Michel Tombelaine is an artist who lives in New York City. He received early art training in his native French Ecole du Louvre in Paris. Tombelaine came to NYC at the height of the abstract expressionist movement.
He studied with Nicholas Carone at the Studio School for drawing, painting and sculpture; and then in Italy at the International School of Painting in Todi, Umbria. He earned his MFA from the New School in NYC and also studied at the National Academy School of Fine Arts.
Tombelaine is in several collections in France and the US. He has shown in galleries in NY, CT and Washington DC. He was awarded the A Baldwin Prize for Watercolor from the National Academy School of Fine arts in NYC.
In the genre he is working in there is one constant, his work seems to evolve almost as if he were not placing the color or lines on the canvas or paper. When completed he stands back and looks at what has appeared almost as if someone else had created the work. His current focus is on portraits. Almost magically, Tombelaine seems to reveal his subject’s spirit.
Tombelaine will be exhibiting his current work in a solo show at Prince Street Gallery in Chelsea Oct 4-29, 2016.
Prince Street Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Michel Tombelaine from October 4 through October 29, 2016.
The show features a transition from an “expressionist’s concentration on paint and gesture” to more recent work in portraiture. Tombelaine states, “In landscapes and still life I focus on planes and rhythm. In portraits I try to express in few lines the inner life of the bearer”. A recent observer of his portraits stated, “They are an invitation not a demonstration, to view the person’s inner spirit”.