Jerome Soimaud’s work is rooted in the knowledge of spirit: that which is not always viewed, but deeply felt. Spirituality and metaphor were guiding personal forces for Soimaud before he transformed them into visual mediums. Within his multidisciplinary practice, he employs a range of media, from charcoal drawing and painting to photographic exploration of varying cultures and experience.
Focusing on expressionist abstraction early in his career, Soimaud studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, after working under the instruction of architect Alain Farel at The Ecole Nationale Superieur des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The simultaneously ephemeral and realistic mien of his portfolio is owed both to this multiplicity of education and to his movement from abstract to figurative work.
Soimaud maintained, throughout this growth, the belief that the most literal works, at their root, are abstractions—hence the nuanced quality of even his most straightforward pieces. Soimaud tends to focus on people, both their energies and realities. His most frequent subject matter are those he meets on his travels and in his local neighborhood; he portrays his subjects with tenderness, recording moments as both observer and participant. As his practice continues to shift, he pursues each piece as a beginner, a nod to the cyclical nature of visual art and existence.