Local artist Matthieu Falle is bringing the flavour of Madagascar to the Jersey Arts Centre.
His latest exhibition, which is supported by Kleinwort Benson and the Jersey Arts Trust in association with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, showcases his experience of a two month journey around “Land of the Lemur”.
The exhibition also highlights the important conservation work the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust has been doing in Madagascar over the past 25 years in helping to protect and conserve its endangered wildlife and habitat.
“I don’t think art can be fully explained in words, but to describe my paintings, I focus on the fundamentals of everyday living,” said Mattheiu.
“In an overly complex world I like to portray the simple things, in a simple, direct style. Madagascar was a perfect place for me to travel for my art, as not only does it have fascinating wildlife, such as the lemurs, but its way-of-life in general is slower, more traditional and natural. Life is very much lived outdoors there, which I found fantastic, as I was constantly amazed and inspired, sketching whatever was happening in everyday life in Madagascar.”
“Matthieu is an outstanding local artist,” said Clive Wright of Kleinwort Benson.
“His simple yet distinctive style has gained recognition and a huge following both locally and internationally. We are delighted to be supporting such a successful home grown talent in this, our 50th anniversary year in Jersey.”
Matthieu was born in Jersey and attended De La Salle College before studying at the Winchester School of Art and Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College.
He was shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2009.
Madagascar – Land of Lemurs opens at the Berni Gallery, Jersey Arts Centre, on Monday 23 April 2012 and finishes on Saturday 19 May 2012.
Kleinwort Benson is hosting an exclusive evening for clients on Tuesday 24 April 2012.
15% of all proceeds from sales will be donated to Durrell for their vital conservation work in Madagascar.