My Paris: Artist and CEO Frédéric Lemonnier Shares Top Addresses

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My Paris: Artist and CEO Frédéric Lemonnier Shares Top Addresses
I met Frédéric Lemonnier many years ago when he arrived chez moi, with his team, one bright morning, to install my TV. All went seamlessly and it was comforting that the equipe spoke perfect English. We kept in touch and, recently, Fred called to ask how I was surviving lockdown. “Very well,” I told him, thanks in part to being able to channel hop, both in English and French, via my Philips TV. “How are you coping?” I enquired. “Of course I continue to work via CitySat helping English-speaking expats create personalized TV systems with mainly US and UK TV channels,” he told me. “But I’ve had an “epiphany,” he revealed. “I’ve taken up painting! Rediscovered my teenage hobby!” I was curious, especially after checking the vibrant Saatchi Art website and falling in love with Fred’s work – which seemed to come straight from the beating heart/brush of a true artist with love and passion. He agreed to answer a few questions. (Discover Lemonnier’s abstract works via his website.) Photo credit © Frederic Lemonnier How old are you? I am 47. How are you surviving “le confinement“? The confinement was not so difficult for myself as I rediscovered a teenage hobby: pictorial art. Who are the artists that inspired you to paint? Mainly the Expressionists like Munch and Kandinsky. Which of your paintings were inspired by Paris? I take inspiration from Paris architecture, light, colors and people which, seen through my eyes, become abstract or figurative and expressionist. Your favorite Paris art gallery? There are several very interesting contemporary art galleries in the 6th arrondissement. One is Gallery Loft (3bis rue des Beaux Arts), situated in a small wooded courtyard with modern statues and plants. Fascinating to discover emerging artists here. Your favorite work of art in Paris? Definitely La Fontaine Stravinsky between Centre Pompidou and the Church Saint Merri. Favorite walk? The Marais – for the unique boutiques, the Musée Picasso, my favorite sheet music shop and for the hip and happening restaurants and bars. Photo credit © Frederic Lemonnier
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Born in Hampton, Middlesex, UK, Margaret Kemp is a lifestyle journalist, based between London, Paris and the world. Intensive cookery courses at The Cordon Bleu, London, a wedding gift from a very astute ex-husband, gave her the base that would take her travelling (leaving the astute one behind) in search of rare food and wine experiences, such as the vineyards of Thailand, 'gator hunting in South Florida, learning to make eye-watering spicy food in Kerala;pasta making in a tiny Tuscany trattoria. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Financial Times Weekend and FT. How To Spend It.com, The Spectator, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Travel, and Luxos Magazine. She also advises as consultant to luxury hotels and restaurants. Over the years, Kemp has amassed a faithful following on BonjourParis. If she were a dish she'd be Alain Passard's Millefeuille “Caprice d'Enfant”, as a painting: Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe !