Clemence Devienne is a french artist based in Paris. “As the daughter and grand-daughter of sailors who loved painting, I grew up in Paris surrounded by world maps, colorful canvases, miniature boats, and photographs of faraway places. I graduated from the Arts Déco Ecole in Paris and I’ve painted ever since I could hold a brush but I drifted away from painting after my studies as I was caught up with other projects.

In my paintings, I have naturally turned to what is distant and different from me. When I am not painting my close ones, I paint the portraits of the migrants who camp in the streets of Paris.

My favorite kind of painting is the portrait because it allows me to meet people from all over the world and to have a real conversation with them as it always involves long hours of posing.

I have long been fascinated with the traditions and artistic ritual of New Orleans and this is why I chose to go to Louisiana in January of 2017. The more than 30 portraits I painted while I was there are both an homage to the city’s inhabitants and a window into contemporary New Orleans.”