Michel Canetti

Bringing chic glamour to painting

Paris-born Michel Canetti is an artist and advertising illustrator who has lived in Melbourne since 1997. Michel’s subject matter is the female form, which he portrays using sweeping lines that are almost like calligraphy.

Over the years, Michel has earned a reputation as a leading illustrator in fashion and luxury, working for publications including Elle, Vogue, and Le Figaro.

He has a prestigious list of former clients including Diana Ferrari, Air France, Renault, Guerlain, Chanel, Givenchy, De Beers, to namedrop a few.

A disarming signature style

In the late 70s Michel studied Visual Arts at the Sorbonne and undertook a masters in painting restoration. As an advertising illustrator, Michel used to paint for himself. But when he started to paint professionally, he wanted to be represented by Thierry B Fine Arts. More than twenty years later, our partnership continues.

His style is classic French elegance, distilled to its essence. Maybe that’s why Michels’ style never goes out of fashion.

So what’s the secret to these enduring paintings that steal the show?

In his paintings, Michel continues to explore the elegant curves of the female form, in his instantly recognisable signature style. That’s what gives these paintings longevity.

His focus is most often a female face, conveyed with loose gestures that hint at moments of intimacy and passion.

With his painterly approach, he manages to be both versatile and immediately recognisable

Michel explains what people love about his figurative works:

“People like my paintings because of how it makes them feel. It’s like when you look at a Greek statue, you don’t try to find a story behind it. You just love it because it’s beautiful.”

Give in to the irresistible allure

Michel’s paintings invite your attention, participation and pleasure.

Art Critic Davis Thomas describes Michel’s work:

“His approach is disarming, direct, and minimal, capturing good looks and alluring charms in a few deft strokes of the brush. His underlying touch of eroticism is as delicate and enticing as traces of an exquisite perfume.”

The colour range is limited with neutrals of black, white and a seductive grey. They provide the ideal contrast with the passionate reds of lips exclusive and parted.

The combined effect is sensuous and engaging.

Visit the gallery to see Michel’s work in person.

Untitled Design 3

Roxana

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Canvas 122 x 91.5 cm Signed Lower Left, Titled Verso

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Untitled Design 3

Valentino

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Canvas 183 x 122 cm Signed Lower Left, Titled Verso

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Untitled Design 3

Madame Butterfly

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Canvas 183 x 122 cm Signed Lower left

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Erina 2

Erina

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Canvas 168 x 137 cm Signed Lower right, Titled Verso

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Le Petit Bois

Smith & Wesson, 2022

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Canvas 152 x 122 cm Signed Lower Left, Titled Verso

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Nicole

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Linen 152 x 122 cm Signed Lower Left, Titled Verso

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Thierry B Adam

Adam

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Canvas 167.5 x 137 cm Signed Lower Right, Titled Verso  

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Thierry B Sylvia

Silvia

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Canvas 153 x 122 cm Signed Lower Left, Titled Verso

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Thierry B Oxsana

Oxsana

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Canvas 102 x 153 cm Signed Lower Left, Titled Verso

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Thierry B Aglae

Aglae

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Canvas 153 x 112.5 cm Signed Lower Right, Titled Verso

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Thierry B Vic

Victoria

Acrylic On Linen 183 x 152 cm Signed Lower Left, Titled Verso

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Thierry B Mariana

Mariana

Acrylic On Canvas 152 x 122 cm Signed Lower Right, Titled Verso

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Thierry B Olivia

Olivia

Acrylic On Cavas 152 x 122 cm Signed Lower Right, Titled Verso

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Thierry B Ellie

Ellie

Acrylic On Linen 152 x 152 cm Signed Lower Left, Titled Verso

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Thierry B Ornella

Ornella

Oil On Canvas 122 x 92 cm Signed Lower Left, Titled Verso

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Thierry B Nicole

Nicole

Acrylic On Canvas 167 x 137 cm Signed Lower Left, Titled Verso

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Thierry B Vesna

Vesna

Acrylic On canvas 168 x 138 cm Signed Lower Left, Titled Verso  

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Thierry B Elena

Olena

Acrylic On Canvas 153 x 101.5 cm Signed Lower Right, Titled Verso

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Tb 0007 Canetti Clemence 152 X 111.5cm $9,900

Clemence

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Linen 152 x 111.5 cm Signed Lower Right, Titled Verso

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