Sceramic sculptor Florence Lemiegre lives and works both in Paris and Normandy.
Her workshop, Atelier Jules Vernes, is surrounded by century-old trees and located really close to the sea, at Assigny, little and typic french village near Dieppe in upper Normandy region
At the age of nine years old, she discovers clay, drawing and painting as a student of the László Mindszenti Academy of Rouen, while attending night school at the Beaux Arts. After her baccalaureate, she decides to pursue an Art degree and graduates with honors a few years later from Sorbonne Paris 1 with a bachelor in Audiovisual Arts and Sciences of Arts in industrial design, with the designer Roger Tallon as her research supervisor. She studies design during one year at the University of Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A, and then returns to France to dedicate herself her passion for clay.
For over thirty years the artist has been exploring clay and enjoying artistic experimentation. Rethinking the way we dream about clay. Making the invisible visible through material, texture and colors. To reach this goal, the magical raku technic was anobvious choice for her, a technic that she gets to discover along with Olivier Oet. From 1995 to 2017 she attends his classes at the Paris and Soisy studios.
From 2015 to 2016 she studies enamels and oxydes with professor and ceramist sculptor Michèle Levy-Letessier, former student of Helena Klug.
Although sandstone is her first love, the artist decides to come back to school in 2017 to specialize herself in earthenware, attending an intensive 30 hours/week program within the studio where Henri Matisse himself used to create. This adventure is a unique opportunity to feed her inspiration while mastering new techniques, opening up to new creative possibilities. Ever since then Florence Lemiegre works with both kind of clay, alongside with enamels specific to each of them. New horizons opened to the artists, which enables the creation of new sculptures.
Her creative work is characterized by several major thematics : “Les Pavés“ (« The pavements ») – “La Forêt imaginaire et enchantée“ – (The imaginary and enchanted Forest“), “Les Culbutos”, “Les Moons“, “Les Noli me tangere“ – (« Don’t touch me »), “Les Têtes de la décennie du O“ – (« The O decade’s heads »).
Her ceramic sculptures are showcased in Parisian galleries, and she is part of several exhibitions, biennales and art fairs in France as well as abroad,
São Paulo-Brazil, St petersburg-Russia, Montreal-Canada, Sarria-Spain, Venise-Italy, Pahos-Cyprus, Brussels-Belgium, Xi’ian-China.
Through her art, the artist talks about feelings, emotions, fears, needs, equilibriums and disequilibriums, fragile and ephemeral splendors. She narrates Life. Her oneiric and poetic universes challenge and enthrall us.
. The artist is carried by a new dynamic and starts sharing her creative universe with the general public. Exhibiting her work is the beginning of a strong, life-bearing and above all human adventure. Her sculptures are noticed by an art passionate that exhibits her work during several years in ephemeral galleries and atypical settings.
. She then meets a well-known member of the Support-Surface movement, André-Pierre Arnal. They collaborate together to create a « livre pauvre », an artistic project supported by Daniel Leuwers.
. She is the first laureate of the PUBLIC AWARD – National contest “Body and Souls“ La Ralentie Gallery – Paris. The artist is also part of several collective exhibitions in Normandy, region of her childhood.
. First personal exhibition with more than 140 ceramic sculptures, as well as an acquisition by the Mers-les-Bains City Hall – Upper Normandy region.
. For the very first, Florence Lemiegre’s work is part of the Salon d’Automne of Paris. The same year, the artist decides to devote herself full time to her passion and her art. Although an expert of sandstone clay with raku firing, a process that she’s been using for over 25 years, she continues her studies to specialize in the earthenware technique with an intensive training of 30 hours per week during a year.
. Since 2016, the artist also shows her work at the Etienne de Causan gallery in the 8th district of Paris, and at the Vivienne Art gallery through the Friends of the Salon d’Automne of Paris Society – an organization chaired by the director and painter Jean Desvilles.
. First personal exhibition in Paris on the Champs Elysées at the Christiane Peugeot space, with Laura Le Corre Arkaval as the curator.
. Simultaneously, her ceramic sculptures are also shown at the Contemporary Art Center of Thesis in Venice, Italy at the occasion of the “My Venetian Gold“ exhibit, along with the acquisition of four of her sculptures by the foundation.
. For the second time she’s also part of the Salon d’Automne of Paris (114th edition). From February 2017 to September 2018, the prestigious Barclays Bank exhibits her work at the parent company -Victor Hugo Avenue- as well as within Exelmans agencies in Paris.
. In July 2017, she is one of the finalists of the Art Workshop of France contest (Les Ateliers d’Art de France) – Ile-de-France region.
. In September 2017, on the occasion of the artistic and cultural event #PARISARTISTES 2017, she receives the PUBLIC AWARD for her ceramic sculptures “Les Culbutos“, and the 8th district City Hall of Paris hosts 50 of her sculptures.
. In 2017, year during which Pafos is elected European Capital of Culture, her “Culbutos“ are selected by the Society of the Salon d’Automne in Cyprus for an itinerant exhibition from december 2017 to april 2018 organized by the French Institute of Nicosia.
In 2018, she is SCULPTURE PRIZE LAUREATE of the exhibitions commission of the Taylor Foundation of Paris for her work “La Forêt imaginaire et enchantée“ (“The imaginary and enchanted forest“). More than thirty trees, that she has been working on for 15 years, are shown for the very first time at the Foundation’s gallery for a month.
. For the third time, her work is selected for the Salon d’Automne of Paris, 115th edition. On that occasion, the artist shows her “Noli me tangere“ (« Don’t touch me ») work.
. She’s one of the guest artist of the exhibit « White gold from the manufacture to the school » at the Château of Vincennes.
. Her work is selected for the 50th anniversary of the Art Friends of the Briançon Castle Society of Criel by the Sea.
. She’s also part of the Third Contemporary Art Biennial of Versailles with her work “Noli me Tangere“. The “Culbutos“, “Moons“ and “Pavés“ are honored during the “L’un à l’autre, l’un sans l’autre“ and “Oh Heaven“ exhibits at the Isabelle Laverny Gallery, where she is a permanent artist.
. First exhibition at the Grand Palais of Champs Elysées – Art Capital – French Artists Salon.
. Her work is selected to be part at the Salon d’Automne in Xi’an, China. In collaboration with the Organisation of the Artists of the SHAANXI Province, chaired by Master WANG Xijing. The opening will be held on Monday, May 13rd, in the presence of numerous Chinese personalities, as well as Mrs Jeanne d’Hauteserre, Major of the 8th District of Paris.
. In october, the artist, now a member of the Salon d’Automne in Paris, exhibited for the 4th year.
. NATURE exhibition in the native region of the artist. From November 8 to 17 in Pourville-sur-Mer in upper Normandy region. Artistic event organized by Mr. Jean-Jacques Brument, Mayor of Hautot-sur-Mer, members of the municipal council and in partnership with Villa Perrotte.
. In November and until December and as every year for four years, the works of Florence Lemiegre are selected for the exhibition of Friends of the Salon d’Automne in Paris at the Étienne de Causans gallery in Paris, rue de Seine.
2012 – 2020 • Galerie Isabelle Laverny, Paris 17e. France.
2018 – 2020 • DEGO import export et Ceramic Trends.
2018 – 2019 • Galerie LA PLACE, Paris 2e. France.
2017 – 2019 • Galerie l’Avant Port, La Flotte, l’Ile de Ré. France.
2014 – 2016 • Galerie Quai Est, Ivry-sur-Seine Paris. France.
2010 – 2015 • Galerie Sophie etc…, Paris 11e. France.
AWARDS – CONTESTS
• SCULPTURE AWARD – Contest of the exhibitions commission of the Taylor Foundation – 9th district of Paris, France.
• PUBLIC AWARD – Contest « Body and Soul », La Ralentie Gallery – Art & Thoughts, 11th district of Paris, France.
2017 Acquisition of three sculptures for the permanent collection of the Thétis, Venice, Italy.
2014 Acquisition by the city of Mers-les-Bains, Picardie, France.
2019 – 2020 Member of the Salon d’Automne de Paris
2018 – 2019 Association the “T”
2016 – 2020 The Friends of the Paris Autumn Salon
2015 – 2020 Member of the Taylor Foundation
2015 – 2020 ENSAD ALUMNI PARIS – Alumni of the Decorative Arts of Paris