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The Soul of French Buildings - Emilie Geant

​Join us at the opening night of the art exhibition "The Soul of French Buildings" by Émilie Géant! Don't miss this great opportunity to discover the drawings of a very talented French artist, and enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles with the artist!

The official opening​ will be on Wednesday 11 July at 6.30 pm. (Emilie's artwork will be exhibited in the Square Edge Gallery from the 6 to the 31st of July).

Free event, donations welcome.

The Exhibition

In France, some buildings have stood for centuries, silently witnessing the world around them. Each imperfection, like a wrinkle, unveils their beauty.  Walk by these old buildings a million times and you will see something new each time.  Come closer and run your fingers over the stones. There is always a new crack, a new tear, a new scar. And beyond the marks, there are the life stories they hold.

Using ink with dip pen as my main medium, I use rough rendering to impart the nostalgia these French facades exude, adding only a very few touches of watercolour to breathe life into the stones.

The Artist

Emilie Géant is a French artist who studied art and illustration at the Emile Cohl School in Lyon.

In 2006, she won an award for her paintings in the “Les Tremplins de la Création” competition, following which she embarked on a long journey through New Zealand, filling notebooks with drawings and paintings along the way.

Back in France, she published La Terre du Long Nuage Blanc; Carnet de Voyage en Nouvelle-Zélande, an illustrated travelogue about her experiences and her discovery of Kiwi culture. A few years later, she collaborated on a publication for French youth, allowing her to share her love of New Zealand.

It soon became clear that she could not stay away from this country for long and in 2012, Emilie moved to Auckland, then Palmerston North with her young family. Inspired by her new life, she keeps busy, always embarking on new artistic projects.

More information about Emilie’s artworks can be found on her website