Inside the Studio: Antoine Renault (France)


Studio2Antoine Renault

Studio7Antoine working in his studio.  

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?
I started to paint by chance on a summer day. Since then, I never stopped painting the feelings of that same day: simple instants of happiness and freedom close to the sea. My favorite ingredients? Transparency and reflection. Sprinkle with a pinch of sexiness. Bake under the summer sun. Serve on the ocean side.

Studio9Some works in progress in the studio.  

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
Eric Zener gave me some feedback once on my painting, “Angelito.” He said to leave more room for feelings, and to be more subtle with sexiness.

palette11Artist materials. 

palette5The artist’s palette.  

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
I like to do things that I love while listening to music. Always. If you look carefully, you should recognize in my last paintings some brushstrokes by Jack the Ripper, Regina Spektor, Angus & Julia Stone, London Grammar, Arthur H, The Do, Vanessa Paradis, Agnes Obel, Micky Green or Cat Power.

MO Perspect15The artist’s palette. 

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
“The Kiss” by Rodin. Sculpture is the art that I admire most. I am amazed to see marble act as a catalyst for such deep emotions. And the museum which houses this piece is my favorite in Paris.

MO Pink8A close up of Antoine working on a painting. 

Tell us about your process?
I was a passionate photographer before becoming a painter, which of course does influence the way I choose to compose and frame my paintings. I always start from photos, and then “arrange” the reality in a way that best fits my mood and my very simple color palette (I work exclusively with always the same four colors now).

What I like to achieve is this subtle balance between almost photorealistic perception (when you are two meters away from the piece) and pretty rough brushstrokes when you are close to it.  I find it a bit magical to create the impression of water through paint: perfect fluidity from one perspective where you can almost feel the liquid, and abstract colors and shapes from up close. I don’t know why…but that’s something I love to create.

Studio1Antoine working on a painting in his studio. 

Who are your favorite writers?
Music composers. I do not read books, as I do not have the patience. I read some philosophy from time to time, such as the contemporary philosopher Comte-Sponville, who is in line with Spinoza’s thinking.

Exhib Versailles “Bliss”, Antoine’s solo exhibition in the “Esprit d’Atelier” Gallery (Versailles, June 2012).  

Exhib Versailles3Installation images from “Bliss”, Antoine’s solo exhibition in the “Esprit d’Atelier” Gallery (Versailles, June 2012). 

Exhib Neuilly2Installation images from “Acqua di blue”, Antoine’s solo exhibition in the “Duvivier” Gallery (Paris-Neuilly, February 2014). 


Exhib gifInstallation images from “Regards”, exhibition in Château de Belleville (Gif sur Yvette, June 2012).

pink mermaid “Pink Mermaid”  

dancing beneath the clouds “Dancing Beneath the Clouds” 

quincy davis“Quincy Davis”  

j'ete d'ecume “J’ete d’ecume” 

where is the cliff?“Where is the cliff?”   


  1. I really enjoyed reading about your painting process, your limited palette, and your start as a photographer. Your work is beautiful!

  2. barbara mayville says:

    I love the feelings and emotions that are in your work…the Ocean is one of my favorite places to be….thank you for sharing your work for the world to see.

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  5. Alan says:

    Estoy fascinado con tus obras! Felicitaciones!!’

  6. Great work. I’ve always been a fan of water scenes and you’ve created some great ones! Much continued success!

  7. Transparency and Reflection, lovely works.

    • Antoine Renault says:

      Thx Kirsty.
      Those are my 2 favorite themes indeed. They are probably also part of my personality …

  8. Great artworks! I have seen lots of your paintings and now I have enjoyed seeing “the face behind the brush”
    Very inspiring-

  9. Julia Hacker says:

    Wonderful happy artwork! Great joy to look at!

  10. Jeffrey Kitchell says:

    I love the limited palette. It’s amazing how much mileage you get from so few colors. Bravo. Excellent work.

  11. oil-water-paintings says:

    Great oil water paintings you made, Renault !

    G. Ulf

  12. Christophe Valdeyron (Milou) says:


    je découvre tout à fait par accident ce que tu fais,
    je suis ultra fan!,
    le raport à l’eau, la lumière……et j’entends presque la musique derrière!

    l’émotion est tellement inattendue.
    trés lumineux, curieux de voir ce que celà donne dans le crépuscule.

    • Salut Milou !

      Quel bonne surprise ce commentaire :) Merci !
      Que deviens-tu ??
      Envoie-moi un message via le contact form de mon site que l’on échange qques nouvelles …


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