From small canvases to enormous walls, the works of Adele Renault often contain one of two things: pigeons or people. In vibrant, vivid detail, these beings are captured and isolated on every scale. The artist was raised on the Belgian Ardennes and is based in Amsterdam, but her works appear on structures around the globe.
“Renault is fascinated by the inconspicuous beauty of everyday objects and subjects,” a statement says. “She observes closely those and that not considered worthy of a second look. She paints portraits of faces, the elderly, the homeless and pigeons in a realistic style. Her subjects are pictured as photographed, yet are then isolated from their context, enlarged and flooded in sunlight. She captures moments and expressions full of stories and meaning. Suddenly a scruffy pigeon and a woman in the last days of her life emanate a quiet grace and irresistible force of life.”
Recent murals have appeared in Long Beach, Berlin, and Amsterdam. She’s recently been involved in gallery shows in San Francisco, Germany, Nashville, and Belgium.