An exhibition of paintings by New Orleans-based French artist Nathalie Beras will be on view from March 10 through March 31, 2023. The exhibition, Nathalie Beras: Voyages, will be on view in Glassell Gallery located in downtown Baton Rouge’s Shaw Center for the Arts. A reception will be held Friday, March 24 from 6–9 p.m. with a gallery talk led by the artist at 7:00 p.m.
Nathalie Beras, Velvet Passion, 2021, oil on canvas, 120×120 cm, courtesy of artist
Nathalie Beras, Les îles papillons, 2019, oil on canvas, 150×150 cm, courtesy of artist
Nathalie Beras: Voyages will feature approximately twenty vibrant, large-scale paintings from the artist’s abstract and “Islands” series, including her most recent works painted in New Orleans. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue of Beras’ oeuvre featuring over 90 paintings and an essay by LSU art historian Darius A. Spieth. Describing Beras’ paintings, LSU College of Art + Design Dean Alkis Tsolakis writes, “the paintings of Nathalie Beras reveal a spirit similar to that of her work as a diplomat: intuitive, playful, and imaginative yet bearing an articulate, intentional, and inspiring message.” Of her own work, Beras writes:
“I paint color to enchant the world. Layer after layer, my knife sculpts a universe steeped in emotions, sensations, and rhythms. My abstract painting is a primitive dance of colors that vibrate to express this vital energy that carries us towards our dreams and our desires… I paint the island of Hiva Oa as a self-portrait of a woman who “is, each time, neither completely the same nor completely different” as the poet Paul Verlaine said in “my familiar dream.” The silhouette of the volcanic mountain rising from the sea remains the same, but is adorned with varied atmospheres according to the seasons of the soul. This stripped, powerful and silent form rises in an archaic, free, timeless, untamed nature.”
Nathalie Beras, born in Martinique in 1970, lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. As a diplomat, she has worked in several embassies in Russia, Central Asia, and Ukraine. She spent five years as the director of the Russian Art Department at Sotheby’s, Paris before returning to a diplomatic post as Consul General in New Orleans. Since 2012 she has created a large body of paintings influenced by Fauvism, Arts Premiers, and the writings of Édouard Glissant. Her works have been exhibited internationally and are part the collection of Konstinovsky Museum, St. Petersburg and numerous private collections.