Inès Longevial, a Sensitive Painter

Inès Longevial, a Sensitive Painter

Inès Longevial’s paintings look light and casual, but they are like plunging into a subtle, very coloured and sometimes provocative world. On her canvases, in a mix of blurred lines and forms, Inès creates faces with intense looks, where the curves of a body explore the human with a lot of poetry. No contours and no shades in her creations, where the gently mixed colours make us feel like we are in a suspended time. It makes us want to look again at these bodies which stare at us. Inès paints her coloured visions on any medium and always with the same energy. A collection of short-lived tattoo sketches, a scarf with Amélie Pichard, collaborations with Nike, Fred Perry and others… Her art tells us a lot, and besides her work as a painter, she is also an illustrator and keeps collaborating with great people and brands she carefully chooses. A refreshing artist you must absolutely know.

Salon Artiste Peintre Inès Longevial Paris
Peinture Salon Artiste Peintre Inès Longevial Paris
Peinture Tableau Artiste Peintre Inès Longevial Paris

Inès, how did you start painting?

Inès

It comes from my childhood. I’ve always painted. I kept drawing, all the time, I loved it. My mother, who painted as well, encouraged me. She used to take me to exhibitions. Except for a period when I was hesitating between being a cosmonaut and a fashion designer, I’ve always wanted to do this. I studied graphic design and applied arts, and I’ve always worked in illustration – painted of course.

Can you tell us how you arrived in Paris?

Inès

It has been two years now and one thing led to another quite quickly. A friend, who is an illustrator, introduced me to the team of a new bar in Pigalle, “L’Isolé”. We were doing a poster each month, and also invitations, etc. I painted something different every time, on the theme of love and sensuality. That’s when it all began and, little by little, I had more orders and collaboration offers.

How did you choose these collaborations?

Inès

It’s hard to choose because I would like to do nothing but paint. It’s currently fascinating because a lot of things are happening, I got a lot of proposals, but I realise, maybe for the first time, the choices I have to make. I’m very careful so that, in the future, I do only what I want and that I don’t work on things I haven’t truly desired. This idea of doing myself a product, a brand, this “self-promotion” which enables to work, can also have a perverse effect. I try to choose only brands and people I like, according to what I’m taken with, because giving its image and credit to these names do matter. Until now, I’ve worked with amazing brands and people: Amélie Pichard, Nike and even Levi’s. I’m going to start a new collaboration with Sézane soon.

Can you tell us about your style and your way of working?

Inès

I think it’s hard, and not always pleasant, to define oneself. But there must be something romantic in my painting. I paint with oil and I use a lot of flat tints. With a lot of red and pink these days, because I worked a lot on skins and its shades. I paint a lot of humans, nudes and flowers. I first sketch so I find the right lines and the expression I like. I like spending a long time painting, isolated during several days without seeing anyone. It’s the way I work: some intense periods of work and quieter moments. For now, I work home in Paris or I go to my parents’ in the Basque Country.

Portrait Artiste Inès Longevial Salon Appartement Paris
Commode Salon Commode Détails Artiste Peintre Inès Longevial Paris
Salon Appartement Artiste Peintre Inès Longevial Paris
Sculpture et fleurs Cheminée Salon Appartement Artiste Peintre Inès Longevial Paris

I think it’s hard, and not always pleasant, to define oneself. But there must be something romantic in my painting.

Salon Appartement Artiste Peintre Inès Longevial Paris
Dessins Mur salon Artiste Peintre Inès Longevial Appartement Paris

What does influence you?

Inès

When it comes to painting, I’m inspired by classic things, which remind me of my childhood: Rodin, Camille Claudel, Picasso. Well, the basis. And then, every artistic movement. I pick through painters. Cinema is also an endless source of inspiration. If I had to talk about just one, I’d say Almodovar and the colours he uses – it’s fascinating. One of Frida Khalo’s sentences inspires me a lot: the one in which she talks about the topics of her work, says that the one she knows the best is herself, and that, as a consequence, she is becoming the topic/medium. It’s a bit the same for me. Painting is like a medium that enables me to show what I feel. A release place. For example my collection of self-portraits came from a time when I didn’t paint a lot, during which I wanted to stay in bed all the time. I worked on blankets, fabrics, like ties to untie. I think I form mental pictures a lot. I feel everything we can say about painting is very cliché. There is something lasting, like a mark you leave behind yourself.

Which decoration element is essential to you?

Inès

Flowers! I love them in a home, even more since my moving in Paris. After a childhood in the countryside, I quickly realised how this was part of me. Sometimes, you feel a bit tight in Paris.

Do you have exhibitions to come?

Inès

I’m currently working on an exhibition for Los Angeles, for next September. I’d like to organise another one for Paris, but since I self-produce, it can take more time.

Tableau Artiste Peintre Inès Longevial Paris
Dessins Salon Appartement Artiste Peintre Inès Longevial Paris
Chambre Appartement Artiste Peintre Inès Longevial Paris
Inès Longevial, a Sensitive Painter

Credits : Eve Campestrini @thesocialitefamily

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