Semi-finalist

About

TITANE LAURENT, a new figure of abstract expressionism in Melbourne and well known internationally for her “Art De Vivre” figurative expressionist paintings.

Born in Morocco in 1964 to Belgian parents, Laurent developed an interest in illustration and painting during high school. Laurent then followed a corporate career in marketing whilst continuing to indulge her artistic passions till 1999, when she left Belgium to continue her education as an artist in New Zealand. She has exhibited and won awards in Perth, Melbourne, Japan, Mauritius, New York and Florida. In 2014 she returned to Australia, settling in Melbourne, where she recently launched LAURENT Gallery and Art space with partner Jonathon Miller.

Her early mastery of drawing and cartooning along with her 8-year apprenticeship with Chinese Conceptual Art teacher Gao XUYONG, attuned her to the abstract essence of line. Working in mixed media, Laurent’s style developed from figurative and representational works to black and white, emblematic and calligraphic compositions, where forms became rapidly brushed marks. The ambiance of New York where she lived and the influence of masters like Motherwell, Franz Kline, Basquiat, etc inspired tremendously LAURENT. Her sketches, mixed media paintings, and calligraphy over thick hidden foundation reveal her interest in seeking a pictorial equivalent to the dynamic rhythms of Life in fast, energetic, broad brushstrokes and the peaceful, deep spiritual journey of her own search for the Divine in silenced colours.

Education

1992: Bishofsheim Academy - Painting - Brussels, Belgium
1993: Mool Private Studio - Techniques of colour and water painting Luxembourg
1994: La Cambre - Modern Art College - Drawing - Brussels, Belgium
1994: School for Plastic and Visual Arts, Painting - Mons, Belgium
1995-1996: St Gilles Academy – Drawing - Brussels, Belgium
1997-2004: New Zealand Institute of Business Studies - Illustration & Cartooning - Auckland, NZ.
Graduated with Distinction.
1995-1998: Apprenticeship with the Professor of Chinese Fine Arts Academy of Shanghai, Gao Xu Yong, Conceptual Art - Shanghai - China, Belgium & N.Z.

Exhibitions

2017: - Founder of the L A U R E N T Gallery – South Melbourne – Victoria
- The Art de Vivre - Solo Exhibition, Laurent Gallery - South Melbourne – Victoria
- BLACK IS - Solo Exhibition, Laurent Gallery - South Melbourne – Victoria

2016: - Solo Exhibition, Moonee Ponds – Incinerator Gallry – Moonee Ponds – Victoria

2015: - International Feature Artist - Emerging Art Exhibition - Hogan Gallery - Collingwood – Victoria
- Supervisor (Contemporary Art Teacher) – GodStuff Art program – South Melbourne – Victoria
- Inaugural President of GodStuff Art Space – South Melbourne - Victoria

2014: - Honourable Mention Award winner in the Artist’s Magazine All Media Competition
- Second Prize AWARD, Washington Square Festival – Mixes Media – New York - USA
- Exhibition - Between Dream and Reality - Art Museum of Ormond Beach - Daytona – Florida
- Exhibition – GOD’S STUFF Cartoon – Mural size – Berlin - Germany
- Award of Commendation- IMAGES Art Festival - NSB- Florida - USA
- New Artist Exhibition 2014- Arts on Douglas - NSB - Florida - USA
- Release of LAURENT MODERN ART Book - Orlando - Florida - USA
- Contemporary Art Teacher - Daytona Art League – Daytona Beach - Florida – USA
- Most Wearable Award - Deland Art Museum Wearable Art Exhibition - Deland- USA
- Creation and presentation of 'Four Steps to Abstract' workshop - Daytona Art League-
Florida - USA
- Presentation of Abstract Expressionism Tutorial for Beaux Art - Daytona Art League-
Florida - USA

2013: - Best In Show Award - Art in the Park - Ormond Beach- Florida – USA
- Distinction Award – Daytona Art League Figuratively Speaking – Florida – USA
- 4th Annual Juried Show – Florida Museum for Women Artists – DeLand – USA
- Contemporary Art Teacher - Daytona Art League – Daytona Beach - Florida – USA
- Permanent Collective Exhibition – Margaret River Gallery – Margaret River – Australia
- Judges Choice Award – Daytona Art League Members Showcase - Florida – USA

2012: - EAST (East Austin Studio Tour) collective exhibition, Imagine Art – Austin – Texas
- San Marcos City Council annual Exhibition – San Marcos - Texas
- 1st Prize, Bulles Divine Cartoon Competition, Biarritz – France
- Art Mentor, Reworks (Street Outreach), Austin - Texas
- Weekly Publication of God's Stuff Cartoons in THE INDEPENDENT newspaper – Mauritius
- Publication of Dieu Kiladi Cartoons in LE CODAGE magazine – Mauritius
- Publication of Dieu Kiladi Cartoons in Tournesol magazine – Europe
- Permanent display of paintings, "Margaret River Gallery"- Margaret River - Australia

2011: - Guest, (Autheur en dedicate) International Festival of Cartoons, Angouleme – France
- Guest, (Autheur en dedicate), Saint Denis - Reunion Island
- Weekly Publication of God's Stuff Cartoons in THE INDEPENDENT newspaper - Mauritius
- Bi-Monthly Pubilcation of Dieu Kiladi Cartoons in TOURNESOL magazine - Europe
- Launching of God's Stuff Volume 3, Black River - Mauritius
- Launching of Sigareth Version 3, Black River - Mauritius
- Solo Art Exhibition, Vanilla Bean Lounge, Black River - Mauritius

2010: - Publication of DIEU KILADI Volume II cartoon book in France, Belgium and Switzerland by Edition Olivetan
- Organisation of "Life" art collective exhibition, Black River - Mauritius
- Opening of Art De Vivre art studio, Black River - Mauritius
-Mission Trip, Workshop with Chinese ink, life cartoons drawing –– Mozambique - Africa
- Festival of Art- Collective Painting Exhibition – Eureka – Moka - Mauritius
- Solo Painting Exhibition, Imaaya Gallery, Grand Bay - Mauritius
- Creation and Launching of African Version of anti-tobacco awareness cartoon book - Sponsored by American Cancer Society – Africa
- Acted in and voice characterisation for tv programme based on "Sigareth I" book - Mauritius
- TV interview on art program MBC 1 - "Regarts" - Mauritius

2009: - Guest, (Autheur en dedicate and Conference Speaker) “FIBDA 2009” - Algeria
- Publication and Distribution of DIEU KILADI cartoon book in France, Belgium and Switzerland by Edition Olivetan
- Creation of anti-tobacco awareness cartoon book in collaboration with Veronique Le Clezio - "Sigareth I" - Sponsored by American Cancer Society - Mauritius
- Creation of 8 meter installation for, "Association Rhizome Exhibition" - Mauritius
- Guest, (Author en dedication) "Paris Book Fair" - France
- TV art program MBC1 - "Regarts" - Mauritius
- Permanent Exhibition of paintings, "Margaret River Gallery" - Australia

2008: - Guest speaker at Ecole Du Centre, (How to create a cartoon) - Mauritius
- Launching of Dieu Kiladi book by Arch Bishop Ian Earnest- "Alliance Francaise" - Mauritius
- Permanent display of paintings, "Margaret River Gallery"- Margaret River - Australia
- Solo Exhibition of paintings and original cartoons, "Alliance Francaise" - Mauritius
- Documentary, "How to Create a Cartoon Strip" - "College of the Air Productions" - Mauritius

2007: - Weekly publication of “God’s Stuff” cartoon strip - "L'Express" - National - Mauritius
- Permanent display of paintings, "Margaret River Gallery"- Margaret River - Australia
- Publishing of “God’s Stuff Cartoons Book” By Stirling Stream (Mauritius) Ltd. Mauritius, Australia
- First Launching of “God’s Stuff Cartoons Book” Gallows Gallery, Perth, Australia
- Second Launching of “God’s Stuff Cartoons Book” Catholic Pastoral Centre, (Hosted by THE RECORD Newspaper) Perth, Australia
- Press Release of “God’s Stuff Cartoons Book” Australian Consulate, Florial, Mauritius
- Black and white association Award for the Best contribution to West Australian News paper

2006: - Trio Art Exhibition, "THREE VISIONS", Orikawa Gallery, Osaka - Japan
- Collective Cartoon exhibition, "Annual Little Creature Exhibition", Fremantle - Australia
- Weekly publication of “God’s Stuff” cartoon strip - "The Sunday Times" Chillout! - Australia
- Bi-Monthly publication of “God’s Stuff” cartoon strip, "The Record's Discovery Magazine" - Australia
- Bi-Monthly publication of “God’s Stuff” cartoon strip - "The Gate" Newspaper - Claremont - Australia
- Bi-Monthly publication of “God’s Stuff” cartoon strip "Vers 1" - Germany
- Presented Cartoon Workshops - Methodist Ladies College - Claremont - Australia
- Collective Art Exhibition- Gallows Gallery - Mosman Park - Australia
- Presented “CREATIVE EXPRESSION” Workshop - Kalbarri - Australia

2005: - Weekly publication of “God’s Stuff” cartoon strip - “The Sunday Times”-Chillout! - WA - Australia
- Collective Cartoon exhibition, “Comix35” Exhibition - USA
- Presented Cartoon workshops, St Mary International School Tokyo - JAPAN
- Collective Art Exhibition - City of Wannaroo Civic Centre - Wannaroo - Australia
- Solo & Collective Art Exhibition - Gallows Gallery- Mosman Park, Australia
- International Cartoon Competition - COMIX35 - Second prize - USA

2004: - Collective Art Exhibition - Artitude 2004 & 2003 Burswood Casino- Burswood - Australia
- Collective Art Exhibition - Mandorla Art Award - Moores Building - Fremantle - Australia
- Collective Art Exhibition - Art Gallery of Monastery of New Norcia - NEW NORCIA - Australia
- Commission Art work- Front Cover - "The Record Discovery Magazine" - Australia

2003: - Bi monthly publication of “God’s Stuff” Cartoon - "The Record Discovery Magazine" - Australia
- Art Award Exhibition - First Prize - Mosman Park Town Council – Western Australia

2003/02/01: - Collective Cartoon Exhibition – Fremantle Art Centre, Fremantle - Australia
- Collective Art Exhibition - Town of Mosman Park Exhibition & Art Award Perth - Australia

Before 2001: - Participated in various collective Art Exhibition - New Zealand, Belgium, Luxembourg

Influences

Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, Jean-Michelle Basquiat, Pierre Soulage, Gao Xu Yong, Tao, Bible.

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