April 24th - August 31st, 2009

Veronique Coutant-Godard

I am a printmaker based in Forest Hills, New York. I specialize in linoleum cut and monotypes. To create my monotypes, I use water based inks which are painted on a Plexiglas plate. The plates are sanded to prevent the inks from running. When the ink is dry, I place a wet paper on top of the plate and run it through a press. So the picture is transferred and allowed to dry.

My images are inspired by the two experiences I had as a French person traveling from Europe to Africa, then to North America.

As an artist, I am very sensitive and receptive to colors, lights and textures, so each time I discover a site, I visualize, collect and register all these details in my mind.
The new series I created this year was nourished by all my previous journeys in different continents.

Rather than sketches, these are visual record of my memories, like mental maps of the different sceneries I have seen. Of course it has been reiterpreted with my own vocabulary and symbolism.

Through my art work, I let people perceive my vision and my own reality of the enviroment. It is the personal rapport that I have with things around me that matter, not the tangible aspect of the sorroundings.

About the Exhibit

Véronique Coutant-Godard is a ground-breaking New York artist born in the sun-rich countryside of Burgundy. Her artistic education was acquired in France (Beaux Arts in Beaune and Orléans), in South Africa (Johannesburg) and in the United States (Art Students League in New York City). It spans painting, engraving and design.

Some of her art is currently owned by private collectors in the United States, Switzerland and France. It is also in the collections of the New York Public Library and the New York Art Students League.

Since moving to New York City, Véronique has specialized in printmaking monoprints and linoleum block prints.

Monoprints are one-of-a-kind pieces using water-based inks painted on a specially prepared plate of Plexiglas. Once the ink is dry, the artist next places a sheet of special thick wet paper on the plate, then runs it through a hand press. The art is thus transferred to the paper, which is then allowed to dry. Next, Véronique sometimes will add touches of extra hues with pastels or colored pencils following her inspiration. Other times, she will even add collage or linoleum block prints to give more intense color and depth.

"I have always been attracted by vibrant colors and textures, she says, and my exposure to African art and culture left a strong mark on me as well. I like monoprint for the mystery and spontaneity it gives to my art. My approach to art is a result of sensibility, emotion and freedom."

Linoleum block prints are a relief method of printmaking and thus quite different from monoprints. Starting with a linoleum block, Véronique first cuts away the non-image area to get the shape she eventually wishes to work from. That shape, once finely gouged, becomes her printing dye. After inking it with oil paint, she impresses the result on paper, using her trusted press again. She can produce an edition of several prints from one linoleum block cut.