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The Art of
Francis Trottier

Francis Trottier was born in Massachusetts at the end of the depression from two angels who masqueraded in life as a power company employee and a cook.
Francis Trottier graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in Fine Arts and Industrial Psychology. At that point given his choice of teaching at a prestigious University or art school he decided to pack his bags and purchased a ticket to Europe.
Arriving with $76 in his pocket at Le Havre, France he elected to eat a day longer on board ship and landed at Cuxhaven, Germany with $17 in his pocket and unbounded confidence.

Upon landing he visited the Schule fur bildende kunst. Here he was challenged by an art professor to prove he was a real artist. He painted for 6 hours in the professors office.

After completing this impromptu demonstration before this professor and many of the faculty that had been summoned he was given their blessing and assistance. They found him a place to live, eat and paint and when some months later he had finished his first painting they arranged for its sale to the German government. It hung in the director’s office for many years before going into the main collection of Kultur Behorde. Eventually he finished another painting and the professors through the Kunstier Verein made arrangements for the sale of the painting to then president of Egypt Gamel Nasser.
Wanting to experience more of Europe he moved to Spain and became the youngest person ever elected to the Circulo de Bellas Artes joining Miro and Picasso . It was at this time that it was arranged for him to have an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Madrid. The first time in history that a living artist; not deceased and named an old master was so honored. He worked for a year to prepare for the show but in the end having only a few paintings that he considered complete walked away and moved to Morocco. Here in need of money he exhibited with Ahmed Yacoubi ‘whose face' was immortalized in the films of Jean Cocteau. He sold a painting to the countess Dallemagne Fabiani whose husband was a French cabinet minister and herself was responsible for the writing of the Algerian National Anthem,There followed a jungle odyssey through Africa with tales of cannibals, near death and the mau mau.

Eventually we find him in South Africa surrounded by revolutionaries fighting apartheid. With a successful exhibition in Johannesburg he was able to continue his journey by land to Sudan and Egypt and eventually to Iran and India. In 1962 he exhibited at an Italian palace under the patronage of the Countess Antinori. In 1959 he was collected by the Shah of Iran. He exhibited in Europe for many years and his work can be found in numerous private and public collections including the Witzinger and Resch collections. His work then found its way into the home of Heinz Breuninger who founded the Stuttgart Ballet and is one of the largest industrialist in Europe living in a marble palace that occupies a city block. When not found painting or sculpting he could be found lecturing on fine arts at Oxford University and throughout Europe for the USIS.

During his lifetime he has spent 5 years 8 hours a day, seven days a week studying art by direct experience in the museums of Europe, Africa and Asia. He spent the year of 1960 making copies of old master paintings in the museum of fine arts in Madrid, Spain. He presently lives in northern California at Roseville with the Chinese master Ywing Ming Jyang being greatly influenced by her spiritual teaching and personality.
He is no longer the realist he was in earlier years when as a sentient being he was depicting the world through biological eyes which guaranteed the distortion of reality because of the inability of biological organizations to see beyond a limited range of frequencies or complexity of thought.

Now he uses his art as a path to enlightenment. He no longer confuses the visual world as seen through an eye or an instrument made by a biological being as the truth of what is out there.

He now paints as if under the command of “hidden true self nature” in a
language and script that he does not know but accurately copies. Some days he wonders “is this the world he sees? Or is this the way the world he sees - sees him?
Always present in his thought is that the Kingdom of Heaven is within.

White As  Nothingness

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