Agathe de Bailliencourt
Parisian artist, Agathe de Bailliencourt was the 2016 Artist in Residence under the Jon Schueler Residency Programme, which has been running for 4 years at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.
The Programme has been extended for another 4 years in partnership with the Jon Schueler Charitable Trust.Agathe, who is usually based in Berlin, was the first painter to be appointed for this residency and perhaps this is fitting as 2016 was the centenary of the abstract expressionist painter’s birth, in whose memory the Programme was established (Jon Schueler, 1916 – 1992).
Agathe has an international reputation as a painter and works on canvas, paper and directly onto space, architecture and nature. For the Scholarship, Agathe produced site-specific work in direct physical connection to the local environment. Working on paintings directly outside was a revelatory new way of working for the artist.
“The stay on Skye has been very important for the development of my work. This landscape is the most fascinating when you actually don’t see anything – with all the clouds moving, with the constantly changing light, unpredictable and poetic. In the process some clouds came to pass through the work quite literally, which is very interesting I think in terms of my interest in ‘recording’ of time and circumstance.”
During her time at Sabhal Mòr, Agathe focused on a series of large format paintings, acrylic applied on raw linen canvas with a water-colour technique, and a series of drawings that use words to describe a landscape. “I used words to draw air”.
The drawings produced during the residency have been exhibited in Singapore this winter; the paintings will be on view in Mexico at Zona Maco in February, and then at the Armory Show in New York City in March 2018