Agathe Bouton is a French artist, originally from Paris – She works mainly in various forms of engraving, but also in painting and collage. She recently moved in Philadelpha and lived the past 10 years in South East Asia, West Africa, Turkey and Europe.
She studied in one of the finest and most famous applied art schools of Paris, and has shown her art in many exhibitions, around Europe and as far afield as Australia, Japan, India and coutries where she lived. She has won a number of awards for her work.
Some of Agathe’s work is displayed at the Galerie Martine Namy-Caulier in Paris, and she also has work in the permanent collection of the National Library of Paris and in l’Inventaire, the Arthoteque du Nord-Pas de Calais.
Agathe has expressed her creativity in various forms, but in recent years has settled on engraving as the best form of expression for her. Her approach to this traditional technique, however, is an unusual one – her work tends to be more colourful and pictorial, and less graphic than traditional engraving. She takes a painter approach to engraving.
Her engraving work breaks the boundaries of the traditional medium of engraving and etching. She mixes different techniques to obtain a multitude of graphic possibilities.
“More than a technique or a ‘savoir-faire’, engraving is for me a form of expression, halfway between painting and printing. In engraving I can explore the plate and its multiple potential variations both chromatic and graphic, in doing this I mix traditional techniques with a more contemporary approach”.
Her work is inspired and fed by all her experiences and the cultures she has discovered during her travels.
In all her series of work there are 2 main subjects landscapes and abstract works related to human life.