Agnès Boulloche was born in Paris in 1951, but she spent her childhood in Morocco. Growing up in northern Africa, she developed an interest in stories and myths from the region. And above all for the desert spirits called Djinns. These beings are defined in Islamic mythology as spirits, ranked lower than the angels, but able to appear in both human or animal forms. They are famous for influencing humans, towards both good or evil.
She returned to Paris in the sixties and studied at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs. In the following years she concentrated almost entirely on oil paintings. Agnès painted on wood panels, favouring the old "glaze technique", which consists of overlays of thin transparent layers of colours which makes it possible to combine delicate brush strokes with bright glowing shades. She developed her own formulas to create original pigments and varnishes. This allowed her to work out very fine details in delicate colour schemes.
Agnes often used landscape motifs, similar to those found in Renaissance compositions, inspired by Hieronymus Bosch, whom she saw as the forerunner of surrealism.
Agnes art invites us to discover a fantastical, surreal world. With playfulness and humour, her paintings draws the viewer into a spectacle she where the boundary between man and beast is blurred.
When Agnès Boulloche passed away on April 7, 2019, her daughter Julie announced her departure with these words: "... My mother was reunited with her fantasy world this morning ..."
Agnès Boulloche, French surrealist painter. 1951-2019
This retrospective would n´t have been possible without the kind help of Julie L. and the translation skills of Ivan B.