Profile: Philippe Gandiol

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Philippe Gandiol

Champs Elysées at Dusk, 30 x 40", Oil, © Philippe Gandiol
Champs Elysées at Dusk          30 x 40"          Oil

"The painting becomes the master, I am the instrument."

   The culture and artistry of a childhood in France is reflected in Philippe Gandiol's paintings. Although he moved to northern California in his twenties, Gandiol retains a European sensibility in his landscapes and cityscapes. He is an multiple award-winning artist and very active in the California arts communities. He wrote to us about growing up in France and the influences of its culture, about his mentors and his current work and processes.

Dusk in Montparnasse, 24 x 30", Oil, © Philippe Gandiol
Dusk in Montparnasse          23 x 30"          Oil

   My grandparents who lived in Paris were a great inspiration to me. They loved art. The walls of their house were adorned with many paintings. My grandpa took me with him to visit some artists' studios and museums and also to concerts and plays. I remember doing some wood sculpting (very rough) using the many tools he had. My aunt was singing in a choir and a very close friend of her and the family was a renowned cellist.

   There was a definite emphasis on all forms of art and cultural education (art, writing, music, acting, etc.) in high school and then in college. I think that, in my own experience, it was and still is much stronger in France than here.


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