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London: Claudie Bastide @ Hayhill Gallery

Claudie Bastide

7 February – 5 March

In February Hay Hill Gallery presents the first UK solo show of the French painter, photographer and “chair sculptor” Claudie Bastide.

In 1996 Bastide had her first exhibition, which composed of sculptures constructed from chairs. As she recollects “One of my earliest memories as an artist is when I was looking at an old wooden chair I suddenly saw it transformed into a character. That was some sort of a vision which has never left me”.

The works on show will be a mix of paintings from different periods and two “chair sculptures”. In her earlier works Bastide experimented with constructivist ideas, blending geometric forms and blocks of colours in search a true of harmony. In more recent works however, Bastide steps aside from the rigorous geometry and leans towards more spontaneous expression. Bastide explains this change of direction “For some years I have let myself go to a recurring geometrical tendency and I ended up feeling somehow trapped in the shapes.”

In Bastide’s paintings colour is the most important element. It is the starting point and the only planned or preconceived part of a painting “I paint essentially according to my own feelings of a particular colour; I mean that a blue or red or green colour comes over me and I must dive into it until I get saturated with it.” The rest builds up naturally when Bastide lets loose the subconscious creative impulse. Bastide associates herself with the French movement Abstraction Lyrique, not only because she often applies the lessons of Kandinsky in her paintings, but also because of the emotional forces and poetical touch which drive her creativity.

Claudie Bastide
The French artist Claudie Bastide is an international jet-setter. She received formal fine arts training in UCAD Paris (Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs) and in the eighties and nineties ran fashion design studios in Brussels and Mexico City before she finally settled down in Paris. Following her ten years collaboration with a French haute couture icon Pierre Cardin, Claudie finally decided to give up the glamour of the fashion world and dedicate herself to art. She expresses herself in sculpture, painting and photography.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2009 – Exposition des “Agents perturbateurs”: Foundation Taylor, Paris
2008 – “Man in the Urban Geometry” Gallery ExArte, Geneva
2006 – “Rencontre avec Claudie Bastide” gallery Arte Viva, Levallois – Perret, Paris
2005 – “Ecriture de chaises” Halle Saint Pierre, Paris
2004 – “Histoires de zinc” Galerie Saint-Pierre, Limoges
2003 – “Venez avec moi vous asseoir sur les toits” Galerie Arte Viva Levallois – Perret, Paris
2001 – “Rêves de chaises” at CPP ad agency, Paris
2000 – “Le Bihan” Quartier Bastille, Paris
1999 – Chairs and sculpted paintings, Espace Richelieu, Paris


2007 – Gold Prize for the André Parinaud Prize at Espace Châtelet-Victoria
2005 – City Prize from Avon-Fontainebleau for the sculpture-chairs, Contemporary Art Fair, Boisle – Roi
2004 – Silver Medal for the “Arts-Sciences-Lettres” prize.
1998 – Winner of a competition for chair designers and creators organised by Aktuel

Hay Hill Gallery, located on Cork Street, specializes in the sculpture of the famed artist Auguste Rodin and represents a number of internationally recognized contemporary artists. An exhibition of works by Claudie Bastide will be held alongside the sculptures of Auguste Rodin.

For press information and images please contact Alexandra Tuulos,
Hay Hill Gallery, 5a Cork Street, London, W1S 3NY
Tel: 020 7439 1001
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday, 10.30am-6pm

Painter, Jeanne Bessette: Art Sales After December 25th

Many artists’ sales strategy may be to beef up sales and promotions beginning in November and then cut back on those efforts after December 25th. But between the Christmas and New Year holidays this year, Jeanne Bessette sold three paintings to visitors to her personal artist’s website (

Jeanne has a motto– ” Say yes to everything.”  She is open to everything, and that is key!  Two days after New Years day Jeanne received a commission for a 4×4 painting. Her new client had viewed the artist’s very small painting donated to charity fundraiser.
“It’s about networking and building relationships…and because of this motto, (Say yes to everything), I have sold many paintings from connections that I simply did not expect,” Jeanne explained.
Making sales in unexpected ways has happened for her on both the Facebook and LinkedIN social media sites. One buyer read a post on a mutual friend’s Facebook page, followed links and ended up on Jeanne’s site. Once there he fell in love with one of her paintings! He lived nearby, so called the phone number on her website. This led to a studio visit where he made a cash purchase of a nine hundred-dollar painting.

Another art sale came about from a comment Jeanne made in a discussion on LinkedIN.  The buyer checked Jeanne’s LinkedIN profile and followed her link to her site. He liked her art work and called, again from the phone number on her website. The buyer was redecorating his new home with his wife. He was interested in three paintings but bought two because his wife also liked another artist’s work. “He will probably return for more,” Jeanne stated confidently. 

Yet another sale same about recently when a buyer,  who had seen a painting of Jeanne’s in the home of friend,  sent Jeanne an email when she returned home. A conversation developed that led to a sale of a painting.
Artists, Say YES to everything in 2011!