Chantal Lallemand

Painter

I was born in Gevrey-Chambertin (Bourgogne) in 1960, the daughter of a businessman father and a wardrobe mistress mother, the second in a family of six children. Owing to my father’s profession, I lived all over France as I grew up. I live today in Normandy, where my family finally settled down in 1975.

I had the good fortune to have a mother with a deeply developed artistic sense. Since she was both a painter and costume designer, the house was always full of her art. Paintings, easels, tubes of paint, and brushes were omnipresent throughout the dwelling, wherever we happened to live. She bequeathed to me several of her passions, including gold-thread   embroidery and painting.

I worked for around twenty years as a Registered Nurse, which brought me into contact with my future husband Pierre, who was a physical therapist, an osteopath, and a Taī Ji Quan/Qi Gong instructor. We married in 1984, and our daughter Marie-Charlotte was born a couple of years later.

I had a very successful professional career, being eventually hired as Director of a local nursing home, then promoted to Regional Director and finally to the top group of executives of the whole company, one of the most important in its branch in France.

My professional activity was abruptly brought to an end three years ago for reasons of health. Encouraged by my team of doctors, I immersed myself in theater, helping me to regain confidence in myself and opening the door to an artistic environment that I had neglected during the long years of work in the nursing home profession.

I had always enjoyed painting, and during this period I began to feel the need to use painting as a means of expression, and this is how the collection “Echoes” was born. I rediscovered with my painting a sense of well-being and creative energy that has been a kind of salvation in a dark time.

I quickly set aside my brush, because I found it frustrating not to feel the paint and canvas under my touch. I experimented with different techniques for two years and now only paint with my hands, fingers, and fingernails, working with acrylic paint.

I paint while listening to music, and my technique is subjected to its rhythm. All my work is based on movement and a compulsion to bring colors to the fore. I work in different formats, but it is the large canvases that bring me the most satisfaction (32 X 48 / 42 X 58), because the larger the canvas is, the deeper and more interesting the movement becomes. I place my canvas on the ground and move around it on my knees.

My painting is abstract and my creativity in synch with my emotions. It is always my emotion that guides my movements when I paint, and it is the driving force behind my work today. I feel great pleasure when someone looks at my canvas and feels my emotion. . .

One day, missing the pleasure of embroidering, I experimented with sewing tiny glass beads onto the canvas when my painting was finished, developing the colors of the beads as I had those of my painting. I began by sewing just a few dozen beads and finished, today, with paintings that contain thousands of them (the largest having more than 20,000). For certain paintings, the beads are sewn on one by one in order to produce the desired visual effect, requiring me to spend up to five months on a single painting! I am often asked why I subject myself to this incredibly painstaking work, when I could simply glue the pearls on. The answer is simple: my goal is to achieve the effect I am seeking while assuring that the complete set of pearls stand the test of time. Moreover, sewing the pearls on allows me to place them securely on parts of the painting that are in relief and to be in a quasi-meditative state, outside time, during this activity.

In the course of my work, I enjoy experimenting with materials that are out of the ordinary in the world of painting. I may, for instance, mix on my color palette different types of glitter, bread flour, powdered sugar, brown sugar, or sand.

In 2020 my works will be exhibited at the International Salon of Contemporary Art at the Porte de Versailles in Paris and in Monaco, as well as at the Salon of Independent Artists at the Grand Palais in Paris, at the Carrousel of the Louvre Museum, at the Demarez Gallery and Gallery 60 in Giverny, at the Salon ArtExpo in New York, and at the Roz and Winkler Gallery in Barbizon.

My technique always provokes many questions, and many visitors are moved by the emotions they experience in examining my paintings (and this is very important to me). Through the colors and brightness of my works, I attempt to bring a touch of enchantment and magic to an often somber reality. . .

My Painting

By painting with my hands, I establish a close relationship with the canvas as if I were engaged in a kind of massage. The paint is akin to an ointment that I apply by working it into the fabric of my canvas. . .

The contact with the paint produces within me a meditative state. The movements of my hands are guided by the rhythm of the music that always accompanies the creative process for me.

Painting helps me to reinforce my positive emotions and purge my negative ones by transforming them on the canvas into something that I find beautiful. . .

Since my esthetic vision combines the beautiful and the bright, I feel the need to enhance the majority of my paintings by sewing on beads of glass and applying golden powders.

The artistic choice of the bead’s form, its size, and its color is as important as the choice of the acrylic paint that I use.

The original color is always inspired by my emotions of the moment and may evolve in the course of my work on that piece. It achieves its final state as my emotions work themselves out.

Contemplating my paintings while listening to music produces a sensual voyage in which the shimmering of the colors and their brilliance transport us into an enchanted world where people may give free rein to their imagination. The infinitely interlacing motifs lead us into Daedalus’s labyrinth, or we may surf on waves in the galaxy, then follow the movement of troubled waters along a seashore until we come upon an imaginary bestiary featuring—why not ?— the Minotaur. . .

Have a nice trip…

Another look at my work….

Christophe Kohn

Chantal discovered a passion for painting a little over a year ago. With each new painting, my pleasure of the eyes is delighted. Fluidity, colour and originality emerge from his creations. The most extraordinary thing is that she paints them with her fingers as her only creative instrument. I am fortunate to have three of her creations at home that she has offered me for my pleasure.

It is sure, you will be captivated by his creations, I am sure, very good discovery…..

Christophe Kohn
M. CAILLOUX

I have been following Chantal LALLEMAND’s work for several months. The evolution of his paintings never ceases to surprise me. Only with his hands guided by music and his overflowing inspiration, a real strength and sensitivity emerge. Increasingly refined gradients raised and expressed behind (sometimes) the escape of multitudes of small pearls.

Everything is screamed with meticulous attention to detail. There is magic and passion in the spirit of these paintings. Moreover, this unstoppable and talented Artist puts her talent to the benefit of an association.

RESPECT!!!!!

Many more paintings to discover in the coming months.

M. CAILLOUX
Sylvie du lot

Our choice was made on a triptych in red and black tones, all worked with a meticulous work of pearls. the rendering on our wall, in our contemporary house is of the most beautiful effect.

We plunged back into temptation for a second canvas; always in red tones: Storm . magnificent on our white wall.

Sylvie du lot
Jacques.  L

By its great flights of fancy, Chantal LALLEMAND’s painting is not unlike those of ARPAD SZENES. However, listening to her talk about her painting, we can see that Chantal does not meet any usual criteria, at any traditional school, she never defines herself in relation to one of the fathers of modern painting. She simply poses as an artist inspired by music, leaving her hands and fingers guided by her only intuition gushed out of a long laborious and meditative process. His spontaneity gives his works an unusual dazzling force that immediately touches our sensitivity to the beauty that comes from the depths of being.

Jacques. L
Pierre

“Your paintings are beautiful, powerful, invigorating…”

Pierre
Mathieu

“A nice walk through your site, which made me travel through your life. Like the 1960 Gevrey Chambertin Grand Cru, the 2019 will be excellent…”

Mathieu
Pierre F.

“I am very impressed by what you wrote and by the paintings. The lyrics are top-notch, strong, honest and sincere, the movement, the harmonies of colours have made me feel like I’m facing a very deep infinity”.

Pierre F.
Catherine

“I was looking forward to the opening of the site. I was following Chantal’s work on Instagram, but now I’m totally amazed. What strength! We feel that some paintings were born in pain and it touches me even more when I read these beautiful texts”.

Catherine
Aude

“I love blacks, blues, greens and especially reds, look forward to seeing them in person. Thank you for allowing us with this beautiful site to enter your artistic universe where you indulge yourself with a lot of modesty”.

Aude
Eduardo

I fell under the spell of your paintings which are emotionally charged. I love black paintings that let my imagination take me to the seaside on a dark and scary night… Red, green and blue paintings are also very strong. What message do you want to send us?

Congratulations

Eduardo
Marie

Congratulations Chantal, your work is magnificent and what a progress in a few months! What a wonderful and original idea to sew pearls on your canvas, I am totally a fan. What patience !

Marie
Vince

I have been following you for several months and each new painting is a discovery. You are constantly renewing yourself. Well done, it’s superb and unexpected.

Vince
Martine

Through her colourful and powerful paintings, Chantal takes us into her inner world, imbued with strength, finesse, spontaneity and freedom. By working on colour and movement, she was able to translate the psychedelic inspiration of the Pink Floyd into her canvases, while rediscovering in herself the serenity and joie de vivre that she had lost in recent months. I am fortunate to have seen her work evolve and to be a witness to the pleasure she took in rebuilding herself around this passion.

The site is only a small glimpse of his creations. It is by visiting his exhibitions that we will have the joy of navigating between his harmonious and powerful paintings, simply beautiful….

Martine
Docteur Patrick Toro

The homepage of your site and the navigability within the site is perfect.

The paintings are well highlighted, of course nothing beats reality.

The themes on meditation, burn-out reflect who you are and give a very personal dimension to your site.

The visitors of the site will get to know you by browsing it and I find it very good because it makes you feel part of the artist’s life.

Docteur Patrick Toro
Christian T

Colours, pearls and music allow Chantal to connect to other dimensions and vibrations of space and time, and to print on her canvases in a kind of automatic writing of sensations and emotions. In her travels that she invites us to share, these pearls are like so many combinations of spheres in a dreamlike dive or a vertiginous flight, in an exploration of the infinitely small or large, we do not know, everything at the top being like what is at the bottom.

Christian T