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"I don't want to be a flowerpot" - A celebration of the art of Agnes Trachet

Anna Shaw Anna Shaw 7358 posts

Agnès Trachet

We are honoured to have Agnes as our Pink Panther featured artist. Agnès is a truly lovely person. She is also an artist of national repute in France where she lives. She has exhibited widely, had her work published, been successful in art competitions and to top it all, is passionate about women’s rights.

Agnès art is an explosion of colour and emotion. Some of her art is humorous and irreverent. Other works are intense and powerful. All are epitomised by her unique style and distinctive use of brushes, strokes and colour.

Agnès’ story can be read below, and prepare to be as surprised as I was to discover that English is her second language. She writes better English than I do.

This is Agnès story.

I am a French painter but I rather consider myself as a woman who paints and so enjoys doing this. I started painting 15 years ago just because I had the opportunity to take watercolors lessons where I was spending my holidays. I appreciated this so much that I decided to continue when I went back home. So did I during seven years with two different teachers. The first taught me the basis – techniques colors. The second – a talented abstract painter – taught me just to look, to see the amazing of a splash or a line : he just opened my eyes and I am so grateful for that. He thought I had an instinct for composition and colors.

After three years with him, he said he didn’t want to see me anymore, that he had nothing else to teach me… We are friends now and I always admire his work !
So I went my way, experimenting other mediums such as inks, regular and fluid acrylics and anything I could paint with even completely unexpected tools.

When I start painting, I rarely have an idea of what is going to happen: I think I just use the impressions some atmospheres gave me and emotions I have just kept in my heart… So my works exactly represent me and I am so happy when they are able to touch the viewer.

Pushed by my family and friends I began to exhibit my works in my town in Amiens and its surroundings but also in the Parisian region. I was surprised to get a 7th place on more than 300 works for a challenge in Paris and awarded several prizes in magazines. Positive comments on artistic forums also encouraged me to build a website. I am always so thankful to all the artits friends or visitors who have the kindness to sign my guestbook !

I registered on Redbubble in April 2010 and received such a warm welcome here ! I met so many friends and got such sensitive and pertinent comments !

I am very grateful Anna and Sybille made me the “featured Artist of January” of the PPM ! It’s so encouraging !
I have worked a lot on women, trying to convey emotions, feelings, suffering… Even through my humouristics works I try to denounce discrimination or stereotypes women have to deal with… Maybe it’s the reason why I also have been chosen as an “honor guest” for a future exhibition organized by “Femmes Solidaires” in March. I am very honored and glad to speak my own voice through my works in this show.

I hope my papers, canvas, colors and brushes I sometimes “tyrannize” will keep on obeying me ! Maybe I look severe but they do know how much I love them.

I think this work’I don’t want to be a flower pot’depicts the lack of consideration ‘some women have to endure.


I don’t want to be a flower pot!
by agnès trachet

Sybille and I are going to start off this Feature by each choosing our favourites out of Agnès’ porfolio. PLEASE ADD YOUR FAVOURITES HERE TOO AND MAKE THIS A WONDERFUL MONTH FOR AGNES.

My first choice is “At The Museum”. I chose this because I felt I could relate to the emotions I see here – and because I feel as if I am growing nearer and nearer to becoming a museum piece myself. LOL


at the museum
by agnès trachet

“Ballerina is one of my all time favourites and is a comment on the weight focussed culture of our society. It is full of humour, poignancy and pathos. It is fabulous.


ballerina
by agnès trachet

“The Boss” is another highly charged and emotional work, rich in colours and form, and is a comment on the imbalance of power at work. In Agnès own words “I tried to convey the effervescence of the work at the office and the height of the boss against the employee.”


the boss
by agnès trachet

Agnès has a series of paintings, known as “The Wink Series”. They have all to be seen, both for their wicked sense of humour, but also for the exquisite sense of person that she conveys in each one. They make me want to laugh and cry at the same time.


smoker
by agnès trachet

“Sorry – I was just taking a bath..” makes me laugh out loud at the sheer fun. But notice how she has again managed to convey this sense of a real person inside the humour.


sorry!..I was just taking a bath..
by agnès trachet

“Flower Woman” is again, another humorous artwork which I simply love.


flower woman!
by agnès trachet

“Offering” – simply explosive and wonderful.


offering
by agnès trachet

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The following six are Sybille’s choices. I am delighted that she has chosen a mix of Agnèe’ portraits and landscapes as all together they give an indication of the wide range of Agnès’ work. She has created a whole society of characters in these wonderfully poignant portraits. By contrast, her landscapes are deep, rich and mysterious, always hinting at much more than the scene itself.

I love the depth of the colours and the feeling almost of arrogance and majesty about this one.


Joséphine
by agnès trachet

This one caught my eye because of the striking colours and the simplicity of the curves and lines, together the colours and lines make for one arresting image.


Blanche
by agnès trachet

There’s something so ‘of the moment’ about this painting. Someone caught in a moment of deep emotion, which makes this a very touching and beautiful portrait for me.


Louise
by agnès trachet

I just love, love, love the colours in this one and the way the textures and colours complement one another. Fabulous.


dream of sea
by agnès trachet

Again, the combination of colour and textures is just fabulous and the title says it all. This really is between the sky and sea.


between sky and sea
by agnès trachet

Another of these deceptively simple images which none-the-less carry so much emotion and feeling within the deep colours and the softness of the texture.


three lights
by agnès trachet

There’s an amazing variety to Agnès art – from amazing portraits to landscapes to still lifes and abstracts – each one is intricate with a great sense of colour and texture. The more I look at her art the more it entices me to look again. Fabulous and a well deserving featured artist.

Anna Shaw Anna Shaw 7358 posts

Please add your favourite works from Agnès’ gallery here. We will feature a selection of your choices at the end of the month.

Berns Berns 2864 posts

Incredible works Agnes, very many congrats on the well deserved honour, you are a talent to be in awe of!

Arco Iris  R Arco Iris R 327 posts

I do like this one though I must say I love them All. Contratulations Agnes

I hope I’m correct that I’m permitted to add this pieace of her’s here.

BettyHermann BettyHermann 4716 posts

I love ALL of Agnes’s work!!!

She is one of the wonderfully talented artists here on RB who I admire very, very much.

Becasue I can’t bring in her whole portfolio…LOL…here are 3 of my FAVORITES:
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light
by agnès trachet

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untitled
by agnès trachet

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the walk
by agnès trachet

Congratulations Agnes for your ART!…and THANK YOU for sharing it with us!
Each of your work is full of emotion and sensitivity; a delight to the eye and soul.
You deserve very much to be spotlighted and celebrated…:)
Warm and heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS again!!!

Elisabeta Hermann

H Maria Perry H Maria Perry 4327 posts

What a brilliant selection of art! Agnès Trachet you are a talent without equal! Thank you for sharing your profound and moving art with us!

FilleDeLEau FilleDeLEau 58 posts

She is very talent and creative! Love her work!
This is my fav from her

Anna Shaw Anna Shaw 7358 posts

OH WOW!!! Fabulous choices coming in – Thank you all our darling sisters.

xx

autumnwind autumnwind 7658 posts

Thank you for introducing and featuring this brilliant artist! I am overwhelmed by
her amazing talent! I cannot choose a fav because they are all better than the next! So I will choose the lovely lady herself and can only link as I am technically inept!

(Anna says – I have added the image for you Shar)

autumnwind autumnwind 7658 posts

Apologies. apologies!! Correct link:
Let the festivities begin!


let the festivities begin!
by agnès trachet

Anna Shaw Anna Shaw 7358 posts

What a great image of Agnès dear Shar.

xx

Elizabeth Bravo Elizabeth Bravo 5562 posts

Agne`s, I just love love your work!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! What a well deserved feature artist. Each and every one makes me stop and gaze and keep on gazing. Wonderful choice Anna and the Pink Panther Group!!
BRAVO!!!
I have been so busy with the holidays…..have to get my redbubble hat back out again!!
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and Let the New Year begin with a bang!!!

agnès trachet agnès trachet 128 posts

Anna and Sybille you made me a great honor and pleasure!!thank you so much for your beautiful comments about my works!!i am happy!!!!!!

thank you so much Berns!!!

thank you so much Iris!!when I look at Suzie I think there is lot of my youth in it!!

Elisabeta!how kind of you to say!!many many thanks!!!

Hm Bascom you touched me!thank you very much!!

fille de l’eau(sorry I don’t know your name..)thank you very much!I appreciate!!

Shar a bisou for you!!!

mttmaliha mttmaliha 1387 posts


happy new year!
by agnès trachet

mttmaliha mttmaliha 1387 posts

Beautiful :-)))

Anna Shaw Anna Shaw 7358 posts

Thanks so much Elizabeth & Maureen too. I love that one Maureen.

Agnes, please do add any of your images here that you would like us to see and may be learn more about you and your art.

xx

agnès trachet agnès trachet 128 posts

big thanks Elizabeth and Maureen!!!so glad to see you here!!!

Berns Berns 2864 posts

I LOVE the intensity and starkness here! Hugs Agnes

homeartist homeartist 75 posts

Such beautiful work Agnes, I love your ballerina and " I don’t want to be a flower pot’ painting, women are sometimes treated as nothing more than window dressing. Beautiful rendition of feminine woes.

agnès trachet agnès trachet 128 posts

thank you so much Berns for choosing my ‘Adrien’!I have lot of tenderness for it!

thank you very much for your thoughts and comments homeartist!I appreciate!!

agnès trachet agnès trachet 128 posts

something else for you Anna,Sybille..and the others
maybe she thinks she is important and beautiful with her jewels and her fur coat …I think she despises us..so is Gaby!!

DragonFlyer DragonFlyer 2263 posts

What a superb choice for “featured artist” – thank you Anna and Sybille for introducing me to Agnes and her wonderful, wonderfully emotive and also beautiful work!
I cannot believe that I had not found her work until now!
So so many wonderful artworks – so many I would choose already here!

Ok – I could just say “everything”, but that’s just easy. So -

“Bust” – as if so simply extremely feminine, and proud of it – but also incredibly complex. This painting also has something in it that makes me want to cry…

and to add another – “Countess”

I find the incredible complexity of character and emotion, also such a powerful awareness of possibly things past and gone, so so much I sense in this image that it is simply astounding

VenusOak VenusOak 630 posts

Congratulations Agnes…..I am a huge fan of your work. I still remember the first time I came across your work here on RB….it was “The Boss”…..such an exciting and interesting work.
Another of my all time favourites is

and

wonderful wonderful work.

Tammera Tammera 1221 posts

I JUST LOVE THE FREEDOM IN THIS PIECE…

THE SILENCE AND SOLITUDE OF THIS SPEAKS ABOUT LONLINESS TO ME. BUT THE BRIGHT COLORS AND TABLE GIVE IT A FEEL OF HOPE…

THIS ONE REMINDS ME OF PLAYING MUSICAL CHAIRS AS A CHILD…

ALL OF THE WORKS OF AGNES ARE SO POWERFUL AND FILLED WITH EMOTION THROUGH COLOR AND COMPOSITION. AN ARTIST I MAY NOT HAVE EVER SEEN IF NOT FEATURED HERE AT PINK PANTHER…SO THANK YOU FOR PRESENTING HERE TO ME…:)