Maxime Massole grew up in the southern French sea-side city of Nice. He was mesmerised by the “Bataille de fleurs” (flowers battle) during the yearly Carnival, the party of Lemons in Menton or the Belle Époque architectural wave. He has been drawing as far as he can remember, without formally taken courses. Maxime is never to be found without a pen and some paper on him.
As a teenager, Maxime was constantly inspired by the Art Nouveau and the Art Déco. His style stems from the intricate styles of that erea, where he started in a black and white interpretation before adding some bright colours. Maxime spends most of his time drawing, when he is not working for the luxury perfume industry in Paris.
What is your source(s) of inspiration, what moves you?
A building façade, a flower bouquet, or a pastry in a window…
What is the most amazing present you ever received?
2) An incredible edition of Fleurs du mal (the flowers of evil from Charles Baudelaire) illustrated by Mario Laboccetta.
1) A homemade blueberry jam, nothing could make me happier than that.
Do you work at night or during the day?
Day and night… and also in my dreams.
The artist you crave for (at the moment)
After I visited the Internatioal City of Tapestry located in Aubusson, I rediscovered the amazing work of Jean Lurçat.
Your favorite museum, your favorite drink
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. A violet flower sirup mixed with water.
If I say « paper » what is first coming to your mind?
A necessity. I’ve got all sorts at home.
Mention a quote you feel is creatively inspiring
« […] watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.»
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Topics and causes that matter to you?
I wish that everybody could dedicate some free mind space for creativity.