Alain J.L. Huin Opens at Alfstad& Contemporary: A Day at the Beach: Nothing to Hide Uncovers the Humanity and Humor of Sarasota Beaches.

March 29, 2016, Sarasota, FL. – International artist and designer Alain J.L. Huin, unveils a new exhibition, A Day at the Beach: Nothing to Hide at Alfstad& Contemporary in Sarasota, April 8–May 6. The Opening Night Reception is Friday evening, April 8th. Featuring Huin’s paintings and prints, Nothing to Hide is a personal observation and interpretation of what the artist saw while walking the beaches surrounding Sarasota.

Educated in France, Huin has been at the forefront of international design for over 40 years. In this exhibition, the artist has indulged his first loves – drawing and painting – to create a body of work that blends sophisticated design and bold coloring with a continental sense of style.

“My art work is influenced by details often dismissed or invisible in the blur of daily life,” says Huin who moved to Sarasota almost 20 years ago. “As an artist, my surroundings acutely register with me. Nothing to Hide is my interpretation of what I experienced on Turtle, Lido and Siesta Key Beaches – of course, with a bit of humor.”

"Each of Alain’s bold images sends a message that life is to be enjoyed,” says Sam Alfstad. "His interpretation of beach life is depicted in a series of wry, witty paintings never before exhibited.”

The public is invited to the Opening Night Reception on Friday, April 8th, 5-8 pm. at Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 5th Street, Sarasota, in the Rosemary Design District. Alain J.L. Huin: Nothing to Hide will run April 8 – May 6, Tuesday-Saturday, 11-5pm.

More About Alain J.L. Huin:
Alain Huin has been at the forefront of international design for over 40 years. His passion for the creative process in many forms – furniture design, architecture, drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpture – has driven his career in exciting directions. 

He began his studies at the L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Tours, and went on to graduate from L’Ecole National des Arts Decoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris with a degree in industrial design. Awarded a scholarship from the Canadian government, he continued his graduate studies at the McGill University School of Architecture. Returning to France, he joined a Paris design firm, the Alain Richard Agency. Critical acclaim for his work on Orly Airport and the Paris Metro system lead to a position as industrial designer with Raymond Loewy, where his assignments included the Air France Concorde, Holland Railways, Shell International, Saint Gobain and the Charles de Gaulle Airport. 

In 1973, France’s Mobilier National named Huin Designer of the Year, and his designs are in their permanent collection.

To expand his horizons beyond industrial design, Huin moved to America and collaborated with Charles Eames on furniture collections for Herman Miller. In 1985, he opened Alain Huin Product Design in New York and created furniture and accessories for Ethan Allen, Crate and Barrel, Bloomingdale’s and Restoration Hardware and many other firms.

Huin’s body of work is now in the Architectural Archives Collection of the University of Florida at Gainesville.

In fact, almost 20 years ago Huin and his wife, Louise, moved to Sarasota, Florida – not to retire, but so Alain could return to his first loves: drawing, painting and sculpture.

Sitting in his studio, surrounded by paintings, prints and piles of notebooks filled with colorful drawings and sketches, Huin says, “People ask me, ‘Do you do art for pleasure?’ I reply, ‘No, it’s a need.’” He laughs, “Art – that’s all I know. I’ll never stop.”