Sous bois by Claire Chauvel

Edition: Original print, 30 copies.
Authentication: Numbered certificate signed by the artist, invoice.
Medium: Painting, Acrylic.
Technique: Museum quality fine art print.
Colour: UltraChrome K3 pigment inks.
Media: Hahnemühle, Photo Rag 308g paper.
Print: Photo with white surround.

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Further information

Method of payment: Secure card payment via our partner Stripe, Paypal, bank transfer.
Lead time prior to shipping: 7 days for a print, 15 days for a framed print.
Delivery: To your home address or a collection point. Almost anywhere worldwide.
Delivery fee: Free, small charge for certain destinations.
Durability: Colour stability, indoor UV resistance thanks to mineral pigment inks encapsulated in resin projected on a 100% Alpha cellulose backing.
Lifespan: 75 years without deterioration with normal indoor exposure. Results of tests carried out in independent laboratories.
Maintenance: Stable ambient surroundings recommended for the work. Avoid variations in temperature and humidity. Avoid direct sunlight.
Recommended humidity level: 35 to 65%.
Recommended temperature: 10 to 30°C.
Standards and certification: Acid and lignin-free. Standard ISO 9706 long life.

More about Claire Chauvel


How did you choose your means of expression?

Painting allows me to express myself while being in tune with my mind. Thinking without using words makes the brain operate quite differently to usual. This is what I find particularly fascinating about painting. It’s a world in its own right.

Is this medium secondary to your intention or is it closely linked?

I try to transcribe my thinking onto the canvas – or at least a state of mind, at a given moment. I quote Matisse: ‘I cannot distinguish between what I feel about life and the way in which I interpret it’.

What material do you use and why?

I use oil as it’s living matter and it reacts. With oil it’s constantly new and exciting and the options are endless.

How do you prepare for a work session?

My life is one long work session. I don’t differentiate between painting in the physical sense and thinking about painting. However the level of concentration is different when I paint outside and when I stay in the studio.

Can you describe to me what is different about when you started out and your current work?

From the very start, I always sought to fathom what sort of painter I am. It encompasses pictorial research and self-discovery. As time passes I am less judgmental about myself and it’s more enjoyable. I’m ‘doing’ with no obligation to achieve results.


Do your origins and culture play a role in the work that you produce?

Yes, as they shape who I am and how I see the world. Likewise, what I read, my travels and encounters, etc. enrich my work. Everything is implicated.

What events have influenced you most?

The death of someone close to me as a teenager was very tough. I realised that life could not be confined to primary needs. Inevitably there is something else. Painting became more and more important from that moment on.

What are your sources of inspiration?

Everything. All the time. Certain situations speed up the sense of urgency to paint: going to an exhibition or alternatively the frustration of lost time for example.

Do you have an anecdote to illustrate the origins of your work?

I have always drawn and painted. And I have progressed…

Do you take the news into account when you work or do you detach yourself from it?

The world described in the news disgusts me so much that in a way it is a source of motivation. When I turn on the radio, it always makes me want to paint.


Are your works more of a dialogue, a trace or a denunciation?

My works are an inner dialogue, a dialogue with the entire universe. I need a starting point, often a tree or a feeling and then I expand upon it.

Do you want viewers to question or do you prefer to intrigue them?

I would like my paintings to call upon emotions and feelings more than the intellect. My painting exists in such a way that one cannot talk about it. Above all you can look at it.

How do you view human beings, and through your work as a result?

I am passionate about every human being. I observe a great deal and I paint what I observe.

How would you compare your last work with your next?

My work is not linear. I can put paintings aside and resume them at a later date. Each painting influences the next ones, but I never know to what extent.


How do you view your own work?

My work is the start of something in progress. I really fail to look at it. I cannot distance myself. Painting is an endless search that I would hate to define.

What projects do you have in progress or forthcoming?

I recently moved to the Dordogne and I’m excited to see how it will influence my painting.

About the artist

Born in 1986, Claire Chauvel has painted and drawn for many years. She immerses herself in nature seeking vibrations, forms and colours to record on canvas, the medium for her internal states. Painting is a link between the inside and outside. She considers each of her paintings as a representation of the given moment, a stage in an endless quest.