Born in the Tarn, south-west France, Annette Cunnac lives and works in Toulouse where she settled in 1983. At that time she joined evening classes in the studio of Pierre Darques at the Fine Art School of Toulouse where she acquired a strong grounding in drawing and painting which she continued at the Academie de Dessin de Toulouse.
Having jointly conducted her professional career and her passion for painting today she devotes herself entirely to her art.
In 2014 she becomes member of the historical Société des Artistes Français and since then has exhibited at the annual “Salon” des Artistes Français as part of “Art en Capital” at the Grand Palais in Paris.
She regularly presents solo exhibitions and takes part in art fairs during which she has received numerous awards. For all of her work, she was rewarded in 2022 with the prestigious Renée Aspe painting prize awarded by the Académie du Languedoc.
Annette Cunnac draws from her immediate environment and her travels abroad. These are the inspiration for her paintings which are the fruit of direct and sensitive observations of the world around her. Her favorite themes are landscapes and scenes from life.
She works outdoors, in direct contact with the “motif” in order to capture light and colour. “When I paint outdoors, I am in a state of total receptivity so that nothing distracts the eye from what matters”. Guided by shapes and colours, she makes sketches, more advanced drawings as well as snapshots that constitute the base for her work in the studio. Then begins the process of thinking and choosing the subjects that she will paint. She is constantly looking for the right tone, the delicacy of colours and the balance between graphics and coloured shapes. The common thread of her work is the transmission of the emotion felt during the first perception and the revelation of the deep character of the subject. This opens an immediate aesthetic emotion and a dialogue with the spectator.
I paint what my gaze captures and what I feel at each specific moment, whether it is a landscape enhanced by a fleeting light or a colourful scene from life.
Her passion for travel takes her on the roads of the world. Her art is nourished by her encounters and discoveries of new cultures which are essential to the authenticity of her creation.
During her travels she captures moments of life where characters are shown in their familiar attitudes. She draws quick sketches and takes pictures.
“I remain in constant state of total receptivity so that nothing can distract the eye from what matters. Thereby I create a base of drawings and pictures for my future work in studio. I interpret reality, with the permanent concern of not disrupting the spontaneity and the freshness of the vision. This is a permanent concern in my practice indoors”.