Matthieu Dorval
(1966, Brest)

His birth at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, in 1966, in Brest, deeply affected Matthieu Dorval. Living between the Finistère point and the west of Ireland, Matthieu Dorval explores the shades of blue offered by the horizon and his painting shows the strength of the sea elements. His works, powerful and generous, do not intend to reflect or represent but to decipher and penetrate the woof of landscapes down to their very substance and roots, their geological tremors and age-old character. Matthieu Dorval develops the art innovations of abstract artists like Jean Degottex (1916-1988), Cy Twombly (1928) and neo-impressionists like Georg Baselitz (1938), Per Kirkeby (1938) and Miquel Barceló (1957). In the wake of this double lineage, Mathieu Dorval initiates a singular writing in direct relation with nature. The instantaneousness of his gesture, the vividness of his colours, the harmony of his compositions express the immutable poetic force of the natural elements. Great traveller thanks to his origins, his quest of light and co- lour brings him back progressively to the figure of the landscape, in the whole violence of its pattern. A powerful sensitivity that got him noticed by numerous European museums and international art collectors. The last international project of Matthieu Dorval “Ailleurs est ici”, represents in a container a fresco that will echo with the text of Marco Polo, the “Book of the Marvels of the World”.

Exhibitions selected

Solo exhibitions

2017 - Sky&Sea : Le livre des Merveilles, Françoise Livinec gallery, Paris
2011 - Land's End- Terres d'infini, Françoise Livinec Gallery, Paris
2011 - Land's End, Terres d'infini 2, Harbour-Museum, Douarnenez
2010 - Land's End, Terras infindas, Museo do Mar de Galicia, Vigo
2009 - Land's End, Infinite Lands, National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall
2008 - Land's End, Terres d'infini, EU Regions Committee, Brussels
2007 - Land's End, Blasket Islands Museum, Ireland

Group exhibitions

2017 - Ailleurs est ici, École des Filles-Art Space, Huelgoat
2017 - Art Paris Art Fair, Paris
2016 - Art Elysées, Paris
2016 - Beirut Art Fair, Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center, Beirut
2016 - Gwangju International Art Fair, Gwangju
2016- Red Bricks Art Center, Beijing
2016 - A Hundred Years of Steles, Françoise Livinec Gallery, Paris
2016 - Catch the fire, École des Filles, Huelgoat, Brittany
2014 - Ramène ta fraise, Françoise Livinec Gallery, Paris
2014 - Exote, The Aesthetics of Diversity, Ecole des Filles, Huelgoat, Brittany
2013 - What's the weather like ?, Ecole des Filles, Huelgoat, Brittany
2012 - A Rolling stone, Ecole des Filles, Huelgoat, Brittany
2011 - King of the world and waters, Françoise Livinec Gallery, Paris
2011 - Port, Douarnenez Museum, France
2010 - L'Ecole des Filles, Ecole des Filles, Huelgoat, Brittany
2010 - Gallicia Maritime Museum, Vigo, Spain
2010 - Decoration of the ship Cap Finistère, Brittany Ferries
2009 - National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth, United Kingdomi
2009 - Decoration of thebridges 6 and 7 of the Armonique, Brittany Ferries
2008 - European Union's Committee of the Regions, Bruxelles
2007 - Blasket Islands Museum, Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhoir, Dunquin, Irland
2006 - L'Abbaye-aux-Hommes, Caen, France
2006 - Palacete del Embarcadero, Santander, Spain
2004 - Décoration du carré officiers du Pont-Aven, Brittany Ferries

Selected Salons / Art Fairs

Art Paris, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
Art Elysées, 2014, 2013, 2012
Pavillon of Arts and Design, 2013, 2012

Victor Segalen Prize, 2016


C. Batissou, Le roman de la fraise - 300 ans d'aventures, peintures de Matthieu Dorval, Denise Le Dantec, Zuka, Editions Françoise Livinec, 2014
Xavier Grall, Matthieu Dorval, Roi du monde et des eaux, Editions Françoise Livinec, 2011
Land's end -Terres d'infini 2.
, Edition Françoise Livinec and Port-musée de Douarnenez, 2011, prix du beau livre insulaire d'Ouessant 2011