Matthieu Dorval
(born in 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; his painting shows the strength of the sea elements. His works, powerful and generous, do not intend to reflect or represent something in particular, but to decipher and penetrate the landscapes down to their very substance and roots, their geological tremors and age-old character.

Matthieu Dorval continues the tradition of abstractinnovations from such 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”, presented in a container, is a fresco that echos with the text of Marco Polo, the “Book of Marvels of the World”.

Exhibitions selected

Solo exhibitions

2017 - Sky & Sea : Le livre des Merveilles, Galerie Françoise Livinec, Paris

2011 - Land's End- Terres d'infini, Galerie Françoise Livinec, 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 Comité des Régions de l'Union Européenne,


2007 - Land's End, Musée des îles Blasket, Irlande

Groupe exhibitions

2017 - Comme un paysage, Galerie Françoise Livinec, Paris

2017 - Ailleurs est ici, École des Filles, 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 - 100 ans de stèles, Galerie Françoise Livinec , Paris

2016 - L'attrape-Feu - l'art réenchante le monde, École des Filles, Huelgoat

2014 - Ramène ta fraise, Galerie Françoise Livinec , Paris

2014 - Exote, L'esthétiques du divers, École des Filles, Huelgoat

2013 - Quel temps fait-il?, École des Filles, Huelgoat

2012 - Pierre qui roule..., École des Filles, Huelgoat

2011 - Roi du monde et des eaux, Galerie Françoise Livinec, Paris

2011 - Port, Douarnenez Museum, France

2010 - L'Ecole des Filles, École des Filles, Huelgoat

2010 - Musée Maritime de Gallicia à Vigo, Espagne2010 - Décoration du navire Cap Finistère
2009 - Musée National Maritime de Cornwall, Falmouth, Royaume-Uni

2009 - Décoration des ponts 6 et 7 de l'Armonique, Brittany Ferries

2008 - Comité des Régions de l'Union Européenne à Bruxelles

2007 - Musée des îles Basket, Dunquin, Irlande

2006 - L'Abbaye-aux-Hommes, Caen, France

2006 - Palacete del Embarcadero, Santander, Spain

2004 - Décoration du carré officiers du Pont-Aven, Brittany Ferries

Salons and Art fairs

Art Paris ; 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Art Elysées : 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012

Pavillon des Arts et du Design : 2013, 2012

Beirut Art fair : 2016

Victor Segalen Award, 2016


2014 - Le roman de la fraise - 300 ans d'aventures, peintures de Matthieu Dorval, Denise Le Dantec, Zuka, C. Batissou, , éditions Françoise Livinec

2011 - Xavier Grall, Matthieu Dorval, Roi du monde et des eaux, éditions Françoise Livinec

2011 - Land's end -Terres d'infini 2., coédition Françoise Livinec et Port-musée de Douarnenez