Claudie Laks is a multifaceted French artist renowned for her journey from literature and linguistics to the visual arts. Her diverse body of work encompasses sculpture, painting, and collage, marked by a transition from sculptural clay explorations to large-format paintings and innovative collages. Laks's artistic evolution reflects a profound engagement with form, color, and texture, earning her recognition in various prestigious exhibitions and galleries worldwide.
Claudie Laks embarked on her artistic journey with a foundation in literature and linguistics, later enriching her knowledge at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris and university. Mentored by Georges Jeanclos, she immersed herself in sculptural art, exploring the medium of clay through a Bachelardian lens. This period of artistic endeavor earned her several accolades, including the 1982 Sculpture Prize from the Caplain Saint André Foundation, the 1983 Elf-Aquitaine Foundation Prize, and a notable acquisition by FNAC in 1984. Her work featured in prominent exhibitions like "Ateliers 81/82" at the ARC, "Terres d'artistes" at Beaubourg, and "Expression Sculpture" at the Museum of French Monuments in 1983, along with showcases at the Regards Gallery in 1984 and 1986.
During her tenure as a guest artist at the Sèvres Manufacture, Laks delved into serial works where porcelain, transformed into sheets, became a focal point of several exhibitions. A notable 1989 exhibition at the Cantoisel Workshop in Joigny, shared with Georges Jeanclos, marked a transition from her sculptural work with clay.
The 1990s saw Laks' artistic expression evolve from three-dimensional forms back to two-dimensional surfaces. This journey began with an exploration of relief and fragmentation, employing various forms of clay and wood to create wall installations. Her innovative approach was highlighted in exhibitions at the French Institute of Barcelona (1991) and the "Singularités" exhibition at the Marwan Hoss Gallery (1992). Further, she displayed her large cutouts at the Cantoisel Workshop in Joigny and the "Carré des Arts" in the Parc Floral of Paris in 1995. In 1999, the Romagny Gallery exhibited her series of paper collages and large-format canvas works.
Since the early 2000s, Claudie Laks has primarily focused on large-format painting, showcased at venues like the Sens Museum and the Protée Gallery in Paris, as well as at various contemporary art fairs including Arts Elysées, Art Paris, PAD, and the Karlsruhe Fair. Her return to canvas, brush, and color signifies a deep commitment to creating fundamentally painterly, frontal works that emphasize the retinal principle. Printmaking also plays a significant role in her creative journey, where graphic elements engage in a captivating interplay with bold expanses of color. Collage, seemingly existing on the periphery of her painting endeavors, serves as the connective thread uniting her diverse artistic expressions. These collages are simultaneously pictorial, spatial, and infused with a sense of playfulness, enhancing the depth and intrigue of her artistic portfolio.