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Penouty Florence,

At the age of ten Florence Penouty wanted to make a living out of art.
After a professional career in graphic design (Higher Education in Interior Architecture and Graphic Design in
Paris, valedictorian), her discovery of pastel was a revelation. More than by the technique and the texture, she was attracted to the enormous range of possibilities offered by the medium.
« I took several courses in the workshop and especially outdoors. These courses have allowed me to
ensure the progression of my technique, and the evolution of my art. Having made me work from life, directly
in contact with nature. »
Professional painter in 2016, Florence Penouty is Art du Pastel en France Membership (APF). Twice, she
was selected in the « Salon International du Pastel de Giverny » (2017 / 2020) .
The choice of subjects comes first of all from the light, revealing the beauty of nature and the emotion it arouses…
« Pastel is a fast technique particularly suitable for the outdoors because of the way light changes over the course of two hours. I seek to capture the essence of the landscape keeping in mind what about them moved me. »

Barbara Petit - Vue sur le rio Pisuerga

Petit Lisy Barbara

Barbara Petit - plein air en Espagne

Award-winning in many exhibitions, exhibiting in Parisian galleries, organizer of training courses and workshops in France and abroad, Member of the Taylor Association and the Association of Friends of André Derain, Barbara Petit is practicing for 15 years a recognized figurative oil painting.

She works essentially on the motif (plein air) or in the studio from nature. Her approach focuses on the transposition of forms, lines and colours on the canvas through the filter of each individual’s personality.

A regular contributor to the magazine Pratique des Arts, she has published several books including Le Pastel facile (2017) and L’acrylique facile (2018) – Mango editor.

She lives and works in Paris where she teaches drawing and painting to adults but also to children through an adapted pedagogy.

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Alex Hillkurtz

Hillkurtz Alex

Alex Hillkurtz
Alex Hillkurtz

Alex Hillkurtz was born in England and grew up in California, where he was an award-winning film student at Chapman University. He first established himself as a successful illustrator and storyboard artist in Hollywood, collaborating with many of the film industry’s leading directors and cinematographers.

Currently living in Paris, Alex Hillkurtz has turned his focus to a career as a watercolor artist, and enjoys discovering the aspects of the city that sketching and painting uniquely allow. Alex uses the language of cinema to inform his images, moving beyond what is most obvious, and focusing the viewer’s eye on what he wants them to see.

Alex’s works have been exhibited in solo and group shows in Europe, the United States, and Russia. He conducts regular workshops and masterclasses on watercolor painting and sketching, teaching students of all levels and backgrounds how to infuse their paintings with a marvelous sense of life.

Delannoy Isabelle

Isabelle Delannoy is a French Artist, who graduated from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers and trained further to the oil painting techniques in the workshop of Philippe Lejeune (Ecole d’Etampes, France) and Pascal Vinardel (ENSAD, Paris).
Qualifying her compositions as “inner poetry”, Isabelle Delannoy transmits her vision to the world.
Between figuration and abstraction, her landscapes bear witness to a certain passion for color and matter.

A gentle and sensitive palette in the pursuit of a poetic reality…

Colour is central to her work, and she creates her colours from a restrictive palette, composed of natural pigments and carefully crafted until it reaches the intended harmony, which confers to her sober and vigorous painting a unique and intimate atmosphere.Their colours are never bright but much more like colour tones, nuances, earthy and a wide variety of ochres. Isabelle Delannoy mounts the layers alternating work of material and glazing in search of a dimmed figurative art leading to abstraction, allowing a touch of unreal into her scenery enshrouded with poetry. The artist masters every step of the oil painting art, ranging from the priming of the canvas to the crafting of the pigments and mediums.
The compositions of Isabelle Delannoy blossom, nourished by delicate and warm harmonies which she exalts in series telling a story, revolving around a single subject inviting the “observer” into a poetic reality, where the structure of the ensemble is essential.

In 2011, Isabelle Delannoy established her workshop within the Marché Dauphine, at the heart of the International Flea Market of Paris-Saint Ouen. A place where Isabelle Delannoy welcomes private individuals all year long, art collectors from France and abroad but also invites interior designers into her unique artistic world, for either orders or direct purchase.
In 2019, she opened a second gallery at Marché Biron, International Flea Market of Paris-Saint Ouen.

For her work, Isabelle Delannoy has received numerous awards, including three consecutive awards at the Salon des Artistes Français in 2005 (Madeleine Paillard award), 2006 (Marin award) and 2007 (Bronze medal). She was Laureate of the Société des Artistes du Val de Marne in 2009 and the Navy Biennial in 2010. She is also a member of the Taylor Foundation.

In 2019, she is invited to China as part of an artist residency for a month and a half at the end of which her works go into collection in the International Art Center of Shangjin, Yunxi – Hubeï, China.

Her works appear in numerous private and public collections in France and abroad.

Noonan Isabelle

Art does not reproduce the visible. It makes it visible” wrote Paul Klee.

Isabelle Noonan

Isabelle Noonan, a graduate of the Louvre School, worked for several years in the Conservation and Restoration Workshop at the Whitney Museum in New York and then in Paris, where she currently lives. This dual training, historical and technical, remains a constant reference for her.

Isabelle Noonan’s painting is a figurative painting that has its source in the motif and mainly in the open air. A true passion for this painter who loves nothing more than to leave with her easel, her brushes and her colours. Whether it is landscapes, urban views… it is not a question of reproducing what she sees but of reinterpreting it, of retransmitting the particular emotion she receives from it.

Perhaps the most characteristic feature of his painting is light. It is it that gives life to shapes, brings strength and beauty to even the most banal compositions, gives colours their true value…

Trained in contact with the best painters, Isabelle Noonan often participates in painting festivals in Europe or the United States. She thus feeds on encounters with other artists who share the same passion. Back in his studio, his research remains identical whether it is on still lifes, portraits, landscapes started outside or on his own compositions.

Contact: Isabelle Noonan,

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In France :

  • April 2020, Les Andelys
  • June / July 2020, Château de Rivau
  • October 2020, Les Andelys

Abroad, in a foreign country :

  • Russia, Domaine Maryino

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