October 13 (Friday) 6:00 pm - January 3 (Wednesday) 8:00 pm
First Thursdays with Annette Poitau will be on December 9, 2017 from 6:00–8:00 PM. This free event is taking placing at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science in
First Thursdays with Annette Poitau will be on December 9, 2017 from 6:00–8:00 PM. This free event is taking placing at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science in downtown Evansville, Indiana.
First Thursdays are open to the public for free with an opportunity to meet the artist and converse with him/her about their artwork and inspirations. There will be appetizers and a cash bar.
The impressive results of Annette Poitau’s painting process are the organic qualities of the paint and reflections of nature in the pigment. Suspending the oil paint in varnish and turpentine, she pours the paint on a canvas that has a base composition painted as a wash or an impasto. She allows the pigmented mediums to flow and blend under their own viscosity by gently rolling the canvas to direct the paint and then redirecting it. Each layer is allowed to dry before another layer is added. Some of the layers are translucent enough to allow the layers below to be seen and some areas of thicker paint applications will cause some paint to pool. The method and pigmentation of her paintings is reminiscent of the formation and appearance of earth.
Of her work Poitau writes: “Every painting is a sort of intimate dance with matter and primordial gestures, a dialogue between my will and the chemical reaction of the colors, their disappearance and their reemergence in new incarnations. The paintings reveals itself with time. It makes its own sense, discovers its soul.”
Annette Poitau was born in Saint-pol-sur-Ternoise, France. Her art education began in Belgium at the Institut Saint Luc, Tournai were she earned her Bachelor of Arts. She then went on to Lycée Technique d’Etat Textiles et Arts Appliquée, Roubaix and Ecole Nationale Supérieure es Arts Décoratifs, Paris where she received her Master of Fine Arts. She also studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York.
Throughout her artistic career, Poitau has received many awards and recognitions. Her MFA was presented as Awarded with Distinction in 1989 and following she gained a 2 year residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. 1993-1994, she had a solo exhibition traveled to 7 cities sponsored by the General Council of the Department of Pas-de-Calais, France, and a 1994 residency with L’EPAC. By 2004 in Pacifica, California, she had an art studio at the Sanchez Art Center for the next four years. Currently, Poitau has settled in Oberlin, Ohio. She has continued to earn many various awards for her artwork. As quite the established artist, she has had many solo exhibitions and her work is in many public and private collections.