Laurence de Valmy
My artwork revisits art history and it was clear that women are often left out of it. My interest for women's place in society in general and the arts in particular, led me to create artworks highlighting women artists and also women who played an important role in the life of famous artists such as fellow artists, art dealers, patrons and muses.
In 2020, I collaborated with Art Girl Rising to create a series inspired by six abstract expressionists artists (Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, Alma Thomas, Grace Hartigan and Joan Mitchell). The collaboration, inspired by the book Ninth Street Women, includes artworks sharing their stories and a corresponding tee shirt.
Artist Laurence de Valmy invites us to reflect on the links between artists through times and the relationship between Art and social media today. Inspired by the personal stories of artists, she revisits Art History through fictional anachronistic Instagram of the past asking "what if Instagram had always existed?"The artist combines her knowledge of art history and painting to appropriate iconic artworks and share their stories. Each artwork, skillfully hand painted with acrylic, is a clever juxtaposition of an original painting and an imagined conversation historically accurate yet humorous. The paintings are associated with their story, available on her website and by telling the stories behind these famous artworks, the artist leads us to consider them with a new eye and reflect on the place of social media today in our relationship with art, more often seen through a screen than in person.
Laurence de Valmy is French American and lives in the USA. She was awarded an Artist Residency in 2017 by the ESKFF at Mana Contemporary, NJ (USA) and her work has been displayed in solo, group shows in galleries and Museums and art fairs internationally.
Her work is represented by galleries in New York, London, Honfleur and Paris.