Painting, for him, is a means of self-expression, colours are his words, characters his accomplices and colour combinations his feelings. Put that together and you have a message from his inner being.
The artist’s work is published in books with evocative titles : Women artists – Vine and wine – Taking a look at painters and writers – Art in all its forms – Painting yesterday and today etc…..
– Velez gallery in St Jean de Luz (South west of France)
– Hossegor 64s gallery
– Thermal baths of chaine thermale du Soleil Michel Guérard – France
– Spring exhibition show “Le grand angle” – Pau
– Art competition Temple de Chauvray Niort
– Fine arts museum – Pau
– International exhibition – Beziers
– Contemporary masters’ exhibition – Salies de Bearn
– Le Colisée in Biarritz
– D’Ici et d’Ailleurs’gallery in St Jean de Luz
– Gallery of Pharos – Marseille
– Taylor gallery – Pau
– Bouscayrol’s gallery in Biarritz and Pau
– Gallery of Pharos – Marseille
– Ducasse’s gallery – Dax
– Everarts’ gallery – Paris
– Goralsky’s gallery – Strasbourg
– Exhibition of European Artist – Brussels
– Exhibition of European Artist – London
– International exhibition – Aix en Provence
– Pyrenean artistic show – Pau
– International exhibition – Arles
– Senso’s gallery – Arcachon
– Vision of European Works – Hong Kong
– Helibus Gustavia’s gallery – St Barth in West Indies
– Silver-gilt medal from the town of Pau (France)
– 1st price from the town of Aix-en-Provence (France)
– Blue ribbon from the town of Arles (France)
– Cup from the Pyrénées Atlantiques area’s local council
– Becomes knight of the Greci Marino academic art section, Italy
– Gold medal and official recognition as friend of France
– Bronze medal from “Art, Sciences & letter”
Bernadette Saint-Pé was born in 1942 in the spa town of Eugénie les Bains in south west France.
Two strands can be seen running through the artist’s work, the first linked to the body beautiful and the other focused on her own individual style, essentially a striving for spiritual perfection. Both these strands are visible in her work.
Her paintings, like Bernadette herself, exude humanity and care for others. In her figurative painting she often depicts two characters as if emphasizing the value of friendship and of sharing.
She paints in oils, sensitively and with generosity of spirit, using either paintbrush or knife. She remains true to this rhythm as can easily be seen in her work. The overall effect is restful to the eye.
Light is a major component in each and every one of her paintings. Gold, sensual delight and gossamer-like garments lead to an inner beauty that is exalted. You really feel that this artist has followed an interesting path toward self-realization.
What remains from her time as a model is gracefulness. She is quite determined to transform faces or to simplify their features so that all you have before you springs from an inner beauty which has its own message of energy and intent.
There is an Indian and oriental presence, whether it be in the atmosphere she creates, in her exotic landscapes in the characteristic women and children who are always together, clad in white, ochre or warm colours that bring to mind to some extent the world of Gauguin. While there may be a wish both to make the people in the paintings and their clothing move, there is nonetheless an opposing force holding firm to an earth- sky axis.
Bernadette Saint-Pé is an artist whose work is good for the viewer’s well-being a viewer who can let him or herself be drawn into the paintings with real feeling and emotion. Aside from the intrinsic beauty that comes from these painting, you do not look at them only with your eyes. You live them, feel them, grow with each and every message that emerges from them. Her paintings are a kind of help-mate to the beholder that comes from the delight they bring.