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Imet Godon for the first time in Le Tou­quet Paris-​Plage. Alain had extended an invi­ta­tion to me to exhibit at the museum and to meet his fam­ily. Scarcely arrived, I could sense a friendly, easy atmos­phere. The briny air, the beach and its never end­ing dunes reminded me of the years I had spent in Normandy.

The hotel on the sea front was filled with paint­ings, colour­ful, joy­ful and evoca­tive of the pop­u­lar, play­ful style of Fig­u­ra­tion Libre. All the walls were cov­ered with them and at the bot­tom of each and every one was a sig­na­ture: Godon. Indeli­bly stamped, Alain’s spirit roamed its cor­ri­dors.
I wan­dered briefly around the town before meet­ing Alain. Through its illu­mi­nated shopfronts Godon’s paint­ings were there yet again light­ing up the town with colour and vital­ity. Alain was every­where. And at last, I met him.
A viva­cious per­son­al­ity straight out of an Alexan­dre Dumas book, full of energy, a crafts­man of words with a play­ful lit­tle mous­tache, Alain loves to take us on a jour­ney with his words and funny sto­ries. Alain isn’t just a painter of life; he is an out­stand­ing story teller.
When the artis­tic effer­ves­cence of the eight­ies drew its con­tem­po­rary artists to Paris, Alain him­self pre­ferred to build his life near the Chan­nel. Pas­sion­ate about archi­tec­ture, he has con­structed his own uni­verse far away from the cap­i­tal.
His paint­ings rep­re­sent the cities of his imag­i­na­tion; cities he loves to stroll around – in fact you will often see him painted there in the com­pany of his wife. In his work, build­ings from around the world co-​exist, watch­ing each other, bent up with laugh­ter and entwined around each other. Alain has man­aged to cap­ture the spirit of these cities, of mankind itself. He has trans­formed Le Tou­quet Paris-​Plage into a fan­tasy par­adise, a town super­im­posed upon a town, where he is able to unearth the most unlikely of encoun­ters.
His life reflects his art. A bon vivant with a child­like and mis­chie­vous per­spec­tive, Alain bub­bles over with life and love. His paint­ings con­vey his pas­sion with all the gen­eros­ity he embod­ies.

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