Collector’s Choice: Stéphane Leberloa

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Stéphane Leberloa

The paintings, drawings and sculptures of Stephane Leberola, of France present close encounters with the bare souls of the individual. Sometimes alarmed, sometimes perplexed, sometimes dubious, yet always aware and present in the moment, Leberloa’s figures emerge directly from the collective unconscious mind to engage the viewer with convincing urgency, immediacy and insight.—Janis Kirstein



Interview with Leberola

When did you start painting?

In 2009, before I was a collector, now I am a “an artist” who would see his name on top of the poster !!! To quote my friend Ben Vautier “everything is a matter of ego.”

What techniques do you use most often?

No, I’m not a technician.






Are there any artists that you could cite as an influence on your work?

Since the Chauvet cave, artistic creation is a perpetual issue in art history.
Certainly Influential artists have had an effect, but I’m more interested in the artistic movement and artists. Dada, the Cobra movement, the Situationists, the Bazooka, free representation … very large artistic adventures that haunt me.
Arthur Rimbaud said he had to be of its time otherwise die.
The influence is very XX century with mostly masterpieces–the urinal by Marcel Duchamp, “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso, “Riding with Death” of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
I fear that the XXI century is that of pathos or bling. Fortunately there is still outsider art.







What are your future projects?

Again tomorrow.

What is the experience?

A die faster.

You are what you do?

I undo what I am.




When does a plastic work (work in progress)becomes a work of art?

At that time mysterious, interior, above all plastic creation. I do not know to explain it is a fleeting moment and that troubles me. The epitome of a work of art is where the flamenco is the duende and jazz his blue note. The rest is just sweet talk.

This work she has an independent existence outside its creator?

The work is inseparable from its creator. The artist’s DNA is in his work.

This interview of Stéphane Leberloa is taken directly from his website http://www.leberloa

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Collector’s Choice: Nathalie Collange




About Nathalie Collange:  Addressing the human being, no frills ..

Born in Africa.


Her painting is direct without pomp, delivering pure and violent emotion ..

“Painting to tell all … and if the echo is, peace finally arrives …
Paint to clear up darker, until the final agony.
If burn because there is not other way. ”
Her first series “Face to face” is an encounter with the world, a step toward “the other” in the psychoanalytic sense.
Her painting is unvarnished, gushing like a too long withheld verbal flow.




“Nathalie Collange, fascinating or disturbing, her expressionism is very strong and very current. “- Jean-Henri Maisonneuve – The Brigade Contemporary






Exhibitions / publications:

  • Galerie du Temple Lourmarin 15 March to 28 June 2016
    Nathalie Collange approaches a human being with no frills…
    Her art work being direct and unpretentious….thus sending a violent and pure emotion.. »Painting to say it all…if an echo resounds the calm will return..
    Painting to reach the deepest depths, to the ultimate fears.



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No alternative but to burn yourself. Her first series  ” En tete à tete ” is a ” rendez vous ” with the world, a step forward towards ” the other ” in an psychoanalytic sense.
Her work is open minded,powerful, like an unleashed verbal flow.

“Nathalie Collange, fascinating or disturbing, her expressionism is not only very strong but of today.” Jean-Henri Masioneuve-La Brigade Contemporaine


Nathalie Collange’s expressionistic art works  capture the heart of the human soul in its transformative wrestling with the inner self, the outer world, and the many complexities of emotional and energetic release. –Janis Kirstein




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Collector’s Choice: Margaret Fitzgerald


Margaret Holman Fitzgerald was born in London, England. She grew up in Japan and the United States. She studied fine art and art history in New York City at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League. She also studied at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of New Mexico.




She currently resides and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has traveled extensively in Europe, Mexico and South America finding inspiration for her work in the art, architecture and urban fabric of these places. Recently she has been exploring the relationship of the human body and other living creatures to the natural world, the environmental crisis and the hope for the future.
Margaret’s paintings have been featured in solo shows in New York City, San Francisco and New Mexico. Her work is in private and corporate collections across the United States, Japan and Macao. She is currently represented by Lewallen Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art in Laguna Beach, California, and Chandler Fine Arts gallery, San Francisco, California




Painting is an exploration into the unknown. Its is a process of revealing the underbelly of existence, the part of life that is felt but unseen.

My inspiration comes from the natural world. I am exploring the strength and vulnerability of nature, man’s impact on the natural world and the hope for its endurance.






I begin each painting with a collection of imagery and ideas. I hold in my mind vague ideas of things that I have seen or heard that inspire and motivate me to begin painting. The painting process then travels away from and back to these original intentions. With each layer of paint, remnants remain of what is underneath leaving threads of past colors and forms, creating a history. After working and reworking the surface and forms of a painting it arrives at a place that is no longer literal or predictable. A painting is finished when I don’t fully understand it, when it resides in between words and logic.





My paintings are large in scale. The surfaces are worked and reworked with attention to detail while remaining raw and unrefined. The shapes are bold, moving forms juxtaposed with an intricate, scraped and tooled surface, The forms in the paintings are figurative but not literal. They are suggestions of animate and inanimate forms but remain abstract.






I am interested in microscopic life forms that are the foundation of what we see. I want to show the unseen, cellular structure of life against bold visible forms. I am searching, scraping and layering to get at the potential of life. I am searching for the place that is unspoken but known and the place that resides in our hearts and is felt but remains intangible. Painting encompasses all that is and was. It is an elusive pursuit that is forever challenging and engaging. I paint because I am drawn back to the studio each day to put down a visceral feeling that is tugging at me.




1992 Graduate Studies in Art Education, Univ. of NM, ALBQ,NM
1990 Post BA in Art Education, Univ. of NM, ALBQ,NM
1980 BA Fine Arts, Univ. of NM, ALBQ, NM
1984 Arts Students League, New York City
1978 School of Visual Arts, New York City
1976 Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico






Selected Exhibitions
2014 Circa Gallery, Minneapolis, Minn.
2014 Ross Art Museum, “New Work, New Mexico” Ohio Wesleyan University
2013 Lewallen Galleries, Scottsdale AZ, “Rising Stars” a group show
2013 Solo Show, Chandler Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 Solo Show, Lewallen Contemporary Art, fall group show at Railyard, Santa Fe, NM
2012 Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach , CA
2012 Albuquerque Museum “Miniatures” juried exhibition, ALBQ, NM
2012 Solo Show “Natura” Lewallen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
2012 House of Figs, Group show, Exhibit 208 , ALBQ, NM
2012 “New Mexico Showcase” juried group show by Peter Frank, 516 Arts, ALBQ ,NM






Private collections throughout the United States and in Tokyo, Japan
Venetian Hotels in Las Vegas and Macao,China




2013 San Francisco Chronicle, show at Chandler Fine Art is reviewed by Kenneth Baker
2012 House and Gardens Aug, 20
2012 Luxe. interiors and Design summer issue
2012 IQ Magazine interview
2012 catalogue “NM Show Case” juried show by Peter Frank ALBQ, NM
2010 Santa Fe Reporter, Santa Fe, NM
2005 Catalogue, “Arts in Embassies” show, Vatican City
2005 The Magazine, Santa Fe, NM
2004 West Coast Gallery Guide, San Francisco, CA
2003 The Collectors Guide, Santa Fe, NM
2001 West Coast Gallery Guide, San Francisco , CA
2000 The Santa Fean, Santa Fe, NM




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Thanks so much to Margaret Fitzgerald for sharing her art with us.

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