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A Poem From Antibes- The Nomad-

Posted on December 6, 2020 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)


                                                                                                              The  Nomad, Antibes, 2020. Photography by Gautier


     The Nomad of Antibes


Like the Nomad

Looking out to sea I contemplate

Head in the cloud, illuminated at night,

I play with the seasons

I live in the moment


Like the Nomad

I crossed the ocean

Now visiting my motherland

Why ever declare one is yours

Why not be a citizen of the world


Like The Nomad

I am growing on experiences,

Rather than collecting them as trophies,

I don’t have shelves anymore

I left my belongings


Like the Nomad

There is no frontier I can’t cross

The colorful facades are from another time

Blue sails are scribbling the sea

Children play on the street


Like the Nomad

I stand still

Paradox of this time

By order of law we live in lockdown

Some are reminded of the past


Like the Nomad

I am free


Poem by Isabelle Gautier. Sabbatical/Lockdown2 in France. Dec 2020, Antibes

Why is important to acquire art at the time of the COVID-19?

Posted on May 23, 2020 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (2)

There are many reasons why you would want to buy art. Art can be an investment, a message, a campaign, a decor, either way today more than ever buying art seems the way to go.

Not everybody can afford spending money on a piece of art! I get that, I do. Hey, I can't always afford my art!  but for those who can because they have discretionary funds, because they still have their job, because they have not spend as much during the Stay-at-Home order now is the time.

During the last months you spent a great amount of time inside you house.You probably realized you need to tweak your decor a bit. 

In the up coming months you won't be able or you won't want to spend as much on clothes or you won't eat out as much. You won't really be willing to travel as much. 

Your direct environement is becoming more and more important. Your house, more than ever needs to become YOUR home, a place of recomfort, a place that reflects your personality, a place where you can dream and "virtually travel". A sculpture, a painting could be the  solution, the support for your dream. 

Art galleries are still operating virtually but artists have opened up their studio. They are here to share their message, their dream, their struggle and create what we all share.

Artists for most have been painting a lot during their confinement and their creations is a testimony of our time. A time of fracture, rupture, change we all want to put behind us, but at the same time a time we want to build on, a time of reflection.

This year has been and will be a year of big change for everybody.  Where do we go from here?

To grow from this rupture we need to build on it and not forget. We need a gentle reminder of what went wrong, of what the world before was and see how we can adjust going forward . We need a time of reflection but a time of distraction to.

More than ever we need to pause. Have you ever spend minutes, hours looking at a painting? I have, and my thoughts are not always the same during that process. it is amazing how a painting can hep you escape.

Enjoy art!

#artaftercovid #Artstudioopen #makeyourhousehome #stayathome #besafe #lesstravel 

SITE BROOKLYN: Identity and Expressions

Posted on February 26, 2020 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (1)

PORTRAITS: Identity and Expressions at Site :Brooklyn Gallery , NY

Sometimes you just can't make it to the show where one of your paintings is featured. But the feedback was good and i got that picture.

This painting does not intend to represent a white, yellow, red or black child but rather a portrait of all races at once. This painting with the two words "Purple Child", meaning a child who abused a purple drug substance is titled INDIGO CHILD. An indigo child is a highly creative, free thinker, compassionate, intelligent strong willed child with a strong connection with nature. This painting is created to provoke a shift in people's mind and have them re-think their view and perspective. One must not be quick at judging and categorizing. Appearances are deceiving. People are rarely who they seem to be. Appearance does not matter as much. Color is not a criteria on which we decide who is who.

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Tea Ceremony and meaning of flowers

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (1)

Be careful when you encounter a new culture!!

Recently, I made a faux-pas bringing chrysanthemum to a Chinese ceremony. I am generally aware of the significance of flowers, but this time something went wrong.  :)

As I was attending a tea ceremony at the end of  a Tai Chi  workshop and we were all ready to take photos I saw the white flowers were being removed from the table.

What was the exact significance of white Chrysanthemum in chinese culture?

In Occident chrysanthemums are the flowers of November and for that reason often end up in cemetery. For the longest time the two were strongly associated in my mind. But I have to admit since I moved to the Unted States the mums and maybe specially the yellow daisy became more a symbol of happiness. The secular celebration of Halloween uses it to add colors to the any house and lost a bit of its griefing symbolism.

In  China it is more subtle as the color of the flower is very imporatant.

How can chrysanthemums be symbol- in China-  adversity, lamentation, and/or grief and at the same time symbol of autumn and the flower of the ninth moon, a symbol of longevity because of its health-giving properties?

I went to Wikipedia  and Daily China for  answers and here what they give us. 


Daily China

Because  the COLOR WHITE  is strongly associated with death you should never gift white mums.

No harm was done. Grand Master Zhu Tiancai was gracious.

We removed the white mums and began our photo session...

Chen Tai chi as part of my training

Posted on October 11, 2019 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I have always put a lot of energy into my paintings. But as I began my minimalist series i faced the challenge of representing energy . I KNOW there is energy in a non-moving person, or even in a stone. But, how to represent it ?

This challenge applied also to myself on a personal level. 

Nine months ago, I decided I would take time to learn more about energy  and decided to explore Chen Tai Chi martial art.   

One of the basic exercise in Chen Tai Chi is the "Silk Reeling", an inernal art of high power and energy that you practice with outer movements at the beginning, but that a seasoned practicioner can actually exercise  fully without visible expression in outer movements.

This is a very  important movement that take years to master. I have not been practicing enough yet to even understand it all.

But this week end i will participate in a three day workshop by Grand Master Zhu Tian Cai from Chen Jiagou prov, Henan, China and I am very excited. 

Stay tuned.

#chentaichi #zhutiancai #Silkreeling #energyinArt 

Oct 5th....SAVE THE DATE!!

Posted on September 3, 2019 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (2)

Saturday, October 5th, 2019 from 5:00-9:00pm

You are cordially invited to my home studio/gallery open house in Milton, GA.

Save the date!

I am deeply grateful for your support and interest in my art. A special merci beaucoup to all the people who have bought a painting, giving me confidence and energy over the years.

We will be celebrating the fifteen year anniversary of Isabelle Gautier’s Art.

Good food and wine and great conversations are guaranteed.

#openstudio #artistisabellegautier #isabellegautiersart #contemporaryart  #a stractart #isabellegautiersabstract #portrait 

My trip to Santa Fe, NM

Posted on August 14, 2019 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (1)

I just made my first trip to Santa Fe and it was eye opening. As an artist my primary goal was to be at the Annual International Contemporary Art Show and visit the city.

I arrived the day before the show, roamed around the historical part of the city, fell in love with the warm architecture, human size buildings with a lot of covered pathways where people can walk, and shop in the shade.

In the historical district the walls are made out of sun-dried earth and straw, painted with warm earthy colors. The houses are built in the Spanish Pueblo and territorial style developed and used in the New Mexico Territory from the time of the American occupation in 1846. Many constructions are one story and originally displayed around a courtyard.

You won’t see many gutters but scuppers coming from the flat roofs, jutting out from of the walls from above your head.

The wooden beans which are the structure of the buildings are exposed and stick out of the outside walls or serve as columns for the pathways.

The soft lines of the remarkable ubiquitous architecture, soft brown concrete is in harmony with the urban design and provides a welcome relief from the busy large metropolitan cities.

At first I saw a lot of touristic artifacts but then discovered the high-end art galleries and beautiful clothes shops around the plaza. My first question was: who are the clients here?

I knew Santa Fe was an artistic city, but it is also a secondary home for people from all over the States and particularly for Californians.

People come to Santa Fe for art, the Native American people culture but also for the outdoor. Santa Fe is a hiker's paradise and harbor 23 Tribes, Nations and Pueblos .

 The number and quality of art galleries and sculpture gardens all around the city of Santa Fe itself is very impressive. The most amazing spot is undoubtedly Canyon Road and its dozens and dozens of galleries, right next to each other. Santa Fe Railyard district also has great galleries and museums. One of my favorites was the Fritz gallery, where the Carlos Estrada-Vega and Lea Anderson installations are astonishing.

I have been told the high season in Santa Fe begins Mid-October but the city in July seemed like a permanent art exhibition. People there see, eat, drink and breath art. It is the center of the city economy and its raison d'être. From the architecture to the shopping and diverse population, everything resonates art. Everywhere, be it indoors or outdoors, original private and public art abound.

Santa Fe, this small city nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (7200 feet) is the third largest contemporary art center in the United States, after New York and Los Angeles. Indeed, many of my artist friends are represented in Santa Fe.

I will definitely be back soon. Strongly recommended!

Isabelle Gautier

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Isabelle Gautier's ART now available on Singulart

Posted on August 5, 2019 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (1)

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Posted on July 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (2)

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"KEPPTHECHANNELOPEN" 80x68in originalpainting

Posted on July 1, 2019 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

This is the poem " KEEP THE CHANNEL OPEN , by Martha Graham, read by Meryl Streep that inspired me to paint this artwork

There seems to be no one

on the empty mountain

and yet I

think I hear a voice

where sunlight entering a grove

shines back to me from the green moss

There is a vitality

a life force

a quickening that is translated through you into action

and because there is only one of you in all time

that expression is unique

if you block it

it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost

the world will not have it

it is not your business to determine how good it is

nor how valuable it is

nor how it compares to other expressions

it is your business to keep it yours

clearly and directly

to keep the channel open

You do not even have to

believe in yourself! Or your work!

you have to keep open

and aware, directly, of the

urges that motivate you

Keep the channel open!

No artist is ever pleased

There is no satisfaction whatever at any time

there is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction

a blessed unrest that keeps us marching

and keeps us more alive

than the others

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