Inspired by cinema, photography, music and literature, Monet has a natural connection and sense for the current society and his contemporaries. His signature conceptual assemblage of text texture and color exudes eccentricity and empowerment of its time, exemplifying the characters and personalities of its icons. Monet explored various mediums such as mosaic, collage and acrylics.
More recently, he turned to the portrait. But not just any kind of portrait: blending collage of old newspapers and books, painting and varnishing, the traits of his characters are recreated with such precision that one might see a realistic photography arising from a distance. This new production reveals the strengths and weaknesses of individuals appearing on the canvases. With much success in recent years, Monet’s work has been exhibited in Paris, London, New York, Seoul, Singapore, Miami, Toronto, Montreal, Dubai and Hong Kong.
Hi André, today you selected for MoW 3 of your artworks inspired by music. Can you tell MoW why you chose those music artists ? What inspired you to create them ?
I chose these three artists for their exceptional talent but also strength of character, their personalities that make them timeless.
Why is music important to you and your art?
Music has always made me feel less lonely, especially when I get into my head, when I'm alone and painting.
If you had to choose between the artworks presented today, which of your artwork would be your favorite ? And why ?
I would have to say Amy for the feelings it stirs inside me.
Can you tell MoW more about the techniques you used. How old is your technique? How did it start? How long does it take you to make an artwork?
I came up with this technique about ten years ago, spontaneously. I use collage then acrylic on a textured background.
Do you have plans on creating new artworks insipired by music ?
No, the next series I'm working on is nudes.
Do you listen to music when you’re working ? If so, what kind of music ?
I always listen to music, jazz, drum and bass, mostly deephouse.
What is the song you liked the most lately? What was the last gig you went to ?
The song I like the most lately is "L.E.S Artistes" by Santigold.