Bertille de Baudinière at Resobox Japanese Gallery presents her Green Earth paintings from 1989 in Tokyo together with her recent work in New York on the same theme. Her earlier work was inspired by the inherent harmony with nature found in Japanese culture. Twenty years later, Bertille looks at this idea differently, in light of a growing environmental crisis and in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.
In Baudinière ‘s original series of paintings, Green Earth refers to “a Nihonga pigment of the same name. Symbol of the link that unites man and nature, Green Earth celebrates the cosmic dimension of Japanese Buddhism, the essential idea that man and the smallest part of grass are both part of a whole….. The artist paints the ideal space of a harmonious universe, of a calm living organism.”1
Her recent work takes a broader view of “ Green Earth”. Baudinière writes :
The recent anniversary of the tsunami and Fukushima disaster made me aware of my time in Japan where I completed in 1989 my Green Earth series of paintings.
My exhibit “Green Earth “ is a continuation of my research during the 1980’s when global warming was not a real issue. Even if Japan was already covered with electric wires, the landscape of this island was paradise and the essence of beauty.
1. Elisabeth Lievre-Crosson, “Blue Earth”, retrospective catalogue, 2005
Part of the proceeds from the art sales in the exhibition will be donated to JEN, non-governmental organization for the victims of Tsunami and Earthquake happened in Japan 2011. Thank you for the support of Ms. Keiko Kiyama and Ms. Hamasaka from JEN.
本展での作品売り上げの一部は東日本大地震被害者支援のために特定非営利活動法人ジェン（JEN – 担当：木山氏・浜坂氏）に寄付されます。
Photos from the Opening Reception
About the Artist
Bertille de Baudinière
Painter, Bertille de Baudinière, was born in Saint Malo, France. She received her diploma from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris in 1982. In 1986, she was granted a research scholarship by the Japanese government to attend the National University of Music and Arts in Tokyo. Additionally, she got her MFA in painting from there in 1990.
Over the course of her creative career, Baudinière has distinguished herself and her work with an aesthetic practice on three continents through its diverse nature and the integration of social issues in her art. She has always tried new ways to express her creative interests. She experiments with new techniques and uses different mediums in order to explore recurring themes in the work. This keeps it new and exciting; which is evident in her current Green Earth exhibit. The work is colourful, vibrant and powerful.
This active creative approach has led to interest in Baudinière’s work from many different audiences in different places all over the world. She has exhibited internationally at galleries and museums including the Islip Art Museum, Long Island; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha; Tomura Gallery, Tokyo; Fondation des Etats-Unis, Paris; Zurdorfer Wehrturm Museum, Cologne; and Salon d’automne in China amongst others. The result of this is that her art has been seen and acquired by many. Baudinière’s work is in the following collections: the Museum of Landau, Germany; Fondation Danielle Mitterand; Bemis Center; Fondation des Etats-Unis; and the General Confederation of Labor in France.
The artist has been reviewed and featured in various publications such as Nice-Matin, the Omaha World Herald and the Cologne Stadt-Anzeiger. She was also featured in the Unesco Editions Collections. Her paintings have appeared in three issues of Le Monde Diplomatique, including the abstract acrylic, Violence, used as the cover illustration after the September 11 attacks in the United States.
In addition to painting, Baudinière has completed other kinds of projects within her oeuvre. For example, she designed the set for Antonin Artaud’s, Le Samourai in Tokyo in1988. She has also completed many videos in conjunction with her exhibits. The most recent of which was Blue earth in 2011.
Finally, throughout her career Baudinière has been active in bringing art to a wider audience. She has organized many group shows for fellow artists and she has taught art to children, and adults. She is currently serving as the curator of Green Queens, an environment-themed postcard project at the L.I.C. Kids’ Art Festival.