Léopoldine Roux belongs unquestionably to the generation of 21st-century artists for whom a classical painting practice has become unthinkable.
Léopoldine Roux, born 1979 in France, lives and works in Brussels. She graduated with an honours degree from the Rennes École Supérieure des Beaux-arts in 2002, then passed her Master’s degree with distinction at the Brussels École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre in 2003. Today she holds a multi-disciplinary teaching post at the Académie des Beaux-arts Saint-Gilles in Brussels.
Since 2004, Léopoldine Roux has done a number of artist residencies, notably in Belgium (Brussels 2004 and 2006, and Tournai 2005), in Japan (Tokushima 2007), in China (Beijing 2009) and in France (Paris 2007 and 2012). For more than a decade Léopoldine Roux has exhibited regularly in Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Germany and Australia.
In 2015, for Léopoldine Roux’s first Beirut exhibition, entitled Pink escape, Alice Mogabgab Gallery is pleased to present four series of recent paintings produced in Brussels in 2014 and 2015: Bubble paintings, Colour Suicide, Postcards and Promenades. Promenades received in November 2015 Prix Emma de Cayla-Martin for painting from the Académie Royale des Arts, Belgium.
Anne-Lise Quesnel writes: “Léopoldine Roux composes almost exclusively with the blob, an extremely simplified form, a basic structure repeating itself in the manner of a leitmotiv, and which she develops on a variety of supports, from canvas to paper as well as in monumental installations […]. Seen as an image of the absolute, the blob becomes one with the colors that animate it and make it vibrate in a fascinating aesthetic orchestration […]. Roux’s favorite colors – candyfloss pink, marshmallow green or lemon yellow – metaphorically compare to an overflowing expressiveness in a grand show of joie de vivre. They exert a strong seductive power and evoke nostalgic feelings associated with childhood, making us dream and intensely enjoy the thrill of the artistic experience […]. The continuous renewal of Léopoldine Roux’s approach lends still more effectiveness to her work, which indisputably demonstrates great maturity despite her young age. It is with an extraordinary spontaneity that she ventures off the beaten track while holding on to the fundamental pictorial act. Roux’s artistic motto might be Painting unfettered.”