A couple’s views, one on intimacy, the other on the reality of the world. The same passion for everyday life: Fabio Rieti and Laurence Aillaud
A look at daily life full of love, humour, optimism and hope, which is reflected in a warm and luminous colour palette for Fabio Rieti. Renowned artist in mural art, painter of life, of the city, who takes us on a journey into his world where family, music, literature, urban scenes of his three homelands (Italy, United States and France) are mixed.
Tender and amused look of a mother who observes her children and grandchildren and “pins” them in their favourite postures for Laurence Aillaud. A renowned artist in monumental sculpture giving life to a giant bestiary: snake, hippopotamus, sheep, turtle, deer, or to a pear, an apple … before devoting herself to interior sculpture.
Born in Paris (1928 – 2005), Daughter of the architect Emile Aillaud (1902 – 1988), Sister of the painter Gilles Aillaud (1928 – 2005), wife of the painter Fabio Rieti (1925 – 2020). Laurence and Gilles have been drawing since their early childhood under the guidance and encouragement of their father. From 1956 Emile Aillaud is the architect of several large ensembles in the Paris region: the Abreuvoir in Bobigny (93), the Serpentin in Pantin (93), the Grande Borne in Grigny (91), the Noé in Chanteloup-les-Vignes (78), the Aillaud Towers in Nanterre, Picasso district (92) Laurence participates with monumental sculptures, all accessible and which can be used as supports for games. Since 1981, she has dedicated herself exclusively to chamber sculpture. Her technique is very particular: around a copper wire frame that allows her to twist it into the desired position, she models an acrylic resin paste. The absence of firing allows her to include all sorts of different materials: fabrics, ribbons and lace soaked in resin, feathers, pearl buttons, stones, metal or wooden pieces, wool, thread… Resolutely figurative, Laurence has limited herself to two subjects: children, generally little girls, and animals ranging from tiny birds or fish to relatively large animals. The pieces made in this way are unique specimens, their cutting being too fine and complicated to accept moulding and therefore reproduction. What characterises his sculptures is the search for movement and liveliness. Laurence Aillaud thus stands out from the rather monolithic classical statuary.