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’s vivid pastel-color-palette employs a range of saturated blues, greens and oranges, the exquisite works featured illustrate— in living color, the exhilarating sensations of summertime; you can still feel the heat from the sun on your skin, the subtle burn of chlorine from the pool, coconut flavors from thickly applied suntan lotion wafting on the balmy air, and the delicious taste of salt from the ocean on your chapped lips.
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.”