BITCHES AND BASTARDS

BITCHES AND BASTARDS

A-F FULGENCE 

 

 

BITCHES AND BASTARDS

by A-F Fulgence

30 October - 21 November 2015

 

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Leichhardt

NSW

2040

  

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Cover Image:

Unscathed

synthetic polymer paint and oil on canvas

40.0 x 40.0 cm

 

ANNE-FRANCE (A-F) FULGENCE 

 

Anne-France Fulgence, known as A-F, was born in Morocco in 1960. During her childhood, her family used to hunt wild pigs and kept 3 dogs to help in the hunt. For A-F there is a romance in this continued hunting tradition. Hunting feral pigs is not for the faint hearted. It can be brutal and bloody. It is always intense. A-F has painted portraits of hunting dogs for many years. In painting them she gives something back to these bold animals, a kind of grandeur and recognition. Hunters love their dogs, and will go to great lengths to ensure their safety. A-F maintains great respect for the dogs - their intelligence and grace, their loving, loyal and trusting natures. She has a fascination for these creatures, dressed for battle, in armour, like ancient times. 

 

"Hunting is part of human nature and history. As I was introduced to hunting as a little girl - it's always been a part of my life. Painting has also been a major part of my life, so it is natural for me to combine these passions, especially in regards to these dogs that I love". Anne-France Fulgence, September 2015. 

 

A-F lives and works in Kangaroo Valley. Her studio is in a paddock in the middle of the valley - a beautiful large disused hay shed. It comes with a wide range of creatures - possums, rodents, bats, snakes and birds - it's a constant battle for her to keep things from devolving into chaos. For this show, A-F had to work mostly with acrylic paint, the weather being too cold for the use of oils. She uses a range of techniques acquired whilst working on large-scale public murals in Paris and also from attending various specialised art schools. 

 

For her inspiration, A-F keeps a phenomenal collection of dog pictures. They are mostly taken from her travels, and from the pig hunters who visit her studio with their dogs. A-F works from these photos. The style is interpretive and contemporary, with a fast and expressive handling of the wet medium. There are drips and large brush marks, paint is applied in fast and furious bursts of energy. There is also a soft texture and transparency in the work.

 

A-F has held 14 solo shows, 5 of which have been on the theme of hunting dogs and the remainder based on Australian landscapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

When the going gets tough

 

synthetic polymer paint on canvas

122.5 x 111.0 cm

 

$4,500

 

 

 

2

 

Say that again

 

synthetic polymer paint on canvas

122.0 x 112.0 cm

 

$4,500

3

 

I have been waiting for a moment like this

 

synthetic polymer paint on canvas

122.5 x 111.0 cm

 

$4,500

4

 

You come & go

 

synthetic polymer paint on canvas

120.0 x 110.0 cm

 

$4,500

5

 

Put the bitch to work

 

synthetic polymer paint on canvas

122.5 x 110.0 cm

 

$4,500

 

6

 

I am always thinking about it

 

synthetic polymer paint on canvas

122.0 x 112.0 cm

 

$4,500

 

7

 

Smart, driven and social

 

synthetic polymer paint and dry

pastels on canvas

122.5 x 112.0 cm

 

$4,500

 

8

 

Is it all worth it?

 

synthetic polymer paint on canvas

76.0 x 76.0 cm

 

$2,700

 

9

 

No worries mate, too easy

 

synthetic polymer paint and oil on canvas

76.0 x 76.0 cm

 

$2,700

 

10

 

How did I end up this way

 

synthetic polymer paint on canvas

76.0 x 76.0 cm

 

$2,700

11

 

The young seem so weak these days

 

synthetic polymer paint on canvas

76.0 x 76.0 cm

 

$2,700

12

 

Are you going to pull your weight

 

synthetic polymer paint on canvas

76.0 x 76.0 cm

 

$2,700

13

 

Now, I know how you feel

 

synthetic polymer paint on canvas

76.0 x 76.0 cm

 

$2,700

 

 

14

 

Unscathed

 

synthetic polymer paint and oil on canvas

40.0 x 40.0 cm

 

$1,350

 

 

 

15

 

I am in one of those moods

 

synthetic polymer paint on plywood

40.0 x 40.0 cm

 

$1,350

 

 

16

 

Some days are better than others

 

synthetic polymer paint on canvas

40.0 x 40.0 cm

 

$1,350

 

 

 

 

 

17

 

Nothing left to loose

 

synthetic polymer paint on canvas

40.0 x 40.0 cm

 

$1,350

 

 

 

18

 

Awesome

 

synthetic polymer paint on birch panel

40.0 x 40.0 cm

 

$1,350

 

 

 

19

 

I love your dark heart

 

oil on birch panel

40.0 x 40.0 cm

 

$1,350

 

 

 

20

 

I want to go home

 

synthetic polymer paint on canvas

40.0 x 40.0 cm

 

$1,350

21

 

My wild side comes out in the kill 

 

synthetic polymer paint on birch panel

40.0 x 40.0 cm

 

$1,350

22

 

Everything in its own time

 

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40.0 x 40.0 cm

 

$1,350

23

 

You've got to give yourself freedom 

 

synthetic polymer paint on birch panel

40.0 x 40.0 cm

 

$1,350