Art can impact us in many ways. A painting can transport us somewhere we’ve never been, a photograph can introduce us to a new world of light and shadow, and a sculpture can allow us to interact with the human form in ways we never have before. The artwork of Fleur Spolidor does something entirely different, it introduces us to a world we’ve never even imagined. By tapping into imagery that is familiar, an Alice from a Wonderland far beyond the strangeness Lewis Carroll dreamt, well-manicured suburban lawns, and antique photos of our ancestors, Spolidor leverages our shared memories and dreams before disorienting us with unexpected settings and narratives. The effect is thought-provoking, exciting, and perhaps disturbing, all at the same time. In an age of countless distractions, when everything is controversial, but nothing is shocking, Spolidor achieves something noteworthy in her work - she captivates our attention. Each work invites us to look, ponder and reflect. We experience tension and repose, calm and confusion all at once. And we want more! As you explore her website, I invite you to take your time, to involve your imagination and senses, and to experience the artwork of Fleur Spolidor.
J. Jason Horejs
Owner, Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Since Fleur moved from France to the United States 15 years ago, she's been researching and painting the history of San Francisco and the Bay Area. She always found fascinating to observe how it can go from one extreme to the other in less than 250 years. Starting with a small Spanish settlement to the Gold Rush, from the 1906 earthquake, to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 or even from the "Summer of Love" to the high tech of the growing Silicon Valley.
Born in 1974 and raised in Paris, France, she studied Art History at the University of Paris X Nanterre and Fine Art in different art studios. She received a MFA from the University of Paris X in 2000 and started a PhD about "Figurative Print in the Bay Area". She never finished it, but in the first years of her PhD, she taught Art History and Fine Art at the University and in private schools of design. Her work is inspired by the work of Henri Matisse, Gustav Klimt and Frida Kahlo.
Fleur works mostly in figurative painting but also love to develop her subject matter through many techniques like digital painting, printmaking, encaustic, stained glass and mural. She have traveled and exhibited in France, Switzerland, San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Her work is in the permanent collection of The San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City, and at the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce in San Carlos. She teach art classes in French at Artefleur's Studio located at the Art Center of Redwood City and San Carlos, year-round.
2001-2010 University Paris X Nanterre, France PhD Contemporary Art History (Not completed) “Comparative Study of 3 printmakers working with Crown Point Press in San Francisco: Robert Bechtle, Wayne Thiebaud and Christopher Brown”
1999-2000 Ateliers Beaux-Arts Glacière Paris, Instructor Frank Denon “Printmaking: Acquire the rigorous gestures and tools of engraving, and confront different contemporary approaches of the printed image.”
1996-2000 University Paris X Nanterre, Master Contemporary Art History “A comparison between the Living Theatre of Judith Malina and Julian Beck with the Arte Povera movement ”
1994-1995 Beaux-Art de Rouen
1993-1995 University Paris X Nanterre, Bachelor Degree Contemporary Art History.
The Luxor Obelisk in Paris.
In May 1998, while Fleur was learning engraving at a Paris School of Fine Art, she was asked by the Foundry Pierre de Coubertin in Saint Remy les Chevreuse, France, to engrave a commemorative plaque in copper for the pyramidion of The Luxor Obelisk, Place de la Concorde, in Paris. It was a Custom order for E. Poncelet Inspecteur General des monuments Historiques. The Obelisk was missing its original gold-leafed pyramid cap (believed stolen in the 6th century BC) and the French government had decided to have it replaced. The plaque she engraved was placed underneath the new cap on top of the Obelisk. The new gold leaf pyramid cap was unveiled during the visit of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as part of the celebrations of the Franco-Egyptian relations. The Luxor Obelisk is, since then, back to its original splendor.
Recycling Bridal Gown Samples.
In 2008, Fleur was working free lance for a Bridal Store in San Mateo. They were trying to find a way to recycle bridal gown samples. She was painting, sewing, dyeing the gowns. Today's bride magazine contacted the store looking for a new idea for their summer edition. One of her dress made the cover. Today’s Bride, Summer 2008, Cover page & page 8. Model «Tea with a Butterfly» Silk Painting for Nouvelle Vogue, San Mateo, CA, USA. National Bride Publication, 2008.