Animaux Espiègles en Quête D’Adoption

Artist’s proof is pleased to present Animaux Espiègles en Quête D’Adoption: a collection of works by Hervé Maury, in conjunction with the Book Hill Fall Art Walk. Join us Friday, September 16th, from 6-8 pm to welcome Hervé Maury and his mischievous animals to our Georgetown gallery.

Flying in from South of France for the opening, Maury’s work are immediately recognizable for their playful animal subjects full of poetry and tenderness. Perhaps most famous for his “polar bear” portraits series that adorned the windows of Hermès boutique fronts throughout Europe in 2006, Maury has found widespread popularity in his ability to transfer human characteristics to his animals. Through their small, round, piercing eyes his bewildered animals convey warmth and humor.

Inspired by the landscape around him, Maury’s paintings combine the lush colors of Southern France and sun-washed hues of the Mediterranean. Releasing softness and depth with unusual textures such as marble powder, sand, and ochers. For many of his pieces he has increasingly gravitated to heavy weathered marine sails over the traditional canvas.