Frédéric Belaubre in his studio

Artist's Profile: Frédéric Belaubre

Exclusively on "Maliaria" - the interview with a living French artist Frédéric Belaubre
Frédéric Belaubre (b. 1958, Marseilles) is a French painter, who lives and works in Paris. Belaubre works with various mediums such as pencil, oil paint and India ink. His portfolio consists of abstract pieces, portraits, and figurative paintings. Paintings by Belaubre are sophisticated and engaging

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?

Apart from a certain "figurative" period, my work is not based on a particular subject. I am searching for beauty and balance, following my temperament.

Tête de vie 2

Tête de vie 2, 2014, ink on paper

How did you first get interested in your medium, and what draws you to it specifically?

Each medium has its possibilities, and its limits. From the technical point of view I try to push the boundaries to discover, sometimes, new means of expression.

Metafigure 25, 2008

Metafigure 25, 2008, oil on canvas

How has your style and practice changed over the years?

My style has changed in a way that, after having tried many possibilities, a sort is done. My actual style, thus my choices, is a manifestation of my needs and my competence.

Le chat tigré

Le chat tigré, 2015, India ink on Paper

Can you walk us through your process? Do you begin with a sketch, or do you just jump in? How long do you spend on one work? How do you know when it is finished?

I don't have a rule. I just begin... Often many paintings pre-exist in my mind... Often there is a battle on the canvas to make the essential appear.

Portrait 18C16

Portrait 18C16, 2018, Oil, India ink, Ink, Pigments on Paper

Who are your favorite artists?

I like the artists who understand the meaning of the shadow and the light.

Levantine Centauresse

Levantine Centauresse, 1996, Oil on Canvas

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