Sylvia Lotthé is an Anglo-French artist based in Paris, near Montmartre.
She started working as a designer and illustrator in the textile and fashion field, which took her to many places around the world, either for short term assignments or longer stays (from 6 months to a few years).
Travelling has always been a big part of her life and in between jobs in various countries (Morocco, Australia, Indian Ocean, Brazil, Beijing, Italy), she travelled for pleasure and discovery, and started working on her travel sketchbooks in the early nineties (South East Asia, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand, and India).
She then was selected to take part in the “Biennale of travel sketchers” (Biennale du carnet de voyage http://www.rendezvous-carnetdevoyage.com) in France and has had a few exhibitions of her sketches and paintings in Paris, in the Montmartre area as well as in Provence (https://lagendaduvin.com/evenement/art-vin-46#inscription).
Despite being based in Paris, her painting studio is in the South of France.
Her work is inspired by her travels as well as her experience in the textile/fashion field, hence the presence of colour, pattern, body attitudes, female figures and her passion for fabrics and ornament.
Her work is figurative. Portraits from reputable 19th and 20th artists have always inspired her (Otto Dix, Lucien Freud, Manet, Klimt, Hopper).
Her work conveys feelings of impermanence, calm, gratitude, and the fleeting aspect of life.
She also works as an illustrator (for publishing companies and brochures for the corporate world).
She also lived and worked in Shanghai/China, and continued sketching.
Her most recent publication of her Chinese drawings is at the Edition du regard/Esthétique du quotidien en Chine.( http://www.editions-du-regard.com/regard/ifm.htm)
In 2017 she will be showing her work in Leonberg as well as in a gallery in Provence.