A Time For Everything
Béatrice Lebreton is a French native artist, now based in Harlem. Her art imagery speaks of women, spirituality and global connections. Working primarily in acrylic and watercolor paints, she often adds embroidery and media from diverse cultural and historical contexts for a multi-dimensional effect.
Lebreton's art making process has always been driven by storytelling. She finds inspiration in her own multicultural heritage, and explores African and other ancient civilizations for histories and traditions.The juxtaposition of realistic human figures with more metaphorical symbols, shapes and textures is part of her process of building a visual narrative.
Béatrice Lebreton has exhibited at galleries and museums including the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago, Winston- Salem State University, the African American Museum in Dallas and the Ellen Noel Museum in Odessa, Texas. Awards include the Juror’ s Prize at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the People’s Choice Award from the Plano Art Association and the Outstanding Artist Award from the Irving Art Center. Public art installations include two MTA Brooklyn subway stations, as well as commissions for hospitals, hotels, and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. She received a Masters of Fine Art from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris and a Masters in Ethno-aesthetic, majoring in African Art from La Sorbonne University. www.beatriceart.net
2 Series are presented here:
- “For everything there is a season”: This series is inspired by a selection of verses from the book of Ecclesiastes (The Bible) that reflect truths about the variations in life. There is a time for every matter in life as illustrated by the juxtaposition of colors and imagery. I chose to render the verses in the style of Egyptian and African culture by finding symbolic concordances. It shows the relevance of the verses throughout history, spanning different cultures.
- “Paroles d’Eau” (Words from the water) is about the beautiful water spirit Mami Wata, honoring the essential, sacred nature of water. Sacred waters bathe the histories of African peoples (waters of life, departure and return). Mami Wata’s main role is healing. She is also responsible for spiritual growth and maintaining social order, as well as protecting mothers and children, and bringing fertility to both men and barren women. Each figure is coupled with a traditional African mask, reinforcing her power.
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