Born in the south of France, Veronique Gambier started to paint on large-scale canvases at the age of 12 under the guidance of French Master Pierre Pallut, developing a strong sense of color and abstraction.
She attended L’école des Beaux Arts de Toulon (College of Fine Art of Toulon) and L’école des Beaux Art de Luminy (Luminy College of Fine Art) in Marseille. Always drawn towards texture as well as color, Gambier chose to pursue a career in Fashion which lead her to Paris, London, and then New York. After working in Fashion, then as a Graphic Designer, Gambier is now committed on a full-time basis to her artwork and has exhibited in the New York area. Gambier’s creative process is inspired by the contradistinctive values of the medium she is using. While working with highly diluted acrylic, she employs a whole-body approach to apply her saturated colors. Gambier strives to create a sense of detachment and repossession through the deconstructing and reconstructing of a painting. This is achieved either by cutting and reassembling, using four separate paintings to create a single work, or by working with multiple surfaces. Gambier seeks to express tension rather than harmony, movement rather than stillness. “For me, balancing light and dark is the pure essence of imagery”. Gambier lives and works in Ghent, NY.
STATEMENT Â· Apertures
I construct most of my work using over-diluted acrylic, ink, or watercolor on paper or canvas. The surface lies horizontally during the process of painting and drying to avoid the effects of gravity. My entire body, arm, hand, and brush flow in a continuous motion to produce my work. I am inspired by the contradistinctive values of the medium I am using and search for the tension within one color. Sensitive to oppositions and extremes, I learned to question the authenticity of what appears at face value and to look below the surface. I strive to create a sense of solidity and fluidity by deconstructing and reconstructing an image. This is achieved by the repetitive, meditative action of creating within one image autonomous effects; the directness of my brushstroke against the rushing and gradual fading of the color towards the white of the background. Within one or multiple brushstrokes, my intention is to suggest intimate but forward movement, a limitless movement in time and space. I seek to express tension in harmony, and movement in stillness. I am looking for what is unrevealed.