Private Project


This film explores the time during which a painting comes into being and the intriguing threshold between control and surrender, between the artist’s inspiration and the role played by natural forces. Shooting very close, the camera reveals that while the paint follows my instincts, it still maintains its own remarkable autonomy in the real time of the creative process.

Embarking on this Walking Painting series, I completely transformed the brush into an experimental tool to play with the force of gravity and the energy of the body moving directly on top of large stretchers, leading to new dynamic forms.

Certain sequences, captured at 1000 images per second, transform perceptions of time and space. Paint particles with their fleeting choreography circulate as though weightless. Intuitive movement générâtes reliefs and contours after bouncing waves of black eventually come to rest on the canvas, successively sculpting and painting the lines of an abstract landscape.

Original music by Nicolas Namoradze narrates this juxtaposition between forms,
forces and movement.

  • Ghislain Baizeau
  • Fabienne Verdier
  • Ghislain Baizeau
  • Ghislain Baizeau
  • Nicolas Namoradze
  • Grégoire Pontecaille
  • Ned Burgess
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2015
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Director Biography - Ghislain Baizeau

Fabienne Verdier

1962 Born in Paris.
1983 Graduated from Ecole des Beaux-arts de Toulouse.
1984 Awarded a post-graduate scholarship at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China.
1984-1993 Studied painting, aesthetics and philosophy at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute with some of the last great traditional masters.
2003 Publication of Passagère du silence (Passenger of Silence), (Albin Michel, Paris) — a memoir of her years of apprenticeship with Master Huang Yuan.
Hommage aux variations de Yehudi Menuhin entered permanent collection of Musée Cernuschi, Paris.
Solo exhibition at Galerie Ariane Dandois, Paris.
2005 Solo exhibition at Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne, Switzerland.
2007 Publication of monograph Between Heaven and Earth and Entretien avec Charles Juliet, (Albin Michel, Paris).
Four large works commissioned by Hubert Looser Foundation to dialogue with selected American abstract and minimalist artists
from the collection (John Chamberlain, Donald Judd, Willem de Kooning, Ellsworth Kelly and Cy Twombly).
Entered permanent collection of Musée National d’Art Moderne (Centre Pompidou), Paris.
2009 Group exhibition, “Elles@Centre Pompidou”, Musée National d’Art Moderne (Centre Pompidou), Paris.
Solo exhibition, “Peinture”, Galerie Jaeger Bucher, Paris.
2010 Commission of two monumental works for the Palazzo Torlonia, Rome.
Documentary film by Philippe Chancel: Fabienne Verdier: Flux, on the creation of the commissioned works
accompanying publication by Eric Fouache and Corinna Thierolf (Editions Xavier Barral, Paris).

2011 Group exhibition, “Art of Deceleration, from Caspar David Friedrich to Ai Wei Wei”, Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, Germany.
2012 Group exhibition, “My Private Passion – Foundation Hubert Looser”, Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria.
Publication of Fabienne Verdier–Painting Space, by Doris von Drathen (Edizioni Charta, Milano/New York).
2013 Documentary film by Mark Kidel: Fabienne Verdier, peindre l’instant (Fabienne Verdier: Painting the Instant)
produced for France Télévision by Les Films d’Ici, broadcast on France5.
Solo exhibition, “Fabienne Verdier, L’Esprit de la Peinture, Hommage aux Maîtres Flammands”
(Fabienne Verdier:The Spirit of Painting: A tribute to the Flemish Renaissance),Groeninge Museum
and Hans Memling Museum, Bruges, Belgium.
Simultaneous with Bruges exhibitions, solo exhibition “Fabienne Verdier, L’Esprit de la Peinture, Notes et Carnets”, Erasmus House, Brussels.
Collaboration with architect Jean Nouvel for the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) project in Beijing.
Solo exhibition, Art Plural Gallery, Singapore.
Solo exhibition, Galerie Patrick Derom, Brussels.
Group exhibition “The Hubert Looser Collection”, Kunsthaus, Zurich.
Solo exhibition “Energy Fields”, Galerie Jaeger Bucher, Paris.
2014 Solo exhibition “Crossing Signs” Le French May, City Hall, Hong Kong.
Group exhibition “Formes Simples”, Centre Pompidou-Metz.
Group exhibition “Köningsklasse II”, organized by Pinakothek der Moderne of Munich at Herrenschiemsee Palace, Bavaria, Germany.
Commission by Unibail-Rodamco for a monumental work, Majunga Tower, La Défense, Paris.
Artist-in-residence at Juilliard School, New York.
2015 Solo exhibition “L’Œil écoute”, Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne.

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