Like a scene straight out of a fantasy film or serene daydream, Eric Roux-Fontaine’s works manage to paint a picture of a world just outside our realm of possibility. His delicately painted, lush works frame subjects teetering on the edge of reality; be them living on the moon or drifting down a river adorned with celestial orbs of light.
Based in Lyon, his work is largely inspired by his travels throughout Central America, India and Eastern Europe, specifically to Borucan & Romani communities. In an interview prior his solo exhibition Jardins secrets at Axelle Galerie in 2015, Roux-Fontaine elaborated on the inspirations behind his work, stating:
“Originally the garden was an enclosed space, just as the artist workshop is, where man tried to force nature to fit the human scale… Today, the scale is reversed; the world has become a garden itself, which can’t be enclosed by a wall (thankfully!). The man who once attempted to shape nature to his will for centuries, taming the plants by putting them in a cage, imposing his rhythm and moods, realizes that trees communicate, forests are moving, and some plants grow tired of their surroundings and disappear here only to reappear thousands of miles away…”
Roux-Fontaine’s work has been exhibited throughout his homeland of France and around the world, landing him in the permanent collections at Musée des Beaux-art in Chambéry and Musée Paul Dini in Villefranche-sur-Saône. In addition to his recent exhibition at Galerie Felli, his work can be found right here at M Fine Arts in Boston.
To learn more about Eric Roux-Fontaine, visit his website and artist profile.