Rene Couturier
French, b. 1933

Rene Couturier is a world renowned artist whose works display a master virtuosity. His talent encompasses the bold figurative lines of the "Jeune Painture" Movement, the power of an Abstract dimension, and a phenomenal color technique which is distinctly his own. Couturier's superimposed layers of sand and oil paint are blended on canvas by palette knife. From this textured foundation his brilliant tomes are brought forth with an astounding intensity. The resulting composition is a vigorous contrast of color on texture, texture on dimension, and dimension on line.

Born in 1933 in Dieppe , Normandy , a coastal town of France , Rene' began drawing before he could walk. His artistic ambitions withstood four adolescent years at a watch making school and he later went on to study at l'Ecole des Beaux Arts of Marseille. From 1958 to 1968 he was represented in several group and salon shows in France . He has since embarked on a round of exhibitions that include Europe, Africa, Canada and the United States .

Several of his landscapes and still life drawings were inspired by his native seaside environment; many others were culled from far reaching sojourns to Brazil , Morocco , Spain and Mali , and six months on the Ivory Coast . Often likened to Bernard Buffet, Rene Couturiers' works reflect a similar eye for subject studies, but the focus of the intent originates from a uniquely personal source of fervor. Couturier's remarkable talent stands apart as enlightened testimony: his art is self evident.