From The Studio of… French Painter Thomas Saliot


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Favorite material to work with? Canvas

What is your medium? Oil

What themes do you pursue? Scenes from life, loads of women, and very iconic images; really pop with a classic, realistic approach

How many years as an artist? 20 more or less

Most important tool you use? Brush and fingers

Where is your studio? In Marakkech, and less often, Paris

What do you collect? Vintage watches, Indian  miniatures painting and mistakes.

Favorite contemporary artist? Currin, Liepke,Carson

A piece of art you love? The piramides, hampi (India)


“Intense Close up” is available for sale for $1,600.00

What was the best advice given to you as an artist? Work, work and work harder. Don’t overdo it trying to be original, just try to be darn good.

Process> Concept or Process<Concept? Brain is your worst enemy.

Why do you make art? I think art is a very overrated word, craft is what I do, art is what it might become, but it is not a big issue for me.

Art school or self-taught? Met de peninghen (esag) in Paris for 3 years and Beaux art for a year.

Religion or pop culture? I respect religion and pop culture is the base of my work.

Traditional or conceptual? Tradition rocks


Thomas’ Easel with a Work in Progress

Prefer to work with music or in silence? I listen to audio books or university courses all the time while working.

iTunes, spotify, records? Records

Succulents or cigarettes? Cigies

Everyone has a vice. Care to call yourself out? Whisky and cigarettes, use to love drugs, but I’m not a spring chicken any more.


Blame it on Ipanema is available for sale for $1,500.00

Favorite sound? The sea, not very original.

Favorite smell? My wife

Where can we find you outside the studio? Surfing or swimming

Who are your favorite writers? Sandor Marai, Amin Maalouf, Donald Westlake, Andrei Makine

What could you not do without? My family

If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do? Loved to have inherited a fortune and travel, build houses in my favorite places (India, Greece, South of France, Morocco).

Day job? Painting

Food or sleep? Both


Thomas Amongst His Creations in His Studio

Greatest achievement? Crossed India from north to south on an Enfield bullet.

Finish the sentence: “I would never be caught dead….” Taking myself to seriously.

Would you rather be able to make a living as an artist now or become famous after you die? The greatest plague of the artistic word for me is the ‘van goth’ wet dream of most of the bad and lazy artist. Bad nowadays is bad, public and sales are a very good judges.

Were you popular in high school? Absolutely not

Would you rather see your art on a t-shirt or on a billboard? Depends on who is wearing the t-shirt

Astrology or astronomy? Astronomy

Would you ever figure model naked? For my wife, yes


“Blue Green Water” is available for sale for $1,2oo.00.

Photo references? A lot, photo is my inspiration and with the proliferation of places like tumblr, it is very stimulating.

Is painting dead? Walking dead

Favorite brush? Flat round,pig hair

Palette knifes? No

What do you wear while you paint? In the summer in Marakkech, not very much.

Painting Inside or Outside? Inside

Monet or Manet? Both


  1. “Brain is our worst ennemy ! ” ;-)
    I would rather say very much usefull but sometimes painfull .
    Félicite les chinois de ma part !

  2. A friend of mine from the art school had to draw a whole bunch of quick sketches from the streets, the real life in the city as an assignment.

    She felt lazy and just did all the sketches from the models from the pages of fashion and porn magazines. She brought those to the school and the teacher told her that she did not draw these at bus stations and café places but from photos and that they all looked lifeless, trite and conventional, trapped in the same general, artificial pose.

    Long time i was wondering why drawing from fashion magazines produces pieces with this dull, “ordinary”, lifeless mood..i feel it must be because of the standard way those models pose, besides, it is often about presenting some product, nothing to do with being interesting character with unique mood/feeling/dream.

  3. Painted from photoghraphs they remain as 2 dimentional as the person who painted them.

  4. I Love your REGARD AND RED GLASSES ELEGANT Paintings… I have them in my favorites.. cynthia jackson

  5. Interesting work, I like the color palette used, very soft


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