Jean-Claude Picot, 1933 -
Since 1956, Jean Claude Picot has been a full-time professional artist. He has seriously studied the works of the Fauvist masters Vlaminck, Derain and Matisse. Like these great masters whose exuberant canvases excited great attention in the first decade of our century due to their revolutionary use of color, texture and abstract form, so we find the same excitement in the works of Picot. He has developed a unique style that recalls a Post-Impressionist application of color combined with the expressive qualities of line. The world of his art is often one of a happy reflection on relaxation, and his personal "joie de vivre". He captures the animation, romance and essence of the landscape.
Since 1947 he has exhibited in over fifty one-person shows throughout the world including exhibitions in the United States, Belgium, Norway and Australia. Picot lives a part of the year in the south of France. A master printmaker, he often draws on the Cote d’Azur—its visitors, its beaches and its boat-filled harbors. His work abounds with natural beauty and breathtaking views charged with the unique light of the Mediterranean. Picot works in a Post-Impressionist manner reducing flowers, trees, houses and figures to their essential forms.
In reviews of Picot’s most recent solo shows in Paris, Bordeaux and Oslo, the critics cited the affinities between the masters of the turn-of-the century Impressionism and early Twentieth Century Fauvism and this mature French artist, thus beginning to place his work in the art history of important French landscape painters. Today, Picot is actively working in many media – oil, watercolor, etching, and most recently, serigraphs, which beautifully capture his vibrant color and painterly expressions.