• II – Episode 29 : Happy New Year 2019 !

    Wishing you all a Happy New Year 2019 ! The year 2018 was absolutely amazing… with the launch of my book published at Editions Cercle d’Art (which you can find online in many estores here : http://bit.ly/oliviermasmonteil and in book stores in France). And thrilled also to see that more and more people follow the […]

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  • II – Episode 28 : Gestural painting

    This video explains the evolution of my gestural identity, through time and this new series of paintings.  

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  • II – Episode 27 : Press and TV visits – behind the scenes with ARTE

    Behind the scenes of filming for TV channel ARTE Info, at the Olivier Masmonteil studio in Paris, France.

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  • II – Episode 26 : The explanation of my new series of paintings “The Memory of Painting”

    Explanation of my new series of paintings “The Memory of Painting”.  

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  • II – Episode 25 : Benefits of the book

    What are the benefits of the book published at Editions Cercle d’Art? Video recap below !  

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  • II – Episode 23 : Deluxe edition of the monograph

    Discover the deluxe edition of the monograph !

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  • II – Episode 22 : The reception of the book
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  • II – Episode 21 : Book signing at Scène Ouverte Gallery in Paris

    Book signing at the Parisian art gallery Scène Ouverte located at Beaupassage in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. I’m thrilled to do my first Parisian signature there on Saturday 17th of November! https://beaupassage.fr/fr/passage https://www.galerie-sceneouverte.com/en/ Special thanks to Laurence Bonnel-Alléno.

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  • Why buy Olivier Masmonteil’s monograph – by Aymeric Mantoux

    Aymeric Mantoux, Director of the publishing house Editions Cercle d’Art explains why you should buy my art book.

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  • II – Episode 20 : Art and French cuisine in Paris, discover Beaupassage

    Laurence Bonnel-Alléno presents her art gallery Scène Ouverte, located at Beaupassage in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. I’m thrilled to do my first Parisian signature there on Saturday 17th of November! https://beaupassage.fr/fr/passage https://www.galerie-sceneouverte.com/en/ Special thanks to Laurence Bonnel-Alléno.

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  • II – Episode 19 : Waiting for the art book

    I wanted to keep this small mystery between the conception and the finished object. But what I really want now, is to discover the book and to feel like I’m discovering it for the first time. The book launches on the 13th of November !

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  • Printing the art book with Rosita Fanelli from Grafiche Milani

    Discover how we printed the art book with the printer Grafiche Milani for a high-quality print. We will talk about H-UV inks, UV technology types and formats of paper. Looking forward to sharing my art book with you soon ! Special thanks to Rosita Fanelli.

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  • Printing the art book with Bernard Champeau from publishing house Cercle D’art

    Taking you in the heart of the printing of my new art book ! Discover how printing an art book works thanks to Bernard Champeau from the publishing house Cercle d’Art.

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  • The cover of the art book

    The publishing house Cercle d’Art has this tradition of developing monographs with a painting which has been created especially for the cover of the book. I abided gladly by this rule and decided to create a series of paintings dedicated to covers. For me it was also an interesting aesthetic project, because on this series […]

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  • The making of the art book

    How do you create an art book from beginning to end ? My art book is really taking shape : we just finished the creative part of the monograph and now we’re starting the production phase, meaning the actual printing, after selecting all the paintings in the book, the text etc. I feel like I’m […]

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  • The studio visit

    I like studio visits because they set the tone of a new art series and the tone of some of the paintings. I noticed during a studio visit that some paintings didn’t draw attention and I try to find why this painting works less or draws less attention. Generally I love to start a visit […]

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  • Is painting modern?

    Is painting modern? Modernity has induced a small mistake in what a modern painting could be. I think that modernity is much more profound than a tool or an aesthetic gesture. Modernity is what happens in an era. I’m confronted to a generation which is coming from the Internet. Having a traditional practice, this necessarily […]

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  • Admin tools for artists – Interview with Delphine Toutain

    How to deal with all the admin when you are an artist ? An interview with Delphine Toutain, who created an organisation which supports artists in their administrative management and professional development : TADA. Special thanks to Delphine Toutain from TADA https://www.tada-agency.com/

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  • Tutorial: red underpainting

    Underpainting with red color has many advantages in painting, and especially in oil painting. I always start by painting the canvas in red. Having a red background, especially when you paint with oil, makes it easier and more convenient. The main reason is that you gain a lot of time when painting like that. And […]

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  • Creating the art book: the mockup of the monograph

    My book published by Editions Cercle d’Art is now almost finished for a release in November. In this art book, I really wanted to create a true painter’s book, which conforms at the most to the thought of painting from beginning to end. That’s why you will find bits of photos, images, pieces of text […]

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  • Learning how to paint – A necessity (3)

    For me painting will always be an intuition. You have 25 000 years of history behind the gesture of tracing or drawing.

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  • Learning how to paint: The School of Fine Arts (2)

    My surprising experience at the School of Fine Arts and my process to learning how to paint.

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  • Learning how to paint – childhood (1)

    The story of my first experiences with drawing and painting : from my love of comics as a teenager to my transition to painting at adolescence with the entrance at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brive.

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  • Almost 100 questions with Gérard Garouste

    Baroque or classical? Literature or painting? Modern or Ancient? French painter and sculptor Gérard Garouste answers to our (almost) 100 questions…

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  • Studio visit with Gérard Garouste

    Studio visit with painter and sculptor Gérard Garouste, also founder of the association La Source.

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  • Teamwork at the art studio

    Teamwork is key at the studio and in my way of working. First, because if I had been alone, it would have taken me months to achieve just one painting, whereas being several people allows to share the work between the copy of paintings, the screen printing work and the formats involved. Second, because being […]

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  • The Monograph

    What is the process behind the book launching shortly with the publishing house Editions Cercle d’Art? It’s actually when I started painting my new series “The Memory of Painting” that was born the idea of a monograph, looking into my various work over the years. To create this book, I integrated the editor and his […]

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  • The Memory of Painting

    Presentation of my new art series called “The Memory of Painting”. To be launched soon at vernissages and with the book (dates to be announced).

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  • Almost 100 questions – Part 2

    Portrait or landscape ? Trout or Barracuda ? Olivier Masmonteil answers to (almost) 100 questions…

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  • Almost 100 questions – Part 1

    Charcoal or pencil ? Avant-garde or classical art ? Olivier Masmonteil answers to (almost) 100 questions…

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  • Back to work – Septembre 2018

    September has arrived, holidays are ending and everyone is going back to work/school! We actually worked all summer at Masmonteil Studio to prepare a few exciting things. First, the launch of my book and second, the first exhibits of my new paintings “The Memory of Painting”. Several events will be organized with book signings, studio […]

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  • Summer painting

    I love to work during the summer, because it’s a special moment. It’s a moment when you can focus only on painting because everybody is on holidays. There are no more emails, no more phone calls and no meetings, which can be exhausting the rest of the year because you are constantly interrupting the painting […]

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  • Charcoal technique

    Today I’m talking about the charcoal technique with a basic tutorial on how to draw with charcoal.   Charcoal is the simplest way to highlight the basic principles of drawing, it enables to go straight to the essential. With charcoal you have to start by placing your shape on paper, then by placing the construction […]

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  • The association La Source

    La Source is an association founded 25 years ago by French painter Gerard Garouste, and I’ve been working with them for 17 years.  The project of this association is to elevate children through art, to try to understand how we can be happy by creating. The goal is not to learn how to paint or how […]

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  • The painter and his model, Anaëlle

    I work with photography and models in my creative process. I usually take one day dedicated to model photography to build a photo book that I can use in my paintings. Anaëlle is one the models I regularly work with and has inspired many of my work, today she gives us her input on her […]

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  • Photography with art models – a day modelling

    This episode is about photography and in particular about art model photograph, thanks to the work of Alexandre Jeanson who is a photographer, a hairdresser and a visual artist. He creates the models’ style, hair, makeup and then we organize a photo shoot in a very academic style, dissecting the movements little by little to […]

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  • Preparation of my new art book

    It’s official! I’m launching a new book with the publishing house Cercle d’Art. Cercle d’Art is an art book publishing house created by Pablo Picasso and two of his friends right after the war, whose aim was to popularize painting. Cercle d’Art published some of the biggest artists of the 20th century, ranging from Pablo Picasso […]

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  • Artist assistants at the studio

    Teamwork is so important at the art studio and for this new art project – it’s so much nicer to work as a group. It’s a gain in time because we’re going 3 times faster and also because we correct ourselves much quicker, so that’s really important. We’re 3 painters so we each have 3 […]

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  • Top 5 songs to listen to while painting in the studio / My playlist

    I love to listen to music in the studio in order to create a specific atmosphere. As you can see it is very eclectic from AC/DC to Cocoon and Michel Legrand, and that’s because each song creates a different mood to paint.

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  • Doubts of an artist

    Part of the life of an artist is doubt. We all get these moments of doubt of different proportions. I’m working on my new art project since the beginning of the year and I’m starting to see the first results of the project, which are followed by first joys and excitements – but also disappointments. […]

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  • French gastronomy – with David Rathgeber

    French cuisine and chefs are an inspiration for me. I particularly enjoy David Rathgeber’s cuisine because it is a bistro style cuisine, which is a cuisine closely tied to the history of France and Parisian culture. I love the fact that both Chefs and painters share the same vocabulary, very much around the notions of […]

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  • Photography at the art studio

    Photographers and painters are like partners and both have a special relationship to the image, the picture. For me it’s fascinating to work with photographers in my creative process. As a painter, I work with photographers in the art studio in different ways. For example, we organize photoshoots with models for a modelling session in […]

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  • studio diarie

    Une nouvelle série est en train de naitre dans l’atelier, de nouvelles images se bousculent dans ma tête, des tableaux de Nicolas Poussins, des estampes d’Hokusai et des images de mes voyages comme dans un film du National Géographique. A new série start in the studio, some image run in my head, paintings of Nicolas […]

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  • The memories of Painting

    To be Fully honest, I believe the debate over modernity is irrelevant for a painter. Painting aims at being timeless. For me Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earing”, while looking at me, does not belong to any specific time frame. She could be a girl I just came across on the underground. I like digging […]

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  • Why the Bathing Beauties

    “Les Baigneuses” is a typical painter’s motif. It implies the artist beholds the scene from his favorite standpoint: the voyeur’s. I believe this explains the large number of paintings with that theme since the Renaissance period: Diane Bathing, Suzanne and the old people, the Baigneuse ( Titian, Tintoretto, Corrège). The European conception of the painting […]

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  • Why paint

    Painting is a language I understand. When I was a child, drawing meant fun and shelter, As a teenager, after crush on comics I came across painting. This encounter felt as natural as can be. All of sudden, I was discovering the history of art as a whole (Nicolas de Stael, Antoni Tapies, Jean Fautrier, Robert […]

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  • Les baigneuses

    One years ago I started the series the Bathing Beauty. This series is a journey . I’ d like to share this journey. This series is inspire by the Bathing Beauty of Paul Cézanne. It s a way to get back to Landscape and color.

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  • Bora Bora
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  • Tanah lot
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  • tempête
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  • les baigneuses
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  • portrait de dos
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