Born in 1970, Nathalie D’Hénaut is a French artist trained in Fine Arts at la Sorbonne. After graduating in 1992, she entered the audiovisual world. Through this professional experience, the artist rubbed shoulders with a large number of media characters who later nourished her artistic imagination.
However, years later, she decided to revive her love affair it is with her first loves, drawing and painting. Today as an accomplished artist, she is well known in her field: graphic weaving.
Fascinated by lines, the artist offers us a figurative journey in which we are invited to project ourselves. Regarding Identity, her art suggests us to question the otherness through illustrious portraits. For it is indeed by the intermediary of others that the artist questions and materializes the link uniting us all, through this diversity of singularities.
As a formalist of the character’s features, Nathalie D’Hénaut underlines this link and these connections. “These traits become vibrations, waves and bridges between faces, like the invisible links existing between beings, that connect us to each other but that we don’t see. » Now visible, the line that conjugates us in the plural and represents multiformity, simultaneously persists in presenting a kaleidoscope of individualities by means of faces, glances and personalities. These expressive portraits seem to observe us in return.
Nathalie D’Hénaut inherited her love for the line from Giacometti. From this influence, she draws a pronounced taste for sketching. Precision is then illustrated within a whirlwind. The glamorous spirit of her characters counterbalances the sharpness of the pencil, while the often squared formats are balanced by the curves of its line. As the master of the canvas, the random line in Indian ink, bic or acrylic, testifies her style very unique. Indeed, Black and white stimulates each other. The black stirs the white while the spaces in reserve sharpen the black. Although she started hesitantly, Nathalie D’Hénaut has now become familiar with colour. As if projected on the canvas, it underlines and highlights the intensity of her line.
In short, an atmosphere and a tight framing characterize her work full of encounters of a painter who has the gift of observing her fellow citizens.