Artist Profile: Danette Landry

FROM HER STUDIO IN THE OUTSKIRTS OF PARIS, ARTIST DANETTE LANDRY LETS HER MATERIALS DECIDE THEIR OWN FATE. KATIE MILTON WRITES.

Until recently Paris-based artist Danette Landry’s abstract paintings had been dominated by chaos, deep bleeding reds, textured scarlet monochromes and fluid horizontal lines.“The lines are there to order and sustain the chaos,” says Danette.

This all changed when a patron commissioned her to create a work in a pastel blue. It was a colour not in her spectrum: a symbol of peace, tranquillity and stability. Blue was almost the antithesis of her style. But she found the process transformative, and ever since, there’s been a touch of blue in everything.

The daughter of a self-taught painter, Danette was seduced by the texture of paint and the emotional impact of colour when she was young. However a career as an artist was something she never envisioned for herself. Instead, she pursued an academic path, studying cultural anthropology and completing a Masters in Paris.

It was only when she came to the end of her studies that something shifted, and she decided to pursue an art practice full time.

Now a sculptor and painter with more than 20 years of experience, Danette is drawn to shape, form and colour, but often it’s the materials that take over. She paints on wooden panels in epoxy resin and pigment and beautifully manipulates bronze and steel into intricate totem-like sculptures. “I like the contrast between the delicate feel of bronze and the strength of the material,” she says.

From her beautiful light-filled studio in an industrial neighbourhood on the outskirts of Paris, Danette believes, “it doesn’t matter how much [art] you sell, or how many people like it, you just need to continue expressing yourself and do the best to evolve.”

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