Olivier Mérijon artist
is a divine gift"
"I used to paint in pure colour, almost straight from the tube.
One day, during an exhibition, the playwright, Jean-Claude Brisville
told me, "You will soon be painting in white."
Little by little, my paintings did go from a bluish white, to
violet, an infinite blue and then one day I felt it would be
perfectly natural to paint in white.
Initially it was frightening. Had I gone mad?
The colour white is a journey and the path led me towards the
To paint in white is to delve into oneself, to accomplish a
quest in the aim to shed all that is unnecessary, to attain
purity, infinity, the hereafter.
White is a passage towards another dimension.
First I mix a paint that is as inert and as opaque as possible
which I then work with brushes and palette knives to give it
And, like a present from heaven, light falls on the painting
giving it resonance.
This adventure began eleven years ago and I am only at the beginning
of my "whites".