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Sébastien Montel is an expressionist painter, blending figurative and abstract elements of painting into his own unique interpretation.
Born in Nice, France, Sébastien had a keen interest in sketching and drawing at an early age. When a teenager, he took classes in painting and engraving. As an adult living in Paris, France he was mentored by Ousseynou Sarr, an internationally renown African painter from Senegal.
Sébastien has been influenced by early twentieth century artists of the Fauvism movement. Malerisch brushstrokes and strong, bold color are representative features of many of Sebastien’s artwork.
Sébastien’s passion for painting stems from his interest in movement, color and human nature. Many times black and white photography inspires his creation on canvas.
Sébastien has studied the human psyche extensively and received a Ph.D. in Psychology at Université Paris Descartes in Paris, France. His academic training has served as a backdrop for his creativity and expression in art.
His paintings pose a slight rebellion to standard painting techniques, revealing a deep reflection of human sensibility, emotional expression and inner nature.
Sébastien mainly uses oil paint on linen canvas for his paintings but continually explores new media for his paintings. His recent works include mixed media, collage, engraving and oil paint on wood, with the goal of shaping movement in a more defined context.
He has developed his own unique color palette through a process of color blending until he achieves the desired color to capture just the right effect often giving the impression of uncontoured, unrestrained brushstrokes.
Sébastien’s artwork has been featured in tv and film such as “Criminal Minds”, “New Girl”, “Bloodlines”, “Superior Donuts”, the pilot “Libby and Malcolm” and the upcoming Netflix’s show titled “Merry Happy Whatever”. His artwork has also been used in commercials for Walmart and Vodafone.
My inspiration for painting started at a young age and quickly became an integral part of my life. Through art, I felt that I could recreate what I found in nature and the sensibilities that I saw in human emotion. It has led me to explore in techniques and color so as to create images that are bold and powerful.
Art has been a means of expression for me and my hope is that my art can evoke an emotional response by those who appreciate it.