Emilie Arnoux hails from Normandy, France. From a young age, she became fascinated by the ocean and the laid back lifestyle surf-culture engenders. Her work captures the divine energy and the jubilation experienced when diving into cool water for relief from the hot-hot heat; tan bikini-clad bodies soak up vitamin D by the pool, or whilst bobbing enticingly in bright-red inflatable rafts. Arnoux’s neo art-deco style is drenched in a certain Americana Nostalgia, reminiscent of David Hockney and, at times, Toulouse-Lautrec. She reduces three-dimensional objects to flat geometric shapes that feel at once contemporary and modern, recalling beach-side postcards of the 1950s & 60s.
Arnoux simplistically describes her work: “Only the water, the light and the heat… Laughter on the beach and the wind… Then, I take my pencils and brushes and I try to capture this energy and the details that touched me.”