Colour as a garden
Yves Garandel’s painting
is as exuberant as vegetal outbursts or lava flows. His
chromatic vitality was born from trips to distant lands
and his passion for gardens. No wonder then he always turns
to nature. Fiery nature saturated with light.
Agave fields in Mexico, tobacco plantations
in Cuba, royal poincianas in the Reunion island, green suns
on the Indian Ocean, jacarandas rustling to a jazz improvisation,
this is in short Garandel’s world, a man with a passion
for garden and trips to the ends of the earth. He can talk
for ever about flowers when you ask him. He describes himself
as a self-taught man, but will not deny the good memories
from his early youth, when he attended evening classes at
the Grande Chaumière and at the Atelier de l’Impasse
Bellefeuille in Paris 15th Arrondissement. The months he
spent there fed his vocation without making it a prisoner
of this or that school. After a cubist period, from which
the “Cités Florales” inherited someway,
he gradually turned to more spontaneous motions. His garden
in Ouville l’Abbaye probably was a major step in his
own language development which was gradually brought to
a fuller extent by successive travels. It is his passionate
love for colour and his taste for motion that sustain Garandel.
As René Char once wrote : “He who will trust
the sunflower will not meditate in his own house. All the
thoughts of Love will become his.” Garandel is a man
of the open, a painter infatuated with the open air and
luminous landscapes, a traveller with a child’s heart.
His mind has not aged a bit.
Jazz or rhythmic music are sound food to him and really
helpful when painting or reviewing his travel diaries. Although
he uses oil and acrylic mostly, he has nothing against sand
or coating. For the whole duration of his Cuban period,
he even often used large portions of tobacco leaves mixed
with colour. From canvas to abrasive paper (ideal for pastel)
he invents new horizons. Although his themes follow the
logics of the traveller marvelling at everything he discovers,
Yves Garandel admits he likes changes too. Redoing what
has been successfully achieved the day before is out of
the question. Painting is definitely not about painstaking
repetitions. From the curves of a hill to those of a body,
what he loves most is the Earth, the mother so frequently
mistreated. From active volcanoes to quiet sea beds Garandel
hunts down the wildest things life can offer him. He knows
that man was not meant to master it but to go along with
it and serve it. That is what his painting endeavours to
do with ardour and extravagance.
Luis PORQUET, art critic
Beneath his dazzled good-natured big cat
appearance and imposing stature lies a powerful and instinctive
boldness that makes Yves GARANDEL a true adventurer of painting.
The big man has come a long way since thirty
years ago, when his passion for scuba diving provided him
with the material to celebrate the mysteries and poetry
of sea beds.
Through work and travels, Yves GARANDEL
filled his eyes with new colours and shapes ranging from
motifs to flexible undulations which powerfully suggest
a forceful and brilliant surrealism. A mindful explorer
of the richness of nature and expression and of the impulses
of colours and energy, Yves GARANDEL paints sites and motifs
where imagination confronts poetry in perspectives that
are brought to life by his vibrant and potent colour palette.
The works are both spectacular and confident.
Always more, always better, both creative
and adventurous, Yves GARANDEL has always been brave and
assertive enough to stand as generous and fully independent
André RUELLAN, art