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.