Provence's rolling farmlands, sun-drenched coasts and looming valleys have always been a source of inspiration to the great painters of history, including Elisabeth Estivalet, a painter of our time.
A native of Poland, Estivalet fell in love with the region of Provence when she settled there in the late 1970's. Though she holds degrees in both Economics and Philosophy, the countryside of Provence elicited from her a natural artistic talent, and she instinctively embarked on a passionate and lifelong career as an artist. Painting solely with a palette knife, Estivalet taught herself to master the techniques of color management, perspective and composition. What resulted are candid renditions of a tranquil and serene Provence.
Estivalet's sunny landscapes bring to mind the works of the old Post-Impressionist masters. Her subject matter and artistic style are reminiscent of the masterful works of Paul Cézanne. Her thick palette and vibrant colors are evocative of Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin in Arles. Yet, in spite of the many similarities and comparisons, Estivalet stands alone as a painter. Her exceptional interpretations of Provence are unrivalled. Her refreshing works elicit feelings of contentment and tranquillity, and invite one to explore a pristine and undiscovered French countryside.
In the late 1980's, Elisabeth and her husband, Michel, opened a gallery of their own near their home in Provence as a vehicle to sell her works. As a result of the gallery's success and Michel's encouragement, Estivalet gained the confidence to enter her artwork in various international juried art competitions throughout France. Her unparalleled evocations of the French countryside won her numerous gold medals and first prize awards. The international acclaim and exposure she gained from these art competitions led her to Art Expo Las Vegas in 1996, where she officially debuted her work in the U.S. Here, in Las Vegas, Estivalet's stunning landscapes caught the eye of a prestigious New York art publisher, who offered to represent her in the U.S. This relationship resulted in the publication of 9 limited edition serigraphs of her work and countless sold-out solo exhibitions from east coast to west coast. In early 2000, unable to keep up with the public demand for her works, Estivalet closed her gallery in Provence, and decided to concentrate solely on her American market. Now, in 2008, after an amicable split with her New York publisher, Estivalet forages ahead on her own.
Throughout the years, Estivalet has gained a celebrity following. Her work has been featured in several Hollywood motion pictures. Most recently her work appears in the psycho-thriller motion picture, "The Strangers," starring Liv Tyler. Her work is also the subject of an art education class, which explores her artistic style alongside the styles of Georgia O'Keefe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Paul Cézanne. It is of no surprise that demand for her work is at an all time high.
2008 P & C Fine Art, Washington, D.C.
2008 Galerie de l'Europe, San Francisco, CA
2007 Galerie Royale, New Orleans, LA
2006 P & C Fine Art, Washington, D.C.
2006 Galerie de l'Europe, San Francisco, CA
2005 Galerie de l'Europe, San Francisco, CA
2005 Boston, MA
2005 Galerie Soho, New York, NY
2004 Washington, D.C.
2003 Newbury Fine Arts, Boston , MA
2003 Washington, D.C.
2002 Galerie Soho, New York, NY
2001 Hanson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2001 Hanson Gallery at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, CA
2000 Galerie Soho, New York, NY
2000 Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2000 Ventana Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2000 P & C Fine Art, Washington, D.C.
2000 Hanson Gallery at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, CA
1999 Galerie Soho, New York, NY
1999 Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
1998 Galerie Soho, New York, NY
1996 Lumina Art Gallery, New York, NY
1997 – Silver Medal, L'Académie des Arts des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, France
1996 – Silver Medal, La Société l'Elite, France
1995 – Gold Medal, Salon de Cavaillon, Cavaillon, France
1995 – Gold Medal, Salon de Rive-de-Gier, Rive de Giers, France
1995 – Grand Prize of the City, Salon du Teil, Le Teil, France
1995 – Grand Prize of the City, Salon de Nyons, Nyons, France
1994 – Silver Medal, Salon de Béziers, Béziers, France
1994 – Grand Prize of the City, Salon de Mallemort, Mallemort, France
1994 – Grand Prize of the Lutèce Academy, Salon de Nyons, Nyons, France
1994 – Silver Medal, Salon de Cavaillon, Cavaillon, France
1994 – Bronze Medal, Salon de Rive-de-Gier, Rive de Giers, France
1994 – Gold Medal, Salon de Saint-Chamond, Saint-Chamond, France
1993 – First Prize, Salon de Cassis, Cassis, France
1992 – First Prize, Salon de Nyons, Nyons, France