If you’re looking for motivation to move to California, specifically San Francisco, spend an hour with artist Chloe Fleury. She made the leap from France about four years ago, chasing a childhood dream to live in the Bay Area. She’s been soaking up the sunshine and sunny attitudes of California residents ever since, with that radiance clearly showing through in her work.
“I really found my style in San Francisco. I’m always inspired by the architecture here and the nice and happy people,” Chloe told us.
She studied graphic design while living in Aix-en-Provence, but opted to take a more hands on approach to art. “Graphic design is a trend,” she explained, “I wanted to find my own style through illustration.” Her illustrations are bold, colorful and highly detailed.
Although she refers to them as illustrations, it’s important to note that Chloe’s creations are three dimensional. They only become two dimensional images when photographed and used within print.
Living in San Francisco, her work was first noticed by local publication Bold Italic. She then began creating neighborhood specific posters, featuring miniature homes, streets and parks for places like Haight Ashbury and the Mission. These works were featured in an exhibit at the recently closed Curiosity Shoppe—with that exhibit, her work really began to gain momentum.
Currently on her to do list: an illustration for a French magazine featuring miniature people in a train and a project for evite greeting cards. She’s always producing paper bunnies, which are either available as simple forms or with more detailed decorations (think: handout paper floral halos).
Plus, Chloe will soon have a new project on her hands—she’s soon to be a mom! We have a feeling Chloe’s daughter will have the best decorated, most colorful room in town.
Chloe is wearing the Marshall in Striped Sassafras
Photos by Nick Fay