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Creole from the Indian Ocean exposition opens in Seychelles

Creole from the Indian Ocean exposition opens in Seychelles ( An amazing collection of paintings and sculptures are on exhibit at the Seychelles French Cultural Centre, l'Alliance Francaise. The remarkable artistic collection of the painter from La Reunion, Fred Batt alias Derf, was officially opened at l'Alliance Francaise on October 19. The exposition is described as an indisputable artistic talent, Fred Batt’s collection of textile paintings and miniature stone sculptures inspired by his journeys in Madagascar, Mauritius, and India transpose artworks passionate into a world of great wonders filled with colors and impressive sceneries. With his paint brush, he draws impressive and intriguing lines and shapes of people, Creole silhouettes, and familiar animals.

Trained as a professional traditional sculptor, Fred Batt is a specialist of miniature graving on stone. Passionate with the art of sculpturing at the age of 18, upon graduation, he headed for a small town in the southern part of India Mahabalipuram in a village reputed for its techniques of stone sculpturing. It was in this village that his source of inspiration and his vocation for stone sculpturing took a turning point. He then returned to Europe and trained for fifteen years in Hambi to become one of the most reputed traditional sculptors from the south of France. With the mastering skills of stone sculpturing, Fred Batt traveled the world as a globe trotter to seek new grounds of inspirations and translated them into miniature stone sculptures which he showcased in the exhibitions he mounted.

From Madagascar to Reunion island, Fred Batt left his print with his amazing collection of stone sculptures. One of his remarkable sculptures is a gigantic sculpted personality nicknamed “big foot; big hands" lying at the Medieval tower facing the French town of Nantes, historically a commercial port where slaves were shipped to Reunion island. Fred Batt is also known for his painting techniques inspired from Rajastan. The exhibition at l'Alliance Francaise “Creole from the Indian Ocean" remains open until the 29th of October. The exhibition mounted as part of activities to mark “Festival Kreol" promises to bring viewers with a close encounter with a remarkable and experienced sculptor and painter. Fred Batt is hosting his first ever exhibition in Seychelles.


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