- Dorval Gallery, Lille, France
Alain Godon — enchanter……
What an amazing journey, that of Alain Godon! Before he achieved recognition some fifteen years ago to become the artist he is now, this doctor’s son from Arras was a parachute instructor, pavement artist on the streets of London and Paris, manager of a night club and of a trendy clothes boutique and a newspaper cartoonist.
Whilst doing all this, he also spent a large part of his time drawing; a passion handed down by his uncle, an architect and lover of the fine arts and who, mindful of his nephew’s gift, gave him a solid academic education throughout his childhood and youth.
My path having crossed that of this ‘enfant terrible’ over the course of many years (he lived in Le Touquet where I had a gallery), I was greatly surprised to see this outspoken troublemaker from Le Touquet’s party scene timidly push open the door of my gallery with a portfolio tucked under his arm. I was quite used to this type of approach as I regularly received visits from artists wanting to exhibit their work. In practically every case I declined to take them on – my speciality is the abstract artists of the 1950s.
But this… this was completely different. What a surprise to be presented with so much freshness and vitality. The originality and the mastery of his paintings were dazzling. The harmony of his colours, sometimes very bold, was nonetheless always spot-on and his compositions radiated a sense of jubilation, albeit sometimes somewhat discordant.
For me, a painter was born; I offered him an exhibition there and then and prayed that he wouldn’t change. Since then his work has evolved and the freshness is still there: one of the keys, I believe, to his success and I hope that he continues to enchant us for a very long time to come.