ARTIST STATEMENT

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

 

Davina Shefet

25/02/1988

Nationality Danish, born and still living in France (Paris)

Trilingual French, English, Danish

 

 

+33 (0)6 62 12 23 44

contact@davinashefet.com

www.davinashefet.com

EDUCATION

 

2014: Bachelor - École de Communication Visuelle / School of Visual Communication, with options in illustration and a discipline named «Acte IV» which focused on realizing artistic projects and Contemporary Art Culture - Paris 

 

2006: French Baccalauréat with a special in Literature and Drama obtained with Honors - Lycée Bristol, Cannes 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS AND COMMISSIONS

November 2019-January 2020: Solo exhibition «Opium Dreams» at the Leslie Curran Gallery, Florida, US (under Leslie Curran representation in the state of Florida until 2021)

 

 

March-April 2018: Solo exhibition of the Series «The Opium Dream» Espace Rue Bernard Palissy, Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Paris

 

2017: Commission installation and performance adapted from the video project I made in 2015 «Amour et liberté» for Agency CC and inauguration of Hotel Sir Nikolaï - Hamburg, Germany

 

2015: Commission of silk paintings and sculptures for «Arts for Patròn» event organized by Le Fruit Studio agency for Patròn Tequila - Atelier Basfroi, Paris 

 

2013: Group exhibition «Nomad Utopia» Caroussel du Louvre, Tranoï - Paris

 

 

DISTINCTIONS

2019: Featured in House & Garden UK, Bo Bedre "Best Places to buy Art Prints", Elle Denmark

 

2018: Featured in Saatchi Art Collection «Meet The New Figurative Painters»

Featured in Bo Bedre, article referencing the best places to buy art prints online

 

2016: Finalist at «Entrepreneurs des Métiers d’Art» organized by the Institut des Métiers d’Arts and Ernest and Young for the fashion brand project

 

2014: Finalist at Contest «Meilleurs Dessinateurs» Best Drawers held by newspaper Libération with imposed theme: "Nocturnal portraits" - Series of illustrations, mixed media

 

 

OTHER ART RELATED AND CREATIVE EXPERIENCES 

 

 

Since 2018: Managing of online gallery where I sell my art www.davinashefetstore.com, content creation, social and everything related to my Art business

 

2015 - 2018: Founder and Art Director of fashion brand Davina’s Bazaar which focused on textile design and turning my silk paintings into kimonos - Paris   

 

2017: Scriptwriting of an original series called «Dreams and sticks», an autobiographical musical drama. The writing of this project lead me to intern at the Art Departement at Zentropa during the filming of Lars Von Trier movie: «The House that Jack Built» - Copenhagen, Denmark 

 

2014: Internship at Christian Lacroix, Studio departement, graphic design - Paris

 

Since forever: Songwriting, singing, producing - Pop, Soul, Jazz, Electro

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through the different mediums that I like to work with, primarily painting, I try to capture the complexity and spontaneity of inner conflict and the relief that comes from Art or Beauty.

My paintings are testimonies and revealers of my subconscious but foremost, they are a place in which I create friends, find joy and support, reminisce about the past, escape to the future. I fix emotions in time so that I can understand them on a different level. I don't judge them, I look at them like memories. 

I paint with a gesture that is representative of my emotion, often nervous, fast and full of adrenaline. For that reason, I use acrylic and oil pastels as I wish to paint fast to capture the present moment and be able to build on it. I like to disturb calmly set scenes with the rush of my intuition which I find to be an honest expression of who I am. Often the scenes in question will show themselves with time, I don't have a fixed idea of a character or narrative, the paintings build themselves through a process of esthetic research until an overall mood or an expression in the character surprises me, intrigues me. I then center the piece around that expression.

My relationship to colour, composition, and perspective is greatly inspired by Matisse, Odilon Redon, Chagall or contemporary painters such as Hernan Bas, Adrian Ghenie, and David Hockney.  

BIOGRAPHY

Davina Shefet is a visual artist, known for her former fashion brand, paintings, and videography. 

After completing an internship in 2014 at Christian Lacroix in the graphic design and print department, Davina Shefet went on to become one of the finalists in the « Meilleurs Dessinateurs » (Best Drawers) contest held by the French newspaper Libération in 2014. Her work has since been featured in campaigns such as Patrón Tequila’s “Arts for Patrón” event in 2015 in Paris, and the 2017 inauguration of the Sir Nikolaï Hotel in Hamburg, which spotlighted her video project «Amour et Liberté» (2015). She was a finalist at the «Entrepreneurs des Métiers d’Art» contest organized by the Institut des Métiers d’Arts and Ernest and Young for the fashion brand project. She was featured in Bo Bedre in November 2018, Elle Denmark in February 2019, in Saatchi Art Collection « Meet the New Figurative Painters » in May 2018 and in House & Garden Uk in November 2019. She interned at the Art Department on latest Lars Von Trier Movie in 2017.

Davina Shefet is having her solo exhibition «Opium Dreams» from the 18th of November 2019 til the 18th of January 2020 at the Leslie Curran Gallery in Florida.