Biography

Do Fournier was born in the medieval town of Guerande in the Brittany region
of Western France. She began her career as successful illustrator and turned to painting personal subjects in 1984. Fournier has participated in numerous prestigious exhibitions in her native France and has been featured at the Salon d’Automne, Paris.

Fournier creates paintings of fantastic, colorful and intimate worlds drawn from the environs of her own home overlooking the sea. Her daughters, furnishings and pets are the primary subjects. They are often in repose or engaged in the simple pleasures of everyday life. While the subject matter is highly personal, she transforms these domestic interiors into dream-scapes where the delightful ordinary meets the imagined extraordinary. As the noted French critic Gerard Xuriguera has observed:

“Her approach in an uneasy society is not to describe it’s pain but the potential it still harbors for joy, it’s fragile moments of charm and peacefulness stolen from a routine existence. To do this she expresses reality in its most intimate, sensual, peaceful and carnal form. Not as imitation but as a vision filtered through her observations and cast in the exuberance of her blazing colours. What she is trying to capture is fleeting emotion, to immobilize it and express it as simply as possible. Here, as Bonnard puts it, “emotion springs up in its time. The shock is instantaneous, often unexpected.”

Above all a painter of atmospheres, the art of Do Fournier occasionally takes on a baroque air laden with mixtures of color, graphical convolutions, objects negligently arranged, bodies in a state of abandonment that take us to the heart of a universe half way between dreams and the familiar. In filigree we find traces of the Nabis in the stylization of form and movement, surfaces of contrasting colours and the kitschy surroundings. We are not looking here at some melancholy representation but one that is refreshing and greedy for life.”

Selected exhibitions:

Sociétaire du Salon d'Automne

1984-85-86: Exhibition of gouaches and acrylics Guérande
1988: Exhibitions: Galerie Ariane La Baule - Galerie de l’Atelier Toulouse –
Galerie Antarès Nantes
1989: Galerie Esclarmonde La Baule - Galerie Septentrion Marcq en Bareul
1990: Mai des Avens Quimperlé - Festival de l’art in Tolosie
1991: Galerie Esclarmonde La Baule
1992: Exhibition Galerie CCC Paris
1993: Galerie Norina Nori Toulouse
1994: Galerie Esclarmonde La Baule
1995: Exhibitions Nantes et Pont-Aven - Biennale “Classic V” in Belgium
1996: SIAC ART Strasbourg 96 with Galerie M.C. Goinard -
Exhibition Hôtel Royal-Thalasso La Baule with Galerie M.C. Goinard
1997: Exhibitions in Belgium - Salon Classic, Biennale internationale of Salon ‘’Itinéraires’’ à Paris
1998: Exhibition Gand (Belgium) - Décoration Paquebot ‘’Le Ponant’’
1999: Exhibition Galerie M.C. Goinard La Baule – Salon d'Automne Paris
2000: Exhibition Galerie M.C. Goinard Paris -
Salon d'Automne Paris where she received the Fondation Taylor’s award
2001: Participation at the Biennale of 109 and Salon d'Automne Paris –
Honor’s guest at Salon d'Art of Le Chesnay (France)
2002:Salon d'Automne Paris - Salon of 109 Béziers
2003 : Exhibition : Salon d'Automne Paris
2004: Salon d'Automne Paris,
Espace Culturel Croix Baragnon Toulouse
2005 : Salon Viroflay - Salon d'Automne Paris
2006 : Salon de Metz - International Art Fair of Shanghai and International Art Fair of Canton (Chine), Salon d'Automne Paris
2007-2012 : Centre Culturel Athanor Guérande, Arténim Grenoble, Lille Art Fair, Hôtel Marceau Bastille Paris