Gabrielle Conilh de Beyssac
Born in 1986. Lives and works in the Gard (FR).
Gabrielle Conilh de Beyssac grew up in Canada and in Mali. She studied fine art in Nice, at the Villa Arson Art School and at the Fine Art School of Paris where she graduated in 2012. In 2008, she did an artist residency and a group show in Bamako with Vincent Barré and Richard Deacon. In 2011, she obtained a scholarship to study at the Emily Carr institute of art and design in Vancouver, Canada. Her work was shown during SPREAD, a group show at the Chapel Art Gallery of Vancouver. In 2012, Gabrielle Conilh de Beyssac received a grant from the City of Paris. In June 2012, she was rewarded with the Thaddaeus Ropac and the Clermont-Tonerre Foundation Price (Friends of Paris Fine Arts School association). She presented two sculptures Rocking and Couple-Oloide at the Rosemblum & Friends Foundation. In 2013, after a three months residency at the Kerguehennec Art Centre (Brittany, FR), she went on to Quebec, for another residency (EST-NORD-EST, in Quebec). In 2014, she received a grant from the CNAP (National Visual Art Centre) for a solo show at Galerie Maubert : CORPS-ASTRO-SENSIBLE. In 2014, she exhibited at the newly restored Picasso Museum of Paris and won YIA ART FAIR#4 Price. In 2015, she exhibited with Allen Jones in Sculpture d’usage, curator Isabelle Plat, Galerie Maubert, from which Artpress magazine proposed a complete review (june 2016). Late 2016, Gabrielle Conilh de Beyssac set up three monumental sculptures for Vent des Forets art center (Meuse, FR). In 2018 she received the Ora-Ito Prize at the International Biennale of Saint-Paul de Vence.
According to critic and curator Léa Bismuth, “the works of Gabrielle Conilh de Beyssac affect viewers physically. Some sculptures mark their own forms in space while others provide a vector for possible trajectories. It is about highlighting the energetic potential of movement, of examining the concept of marking, understood as virtuality manifesting itself in form.”