Open studios comes to Paris’ Goutte d’Or

Sipping on sweet wine, berry cocktails and the odd beer is always a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  Add to that a leisurely stroll around the characterful district of the Goutte d’Or, Amadou and Mariam, a catwalk  and paper making in Nepal and it must be open studios, or as the French call it ‘Portes Ouvertes’.

The popular initiative enables  artists to exhibit their work independently without the expense of going through a gallery. Most of those participating in the event simply open up their homes to the general public and hang their chef d’oeuvres on the wall for the world to see. Continue reading

French Guiana-born artist Tony Riga at the Pompidou

It was with a mixture of curiosity and disbelief that I went along to see the work of French Guiana artist Tony Riga who has the privileged position of artist in residence at the Pompidou centre in Paris.

Tony has been creating a vast body of work for a number of years in the cavernous basement of France’s popular contemporary art and cultural institution. I was introduced to his work by a therapist friend of mine who suggested that I pay a visit to what he believed to be a talented and largely unrecognized artist. Continue reading