French artist Anaïs Boileau (b. 1992) was raised under the blue skies and strong sun of
the south of France, among the vineyards of the garrigue near the Roman city of Nîmes.
By reframing and recreating the landscape and the objects that she finds in her native
land, she looks to create !moments of joy” through her work – a space for us to breathe in
a world that can so often feel heavy.
My work is about going back to something very simple, very present”
Her focus is on colour, light, shape and form, as she plays and experiments at the
boundaries between abstraction and reality, painting and photography, using the
outdoors and the dark shadows of the bright midday sun as her creative studio.
Her first, award-winning series, Plein Soleil (2014), features majestic portraits of sunworshipping
women on the beaches of the Mediterranean, shot in the same style as the
local architecture. The colours are vibrant. The light stark. And the geometric shapes
softened by the tangly vegetation.
La Grande Motte (2019) is the start of her experiment with collage. Here, she mixes cutouts
of her own and archive images, with digital brushwork to re-render the geometric
forms and pyramidal structures of the architecture of the futuristic-looking seaside resort
of La Grande-Motte into a new exotic universe. My process is to experiment, to build, to create – and to create something
attractive” For her series Soleil Brûlant (2022), which she produced at the family farmhouse over the
pandemic lockdowns, she collected and salvaged paper, plants, fabrics and materials,
objects long forgotten in the loft, or found in the garden, to, in a different way, play and
explore with colour, light, shape and form.
From this more figurative work emerged her latest ongoing series, where she uses
brushwork (pastels, paint and China ink) directly on her prints to create unique pieces –
organic, almost floral works of the imagination.
Anaïs lives between Paris and Nîmes, alternating between her artistic projects and
photographic commissions for the likes of Le Monde, M magazine, The Wall Street
Journal and The Financial Times. She also works with brands including Hermès, and
LVMH for their Journées Particulières, showcasing the diversity of métier and savoir-faire
at LVMH Maisons.
She studied photography at the Lausanne art school ECAL (graduating 2014) and at
Central Saint Martins in London (2017).
She is part of Futures, the Europe-based photography platform, having been nominated
by the Centre Photographique Rouen Normandie in 2022.