This is the first international monograph on the French artist Inès Longevial.

Inès Longevial is a French painter based in Paris. She started drawing and painting at a very young age, first showing her work on Instagram, where she had an immediate success in terms of visibility. Since then her career has been growing fast, thanks to the support of the Parisian gallery Ketabi-Bourdet and to solo shows in Paris and New York.

Her oil paintings and drawings focus on two main themes: femininity and nature. Bodies, faces, and skin are shaped by light and color, and different palettes reflect different emotions—sometimes soft and sensual, sometimes intense, strong, and violent. The artist approaches her memories in color and gives form to candid and absorbed faces that embody the nostalgia of seasons, sunsets, shades of light, and caresses.

Originally from the southwest of France but with family in the Basque Country, she’s been close to Spanish culture; Pedro Almodóvar’s colorful world and Pablo Picasso’s lines rank among her main influences. Through large oil portraits on linen canvas and on paper, the artist follows an intimate injunction: “to make the face speak.” Her face—her faces—have always taken on the appearance of a landscape, sculpted by infinite shades of gleam, carved by valleys, traversed by shadows.

The book presents a significant selection of paintings and drawings, and includes pages of her sketchbook, a kind of intimate diary showing her inspiration and her spontaneous approach to painting. It is the first monographic publication on a promising young talent, with great potential.

Text by Lola Kramer and Elise Roche, Foreword by Line Papin


About The Author

Lola Kramer is a curator, writer, and producer based in New York City. She is known for her essays, profiles, and interviews with pioneers of creative disciplines. She is the curator of 7 Gardens, a public art exhibition throughout the community gardens in the Lower East Side. She contributes to international journals including Frieze, Interview, L’Officiel Art, CURA, Kaleidoscope, and Apartamento.

Elise Roche is a French curator and contemporary art consultant. Since 2019, she has been the director of projects at Hervé Mikaeloff Agency where she specializes in projects dedicated to emerging creation. She has participated in the curation of various exhibitions such as "L'écume des songes” for Paris Art Fair; “Miss Dior,” a Dior heritage exhibition; and exhibitions for the Noor Festival in Riyadh. She also writes for magazines and galleries.

Line Papin is a French novelist, born in Vietnam and living in Paris. She published her first novel at the age of 21 and has published two successful novels since then.

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