Born in 1980, Isabelle Beaubien is a native of Montreal, Canada where she studied Fine Arts at Concordia University. It was then that Isabelle felt the need to explore and find her true calling. Upon graduation, she spread her wings to fly and went on to earn her Master’s degree in Contemporary Art from The Villa Arson, Nice, France. From there, Isabelle moved to London, where she has exhibited her energetic abstract paintings and was highly sought after with commissions throughout the UK.
Isabelle has now literally, crossed the pond and resides and works in Florida. “Living in sunny Florida has provided me a new canvas of life and a stunning landscape full of light, vibrant colors and incredible energy to take my creative process to a whole new and exciting dimension,” boasts Beaubien.
“I do not use brushes, instead I create each of my own tools, taking chances in one stroke, not knowing what the end-result will be. This technique allows me to release the control of my craft while reminding me of the unknown discoveries that awaits each of us in our daily journey. If I desire to add one or more movements on the canvas, I subtract, rather than adding more paint. Letting go of the power of the piece allows my inner voice to influence each stroke and not hold back on my creativity” shares Isabelle.
Beaubien’s artwork is considered mixed media, with an expansive spectrum of colors that are vibrant, invigorating and inspiring. The gamut of emotions that emote from her paintings are varied. Isabelle’s “ simultaneous contrast” in the juxtaposed colors continue to be revelatory. She works with acrylic enhanced by a resin overlay. Color is a major influence on the act of creating and on the experience of seeing and, thereby feeling. In some ways, it is related to chakras and how the colors radiate throughout ones being to bring about a sense of well being. Her work creates a gloss with a sculptured appearance to the finished artwork. It is at that moment that her work takes on all of the meaning; pushing the limits of the colors, textures, and forms to their extreme potential which is what she wants everyone to feel for their own existence
Name: Isabelle Beaubien
College: Villa Arson, Nice and Concordia University, Montreal
Colours: Red, White, Black
Books: Marc Levy or Guillaume Musso author
Movie: Taxi (French ersion by Luc Besson)
Food: Anything except Lamb and Bisque
Quote: You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.
For how long have been in art? How did you start?
As long as I can remember I always love painting and drawing. I took my first art lesson in a hardware shop where we learn how to use oil paintings following some pictures. I must have been around 12 years old.
How would you define yourself as an artist? I am an abstract artist that works with very powerful colors. My main inspiration comes from the American expressionism movement, mainly from Gerard Richter. Minimal art also plays a very important part in my creative process, not necessarily when you look at the final product but on how I created a painting.
Would you tell us some things about yourself? Please include a few little known facts about you as well.
I am a French Canadian girl who worked as a Manager in the hospitality industry in London, for many years. Living in Europe for almost 15 years allowed me to travel a lot and I got to see all the best museums in the world. From the Reina Sophia in Spain to the Tate Modern in London, I got to see most of the Master that inspire artist all over.
I recently just move to America, Florida and all my history is helping me creating paintings revealing more of a story….
Where do you find inspiration?
At the moment, I would say from the biggest things that happen in my life, crossing the pond. It is not easy and being here and it make me feel like a left something behind… something I miss every day. I use that feeling and this emotion to create. But also visiting art fair, museum and gallery keeps me current of what is happening in the art world today and obviously open my mind on possible new direction I could take with my work.
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
Isabelle is smart, talented and most important she is humble with the intact curiosity that most of us lost while on our journey from childhood to adulthood. Pablo Picasso summed it up well:
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”.
Isabelle does not use brushes but creates her own tools, taking chances in one stroke not knowing what the end-result will be. Reminding us of the unknown discoveries that await us in our daily journey. If her desire is to add one or more movements on the canvas, she subtract rather than adding paint.
Her artwork are considered mixed media, combining vibrant dynamic colors that generate excitement and trigger emotions. Acrylic being her main medium, enhanced by a resin, create a gloss with a sculptured appearance to the finished artwork. The final effect is so strong that her paintings have often been mistaken for digital work or print making. It is at that moment that her works take all of the meaning; pushing the limits of the colors, textures, and forms to their extreme potential.
What art do you most identify with?
Abstract with artists like : Gerhard Richter, Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Paul Soulage and I love the work of Donald Judd, Sol Lewit and Carl Andre consider as Minimal Arttist
Why do you do … what you do? Although by nature a person who lives an organized lifestyle throughout my private life when in my studio my painting takes on my alter ego and almost becomes an accident waiting to happen. This seems to be driven by emotion, spirituality and chance. When finished I look at my work and am happiest when I feel that it is totally unique. I continue to experiment with textures, shapes and paint mediums; this could be referred to as going back to basics.
In a world where organization, industry and people expect so much of you, where even physical appearance is not left to nature make my search more relevant. I go back to basics, being free for an instant. Capturing the moment and reaching my individual concept of perfection.
What does “being creative” mean to you? To always push yourself into something new, not being afraid of the unknown and new approach but also listening to people comment or advice and uses them to become a better artist.
Any shows, galleries, or publications where our readers can find your work?
Yes, in North America my paintings can be seen at the following:
Macaya Gallery, Miami
Nob Hill Gallery, Quebec
Arteria Gallery, Bromont
In the UK:
Tudor House Gallery
Gabriel Fine Art gallery
Pardon Mill Gallery
Caiger Art Gallery
In terms of publications:
Miami Luxury Magazine
South Florida Luxury Guide
And on my website www.isabellebeaubine.com or
How do you cultivate a collector base? I personally update my website, Facebook and Instagram, to make sure all my collectors and followers know what is happening and what exhibition are coming up. But I also trust the galleries that work very hard to present my work in front of interior designer, promoter and private collector.
Which is your most cherished piece? That is so hard to answer as I feel it changes everything I create a painting that just blow my mind because the colours just perfectly works together.
If you had an exclusive collective exhibition with other artists work, who would you choose? Well let’s be bold, Donald Judd and Sol Lewit or Vincent Van Gogh. (He is the one who got me into discovering arts)
What do you see as the strengths of your pieces, visually or conceptually?
That it can easily trick the viewer, many people when they look at my works are not too sure what it is. Is it a print? Is it glass? Did she glue a glass on top? All these questions open a dialogue and I love it.
The final effect is so strong that my paintings have often been mistaken for digital work or print making. It is at that moment that my works take all of the meaning; pushing the limits of the colors, textures, and forms to their extreme potential.
What aspect of your work do you pay particular attention to?
The choice of colour… it all begin with the right colour and then I will play with texture.
What Role does the artist have in society?
I think the artist has many role, but one that I admire the most is the capacity to share a message, as hard as it can be, and it will be deliver peaceful, without causing any arms.
What is your most treasured memory?
When I got my acceptance letter to the prestigious Villa Arson, (National Superior School of Contemporary Art in Nice, France) I never thought I would get in, I was so proud! I knew I made the right choice and pursue my study in art… and it’s when everything started!
What for you is the most enjoyable part of your art?
What other interests do you have outside of art?
Funny enough, I practiced a lot of fighting sports. I have been boxing for almost 20 years! Boxing …. noble art!
Some short questions now:
more Colours: Anything iridescent or metallic
Textures: Glossy, shiny and sparkly
Define your art: Abstract, colorful, powerful, shiny.
Describe your style: Define yourself… Abstract and mixed media artist
Aqua Art Miami,
Parallel Art Fair, London
I am not in any Museum but hoping to get there someday!
London and Paris
Artists: At the moment, really like Tim Bengel
Music: Old school Hip-Hop and Motown
You seem to be very aware of the history of works. Where do you see films, photo exhibitions, art perfomances today?
Recently I have been to Art Basel in Miami and discover Miami art scene, with Wynwood and the street art.
How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art?
I have been through period in my life where I did not do much creative works, and I see these period as transition. It almost like I just go through with it until I can get back to my passion. It’s not easy, but something life happened!
What do you think about the art community and market?
It’s a very though world out there. Is often difficult to know who you can trust, but in other hand, without them we would not have a platform to show our work to the world, so I suppose it could be a bit of a double edge sword.
Should art be funded? Why?
Yes, I really think so. Being an artist these days is not easy, so without help, it will get harder and harder. It would be a shame to see art disappear if nothing is done to help artists.
Which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction?
My first solo show in Miami. I had a very big space so I got the chance to do large works and many of them. I was very proud to have pulled it together!
Who are the writers you admire the most?
Paulo Coelho, Kundera, Boris Vian
What about architects and designers?
Zaha Hadid and the Corbusier , designer Coco Chanel / Karl Lagerfield and Christian Louboutin.
What else are you working on at the moment? Next projects?
Yes, I have a solo exhibition coming up in May at the Sol Taplin Gallery and once again is a very big venue so I am really excited!
Share something you would like the world to know about you?
I am very determined and will never stop until I get what I want. I really want to see what works in a Museum one day, so I will be around for a while!
Define Klassik Magazine International for the audience? Klassik Magazine International is an amazing opportunity for artist to share their story to an international level.