Manou Barail

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I was born in Aquitaine in February 1944, near Bordeaux, where I’m still living today.

I've spent my childhood between the city and the ocean, in permanent contact with nature and maritime landscapes.

But my first drawings were always in black and white and found inspiration in the cartoons that my father used to read and in my school books which weren't in colour yet.

Gauguin, Dali and Leonard of Vinci were the first painters who captivated me. The last one remains for my drawing, my ideal reference... but not because of the Joconda!

In 1970, I take part of night schools at the « Beaux Arts de Bordeaux » school, where I discovered nude studies, with rigour but also a meaningful remoteness of academicism.

Between 1986 and 1990, I joined the « Beaux Arts de Bordeaux » school, where I simultaneously attended the colour lessons (3 years), graphic lessons (3 years), volume lessons (2 years), and Engraving lessons (2 years), in a workshop.

To sum up that determinant period, I'll cite one of my teachers: "You came to learn techniques, you'll find ideas."

In 1990, I bought a press to work at home. The private world of Engraving made me live in a bubble for 3 years.

Break in my creations for 10 years while I practiced the Mail Art (still today), which was a vital tie with Plastic Arts.

In 2000, I found inspiration to start again my creations, making synthesis of notes and drawings of my little note-books. I hesitated between painting and engraving.

In 2002, the discovery of photographic paper as a matrix was the trigger to start again engraving. It made expand my gesture possible working on bigger format. This experience gave limited printings, (especially for colour engravings), but the result, near painting, is interesting.

I love experiments, deception and jubilation alternately.

I'm now thinking of painting again...

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