Anne Emery – Biography

Anne Emery – Yoyo MAEGHT

Anne Emery, born in Ivry-sur-Seine in 1958, is a Franco-Swiss artist who lives and works in Paris.

She trained at the National School of Applied Arts and Crafts in Paris from 1974 to 1978, then at the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris from 1983 to 1986.
Under the tutelage of her aunt Denise Emery, Anne Emery participated in the Federal Fine Arts Prize. This allowed him to be a resident at the Rome institute in 1998, ensuring him enormous success in Switzerland.

His artistic expression encompasses various mediums such as oil painting, mixed media, acrylic painting, video art, as well as painting and photography. His artistic approach explores the border between the figurative and the abstract, while continually questioning the notion of time. Through the juxtaposition and fusion of video images, she creates montages and sequences devoid of narrative content, thus promoting a free circulation of the gaze. Fragments emerge in the work, acting as reminiscences of the past and creating an oscillation between past and present.

Anne Emery often begins her work by referring to famous paintings and presents her paintings in the form of diptychs. A distinctive feature of his work is the use of colors, which breathes a special liveliness into his creations. 

The triptych of times - The present of the present acrylic on canvas - 65 x 50 cm - 2023

The triptych of times - The present of the present acrylic on canvas - 65 x 50 cm - 2023

My work revolves around different aspects: painting before the event, color as a medium of connection between the sensitive and the intelligible, intriguers (elements of color) as a factor of questioning and instability.

For a long time I didn't dare to see anything. I looked but in a veiled way, I did not feel the right to touch the reality that was imposed on me. This is certainly why things that are too fixed scare me and why I don't want to paint them.

I was born, like everyone else, with a fabricated story. For a long time I felt small among the big guys, then I realized that the scales of values, importance and greatness do not exist. What exists are particularities everywhere.

Swiss and French, I live and work in Paris. My mediums are painting, video, photography and drawing.

How do we see?
How do you say?

The description carries within it a form of violence and often legitimizes only one view, only one moment. In my painting, I always place myself before the event, not in the present which is too descriptive. My work is neither abstract nor figurative but goes from one to the other.

In this idea, color accompanies me because it is both sensitive and intelligible. She describes the objects: “a pink dress”, but she also sheds light on our feelings: “a dark air”. She is flexible and always in motion. Its material, both invisible and physical, breaks categories, and offers a capacity for circulation. It “virtualizes” the world to connect spaces to each other according to constantly changing criteria.

“Intriguers” are decorative elements that I use in my work. These “non-talkative” elements represent nothing but raise questions. They disrupt habits and cause instability. With them I move the color into reality and replace it in my painting

Herbarium shade 6 - 22 x 27 cm - acrylic and oil on canvas 2022
Herbarium shade 6 - 22 x 27 cm - acrylic and oil on canvas 2022

Individual exhibitions

– Montigny le Bretonneux Conservatory of Arts – 2023
– Anne Emery – The time of color with Marcel Proust, Galerie 2.13pm, Bougival – 2023
– Galerie du Lendemain, Alice and the intriguers, Paris – 2022
– Galerie Mondapart, Living on the edge of the world, Boulogne – 2020
– Galerie Chantal Bamberger, Strasbourg – 2019
– Gallery 2.13pm, La Celle Saint Cloud – 2016
– Susanna Rüegg Gallery, Zurich – 2016
– Lasécu, contemporary art space, Lille – 2015
– Galerie Chantal Bamberger, Strasbourg – 2014
– WE SUISSE#2 – Galerie Omnibus and Galerie Jean Greset, Besançon – 2013
– Charlotte Norberg Gallery, Paris – 2011
– Charlotte Norberg Gallery, Paris – 2009
– Galerie Susanna Rüegg edition & poetry, Zurich – 2009
– Galerie Susanna Rüegg edition & poetry, Zurich – 2007
– Mediatheque, Saint Grégoire – 2004
– Stephan Witschi Gallery, Zurich – 2004
– Swiss Embassy, ​​Paris – 2002
– Espace Confluences, Paris – 2001
– Art & Heritage Gallery, Paris – 1999
– Galerie des Amis des Arts, Neuchâtel, Switzerland – 1985
– Galerie Suisse, Paris – 1985

Collective exhibitions

– 75th Contemporary Art Biennial, Museum of Fine Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds - 2023
– “En chemin”, a look at the landscape, Galerie du Lendemain, Paris -2023
– POP-UP GALERIES – Fondation Fernet-Branca – Galerie Chantal Bamberger, Saint-Louis – 2022
– Affordable ArtFair, Galerie Cécile Dufay, Brussels, Belgium – 2021
– 74th biennial, A brief history of the margins, Museum of Fine Arts of La Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland – 2021
– FATart ARTfair, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, 2021
– FATart Artfair, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, 2020
– FATart women in art, Shaffhausen – 2019
– Collective privacy – Enroute Susanna Rüegg, Stäfa – 2019
– Eclore, Gallery 2.13pm, Bougival – 2019
– FATart, ARTfair Schaffhausen, Switzerland – 2018
– Hi September, Galerie Vitrine 65, Paris – 2018
– FATart “it’s time to get fat”, Artmuc, Munich, Germany – 2018
- What's new ? Gallery 2.13pm, Bougival – 2018
FRUEHLINGSERWACHEN, Galerie Susanna Rüegg, Zurich – 2017
– Lasécu, contemporary art space, Lille – 2016
– START, European contemporary art fair, Strasbourg – 2016
– To Remember, Galerie Susanna Rüegg, Zurich – 2015
– 71st contemporary art biennial, La Chaux-De-Fonds – 2013
– She's a rainbow – Galerie jean Greset, Besançon – 2013
– The gallery delivered to the artists, Duos – Galerie Charlotte Norberg, Paris – 2012
– 70th contemporary art biennial, La Chaux-de-Fonds – 2012
– 5th Armorican biennial of contemporary living art, Saint Brieuc – 2011
– 8th edition of the International Visual Art Festival – Summer of the Arts – 2011
– DRAWNING NOW Paris – Galerie Charlotte Norberg, Paris – 2011
– Just passing through – Le 19, contemporary art center, Montbéliard – 2010
– 69th contemporary art biennial, La Chaux-de-Fonds – 2010
– SLICK Paris – Galerie Charlotte Norberg, Paris – 2009
– Small Formats, Galerie Charlotte Norberg, Paris – 2009
– Jeanne Lombard exhibition, Neuchâtel Museum of Art and History – 2008
– Room 01, Everydaygallery, Paris – 2008
– Room 00, Everydaygallery, Paris – 2008
– 68th Biennial of Chaux-de-fonds – 2007
– Saint Grégoire, Grand prize for painting – 2003
– Lexmark Art Prize. Milan Triennale – 2004
– Saint Grégoire, Grand prize for painting – 2003
– Curraint d’ajer, Art in Engiadina Bassa, Nairs, Switzerland – 1999
– Young Creation, Espace Eiffel Branly, Paris – 1998
– Voi siete qui, Ex Cartiera, Rome – 1998
– Salon of young painting, Espace Eiffel Branly, Paris – 1998
– One day meetings, Espace Paul Ricard, Paris -1998
– Salon de Montrouge, town of Montrouge – 1998
– Federal Competition of Fine Arts, Basel, Switzerland – 1997
– Center for Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland – 1997
– Federal Competition of Fine Arts, Montreux, Switzerland – 1996
– She who got naked in front of her loved one, Galerie Alessandro Vivas – 1996
– November in Vitry, town of Vitry – 1995

Price

– Katrin Bechtler Collection, ChemicalmoonBaby, Zurich, 2019
– Residency at the Swiss Institute in Rome – 2006
– Maloja Residence, Switzerland – 2004
– Special prize of the jury of the 17th Grand Prix de Peinture de Saint-Grégoire-2003
– Working grants from the UBS Foundation for Culture, Switzerland – 2001
– Nairs Residence, Switzerland – 1999
– Prize of the Young Painting Salon, Paris – 1998
– Resident of the Swiss Institute in Rome – 1997/1998
– Winner of the Federal Fine Arts Competition, Basel, Switzerland – 1996
– Public collection: Federal Office of Culture, Bern, Switzerland – 1996
– Creation assistance, DRAC Ile de France, Paris – 1996

 

Paintings constructed between abstraction and figuration. Perfect compositions.