Alain was born in Nogent sur Marne in 1967. His father, an art lover, has encouraged Alain to draw from a young age. As a result, Alain has always been fascinated by the power of graphic expression.
At the completion of his secondary schooling, Alain is not interested in following an academic pathway which “favours conceptual expression rather than the acquisition of basic techniques”. He decides to learn with the Compagnons*. With them, he will learn how to craft fake marbles, fake woods, patina, trompe l’oeil…
During this first stage of his learning, Alain will develop a strong attachment to the values of craftsmanship. Values rooted in the time of cathedral builders when great artists where, first and foremost, craftsmen.
Whilst he works with the Compagnons, Alain still works on developing his drawing skills. He works on perspective, anatomy and starts copying masters’ paintings to increase his range of techniques. In 1994, he starts a new career as an artistic director and illustrator in the advertisement industry. For the next 20 years, he will work with the most prestigious agencies.
Now a renowned professional, Alain is still at heart a painter. He spends a lot of time with artists. One of them, Lynsky, will teach him the oil painting techniques used by Flemish painters such as Rembrandt or Rubens.
One of Alain’s most admired artist, Eugène Delacroix, wrote: “the craft of the painter is the most difficult of all and it takes longest to learn. Like composing, painting requires erudition, but it also requires execution, like playing a violin”.
In 2014, Alain decides to leave Paris and quit advertising. He establishes himself in Provence, in the Lubéron, where Van Gogh, Picasso or Nicolas de Staël revealed the beauty of the light and landscapes before him.
Alain has opened a studio in Gordes (Vaucluse) where he focuses exclusively on his artistic work.
*Les Compagnons du tour de France is a French organization of craftsmen and artisans dating from the Middle Ages.