Emilie Heurtevent is a Melbourne-based abstract artist who loves to work with black and white acrylic painting, ink and textures. Emilie grew up in Paris where she was surrounded by museums and a constant turnover of exhibitions. She learned and practiced multiple drawing techniques as well as watercolours and Chinese calligraphy before experimenting with abstracts.

Her studio and home are located in Brunswick, Victoria. She shares her life with her partner Lucas and Geraldine the cat, both fantastic Art critics.

Cycles of decay and renewal – change, growth and personal perception are Emilie’s recurring subjects. Like in Nature, I believe changes are necessary, serving as an invitation to savour this precious life and a way to experience a sense of growth and purpose. My intent is to make art that highlights these cycles of decay and renewal, and questions what lies beyond our sight. Ultimately, my purpose is to help you embrace this imperfect world and bring you serenity.

Where do you get your inspiration?
I paint when I get the urge. Different sounds, colours, lights, movement can trigger me. The grey of concrete in the city, the smoothness of the clouds.

What does it mean to you to be an artist?
Being an artist is trying to bring the inside out. It’s a reflection of my emotions and a response to the world. Something to align with meditation and psychology I guess. That said, it cannot be a simple face-to-face between myself and the canvas. A third party is involved here, and this third party is everyone else.
The purpose then is to inspire those who see my work to look at the world around them, to discover beauty in unusual places.

How do you feel when you are painting?
I’m a combination of calm and chaotic. Without any tangible idea in mind, I let my feelings flow onto the canvas. It’s all about experimentation.

Emilie Heurtevent