Bruno Leydet

"In most paintings, the figures are not engaged in any particular activity: They’re in an almost contemplative state – contemplating the beauty in their surroundings. They’re almost hedonistic, getting away from the craziness of the outside world and creating their own aesthetic.

Everything starts with a pattern, a combination of colours. Inspiration can come from a film, a video, another painting, paint on a wall somewhere.... But it comes also from the model. There has to be something that captivates me in the person, something I find so beautiful I have to paint it. My portraits are like tableaux vivants. They’re not everyday life, not the real world, but the world inspires them. My works are landscapes of the mood I’m in when I paint them."