La dernière grande rétrospective du travail de Martine Martine a eu lieu en octobre 2007 au Château de Tours. En 2013, c’est au Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Troyes que Martine Martine est à l’honneur durant cinq mois.

En 2014, une double exposition entre le Musée Balzac à Saché et le Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours présente ses « figures de Balzac » en bronze, huile sur toile, lavis et gravures.

Née en 1932 à Troyes dans un milieu où l’art était une priorité, elle a côtoyé dès son adolescence de très grands artistes. Elle s’affirme dans le figuratif et le défend en tant que témoin de notre histoire. Dès les années 70, elle réalise certaines gravures sur lino et sur bois, très attirée par les effets toujours fascinants de cette technique.

Peintre, sculpteur, céramiste et créatrice de bijoux, elle reste également fidèle aux natures mortes. Elle réalise certains portraits comme Balzac, et décline quelques thématiques de manière presque obsessionnelle : musiciens, sumos, mains et chevaux. Elle les met parfois en scène dans la multiplication.

Elle vit et travaille à Paris. Ses formats varient du très petit au monumental. Aujourd’hui, plus de 3800 signatures : Gravure – Huile – Lavis – Bronze – Bijoux.

B.G.

The latest big retrospective of her work took place in October 2007 at the Castel of Tours (France). In 2013, the Museum of Modern Arts of Troyes (France) spotlighted Martine Martine’s work during 5 months.

In 2014, a double exhibition displaying her “Balzac faces” in bronzes, canvas, wash drawings and engravings was presented by both the Balzac Museum of Saché (France) and the Museum of Fine-Arts of Tours.

Born in 1932 in Troyes (France) within a world where Art was a priority, she already met some very famous artists when she was a teenager. She asserted herself in the figurative style and still supports it as a witness of our history. In the 70’s, she created some lino and wood engravings, very fascinated by the results of this technique.

Painter, sculptor, ceramist and jewel designer, she remains loyal to still-lives too. She works on some portraits like Balzac’s, and develops in an almost obsessive way some specific subjects such as musicians, sumo wrestlers, hands and horses. Sometimes, she also put them on a play by multiplying them. She lives and works in Paris. To this day, she has signed more than 3,800 pieces, from very small to monumental sizes: carving, oil paints, wash drawings, bronzes and jewels.

B.G.

Committed to living artists for more than 25 years, Bénédicte Giniaux started in the Oise and Paris regions before moving to Bergerac, Dordogne, where she opened her own art gallery in 2011.
In the heart of the historic centre of this charming city, the gallery presents the work of twenty permanent artists. The figurative art, which is here always customised and stylised, remains a priority, through various themes (the world of humans and animals, journeys, nudes, everyday life scenes and still-life paintings). Numerous abstract artworks are also on display.
In this art gallery, poetry, tenderness, humour and life stories are predominant. The artworks are signed by professional artists deeply committed to their work. Some of them even have a solid reputation abroad.
From small to large formats, the artworks are made of bronze, terra cotta, raku, iron, Corten steel, stainless steel, wood, glass fusion, etching, engraving, drawing, collage, watercolour, pastel, acrylic paint, oil paint, photography…

The gallery is run with passion by Bénédicte Giniaux. All her energy is dedicated to various artists, from France and abroad, with whom she chose to work and on long-term partnerships. They work hands-in-hands with a mutual confidence.
Throughout the year, various events give the gallery its tempo: solo or collective exhibitions, in situ with the permanent artists of the gallery, as well as outdoor exhibitions in partnership with important places, such as this summer exhibition at the Château des Vigiers.

“Over the past nine years, the Bénédicte Giniaux art gallery has been able to win over and retain an audience of amateurs and collectors from all over the region and passing through the Dordogne. The quality of the selected artworks, as well as the friendliness of the reception, undoubtedly make it one of the most important art galleries in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.” Florence Peyron

“I have always been working with artists from whom the sensibility and the creative techniques passionate me. I appreciate their investment, their commitment, their artistic search as well as the way they look at their own work. Some of them are present since the beginning of my activities, and when new artists fit in the gallery, my selection criterion are mainly linked with their professional background and I look for long-term partnerships.
All the sculptures and all the paintings are one-offs. Regarding the bronze sculptures, casted in limited edition and numbered, each one of them is called “Épreuve originale”. I never put on display artworks made from resin, neither for indoor nor outdoor.
All the artworks are technically mastered, and I always deliver a certificate of authenticity, alongside a text of introduction or a catalogue about the artist.”
Bénédicte Giniaux

Bénédicte Giniaux dans sa galerie à Bergerac

Over the past nine years, the Bénédicte Giniaux art gallery has been able to win over and retain an audience of amateurs and collectors from all over the region and passing through the Dordogne. The quality of the selected artworks, as well as the friendliness of the reception, undoubtedly make it one of the most important art galleries in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.”   Florence Peyron

“I have always been working with artists from whom the sensibility and the creative techniques passionate me. I appreciate their investment, their commitment, their artistic search as well as the way they look at their own work. Some of them are present since the beginning of my activities, and when new artists fit in the gallery, my selection criterion are mainly linked with their professional background and I look for long-term partnerships.
All the sculptures and all the paintings are one-offs. Regarding the bronze sculptures, casted in limited edition and numbered, each one of them is called “Épreuve originale”. I never put on display artworks made from resin, neither for indoor nor outdoor.
All the artworks are technically mastered, and I always deliver a certificate of authenticity, alongside a text of introduction or a catalogue about the artist.”
Bénédicte Giniaux

Les sculptures de Patrice Mesnier dans sa galerie à Bergerac