What is the best thing that I love about my work? The best think I love is sharing my passion of art with people I meet at the gallery or in my life or wherever. This work is not a ‘normal’ work. It touches heart and soul. It is special.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? The perfect happiness is feeling deeply the Nature (I love the nature), feeling fully a painting or a piece of art and feeling a person with this special connection that is recognizing somebody without knowing her at all.
What is my greatest fear? I am claustrophobic, I can’t being locked somewhere. It is a real fear. I feel like an animal, a little bit wild. I think I could die for real…
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I am quite anxious. I like ‘perfection’ in work, even if perfection is unreachable.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? It is difficult to answer because I will forget people. I love the persons who have a real integrity in the way they are doing their job, who respects artists, collectors, collaborators amateurs. I have a lot of respect for Monsieur Claude Bernard, Daniel Templon and Kamel Mennour too and some other real gallerists who are not only dealers and money lovers. I like people with elegant comportment.
What is my greatest extravagance? Buying piece of art for myself (I am collector first), before thinking buying food and basic stuffs (often). I am not reasonable at all. More important than everything is my passion. Auction is the worst place to be for a hard art collector!
On what occasion, would I lie? For keeping a peaceful harmony around me. I hate conflict for nothing.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Meeting people who are only (cold) clients and not art lovers. I sometimes refuse to sell. You need to deserve the piece. More than a painting, H. Craig HANNA’s work is his everything, his soul, his heart, his fears, his joys and his life…
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? It was in 2008, when I saw for the first time H. Craig HANNA’s paintings hung for our first punctual show in rue du Vertbois in Paris. Our first exhibition. I didn’t know that I will run my own gallery later. We just enjoyed the moment and had fun at the same time. What an adventure! Soon, we will celebrate our 10 years of collaboration and friendship.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I am too sensitive (extra sensitive) and would like sometimes being more tough.
What is my greatest achievement in work? The greatest (and coolest) achievement in work was H.Craig HANNA’s big monographic exhibition that we have with the gallery in MNHA – National Museum of Luxembourg in 2016. It was huge and very moving. Plus, the museum bought a big painting “Arrangement of dancers” which is exhibited permanently.
Where would I most like to live? In front of the sea. Pablo Neruda wrote: “I love the sea because it teaches me”
What is my most treasured possession? A emblematic drawing of H. Craig HANNA: ‘American girl’. She is in my bedroom. I almost sleep with her (smile)…
What is my most marked characteristic? Contemplative.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Saint-Germain-des-Près, the location where the gallery is, my place. You can feel all the cultural vibes of Paris. People in the neighborhood are nice, open minded and pretty cool.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? ‘La Maison Souquet’ at Pigalle in Paris (Hotel) – one of the most beautiful place in Paris to have a drink
What books influenced my life and how? ‘Le journal d’un collectionneur’ – René Gimpel. A different way to work in art, like in the old days. I tried spontaneously to applied this method in our contemporary world, more ethic with human values and love.
Who are my favorite writers? Michel Houellebecq, Christian Bobin, Charles Baudelaire and many others… My star is Houellebecq.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? The Beatles with the gallery’s team
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Antigone
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? All the oppressed women of the world are heroines
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? La Grande Bellezza – Paolo Sorrentino (and many others)
What role plays art in my life and work? It saves my life
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? H. Craig HANNA and I am hers too! Also, Dany: my partner in work and man in life
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? We are developing a partnership with some foreign galleries which we liked the programming, in particular in Germany.
For one of them, we will exhibit one of their famous artists (I can’t tell his name for the moment) and they will show H. Craig HANNA’s work.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? I am working with institutions and museums and I prepare some future exhibitions for artists I presents the works (H.Craig HANNA and ‘invited artists’). It takes time. It is a long process, but it gives so much emotion.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? Sharing my experience with Craig with some other artists and showing more new talents. We are exhibiting and will continue to support Dongni Hou’s work that is a pictorial incarnation of poetry. A pure beauty.
Where can you see me or my work in 2017?
You can see me and H. Craig HANNA’s work at:
Laurence Esnol Gallery
7 rue Bonaparte
+ 33 (0)1 45 44 32 38
For ‘invited artists’,you can see the works at:
Laurence Esnol Gallery
22, rue Bonaparte
+ 33 (0)146 33 47 01
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? ‘Find what you love and let it kill you’ – Charles Bukowski
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? The young artist Dongni Hou