Michel Tombelaine — from the New York Times, March 22, 2017
Michel Tombelaine loved life with the most open heart. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend to many. Born in Paris, he worked as a journalist for Le Monde; immigrated to the US in his 20’s and was chief of the French Press Service at the UN. He created a news service for developing nations, reported for French and Canadian radio and owned a newspaper. A later career as artist, with an MFA from the New School, focused on abstract expressionism and most recently portraiture. His solo exhibition at Prince Street Gallery (New York City, October 2016) was a great success. Tombelaine’s ebullience for living leaves a legacy of beauty and kindness.
Michel Tombelaine was 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”.