapes round out, take on movement, and the water takes on multiple forms. I discovered a passion for painting the eyes of marine animals, so that they appeal to those who come to contemplate them.
October 2018: my first exhibition in Pezenas (34). It was an opportunity to meet fabulous artists who are still my friends. Above all, I feel the need to alternate personal moments of creation and moments of meeting with art lovers.
2016 & 2017
I assert a deliberately refined approach, to focus attention on the colors of the fish. The backgrounds of my paintings are united, of sober color, in order to bring out the unexpected colors of the animals that I paint. I receive my first orders for tropical fish: a recognition that gives confidence to the self-taught that I am. One of my collectors offers one of my paintings to the President of the Republic of Maldives!
After an assumed choice to stay at home and raise my two wonderful children, and after twenty years spent living abroad (California, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Reunion, Seychelles), I decide to recover to paint. What used to be a hobby becomes a passion. Quickly, I sell my first paintings abroad (USA, England, Maldives). It's decided, I am embarking on this activity!
During our first stay in the Seychelles, I discovered the practice of painting in the superb setting of the Alliance Française in Victoria. I never imagined that this discovery would guide me to a new professional life a few years later.