- Dated: November 2012
- Media: LE FIGARO MAGAZINE
He started off with street drawings, but today Alain Godon’s prices are soaring… He has exhibited in Aspen, New York, Miami, Los Angeles. And soon Le Touquet. Nevertheless, Alain Godon’s career started in the eighties with chalk drawings on pavements opposite the Louvre. Even though he was born in Bourges, the artist grew up in the region.
His adolescence was spent in Achicourt with his architect uncle who taught him to paint and instilled in him a sense of volume and perspective. “My mother, my father and my grandfather could also draw.” The artist, now acclaimed throughout the world but particularly in the United States, has lived a life pitted with tragedy. This surely helps to explain this use of brilliant colours which light up Alain Godon’s canvases – a radical sort of pain relief.
“Today I want to live a live full of joy. I want to look after those I love and to pass on my own joy to other people.” A faux naivety and cheerful art punctuated with monuments and buildings, bright colours, street art: magical ingredients that combine to make Godon a firm favourite. “I’m not fashionable but I’m never out of fashion.” The price of a canvas varies between that of a nice car or that of a house. You have to wait two years and the list gets longer by the day. So there is no faltering on the part of buyers to acquire an official, numbered reproduction while waiting for the big one.