The best artists of the French art scene

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Aguera Isabel - Humbaba attaqué par Gilgamesh et Enkidu

Humbaba attaqué par Gilgamesh et Enkidu

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Aguera Isabel

Aguera Isabel

Graduated from l’Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts de Paris, Isabel Aguera lives and works in Paris.

It is painting that allows the painter to reveal the great spaces of life and value of experience so much greater than any that can be brought within the other arts. It is without doubt that to see an abundance and multitude of life we have to find it by seeing an hour into a memory, a past, a consciousness, than by watching directly the present events of an hour of real life. But it needs a mind to create that vision of life, however crowded it may be. She is able to achieve minimum story.

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Amblard Didier - Sans titre (AMB008)

Sans titre (AMB008)

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Amblard Didier

Amblard Didier

When he was one year old, Didier Amblard, born in 1965 in Nancy, eastern France, moved with his mother, a postal worker, to the Auvergne region in central France. As an apprentice, he worked at a metal factory and then went into building. “One evening, I took it upon myself to draw, in one fell swoop, a train seat, a headrest, a pair of dark glasses like those worn by the singer Dutronc, a monk’s habit and a clove of garlic. My grandparents used to go to the local garlic and chicken fair.” Thus, at the age of 16, his everlasting passion for drawing was discovered. He peddled prints on the Riviera until he fell ill and had to be hospitalized in a psychiatric ward. His son was born in Bar-le-Duc in north eastern France, and there he tried to fulfil his role of father. There too he began dreaming of working as a carpenter and cabinetmaker. He was set to work in a public institution for handicapped persons, where he produced 150 wooden pallets a day and bagged pieces of plastic. One day he broke a saxophone, and another he broke a guitar. He wrote poems and prose filled with words of his own invention, a mixture of aggregates of syllables, grimaces and stutterings.

He continued to draw in his sketchbook and to paint, giving away and distributing his works in the institutions that took him in, but no one showed any interest in them.

In 2012, Amblard went into the art therapy centre of his hospital. A new hospital was replacing the old one and Amblard, outraged at the destruction of the old chapel inaugurated in 1857, decided to draw his “old hospital”, its outlines and those of his “dead comrades”, those “who could not take care of their children”, those who had headed for disaster and never recovered, wedged into corners pointing towards the sky, “poor cornered souls”, those returning to their “apiary”. He saw their silhouettes behind trees and in roots; they traversed the air, which for him was crowded. He constantly lived in the company of those who “dance seated in their armchairs”. Feverishly, from one ballpoint pen to another, he sought to escape from his disequilibrium, made preparatory sketches of staircases and windows, before he stopped drawing, only to begin again later, until he made his fateful utterance, “I won’t mature it any more.”

This universe, comprised of the unchanging repetition of ellipses, finishes in a continuum of helicoid representations where the organic and inorganic come together. One of its properties is transparency, the other, ephemerality. From the swirling combination of molecules, worlds in perpetual metamorphosis are drawn out. A few lines give structure, stretching and embedding themselves in the paper as if they were penetrating the skin without penetrating the flesh, gash-like, in a tormented world made of a tangle of nerves and tendons.

Only the sky (in the form of an empty space) is free of these metamorphoses and suggests that somewhere else is possible. All these areas that remain white frighten Amblard: should he fill them? Will that door be swallowed into the ground? Where do the staircases sink in? Both space and time submit to his world.

“My old hospital”, a premonitory anticipation not of future ruins that would enable a belonging to the past (when a building is constructed, should it perhaps be designed according to the ruin it will become?), but rather an anticipation of the disappearance of a chapter of history, that of the mentally ill and the buildings reduced–without distinction–to the role of rubble. “My old hospital” tells a story of the outsiders of Kafka’s village, of the crowd of the unloved, of shapeless shadows, of those walled-up and erased from the collective memory, of the forgotten dead, of those who never came to anything.

Didier Amblard participates in the exhibitions of the art therapy centre as an artist and poet. He is an artist who does not play at being an artist; he forgets his name; he does not sign his work. He has been given a mission that frees him from both social and public recognition.

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BAGOT Yann

BAGOT Yann

Yann Bagot was born in 1983. He lives and works in Paris but above all he loves working in the middle of the natural elements.

Graduated from L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (Paris) in 2008, he works drawing, ink, engraving and the artist’s book. His process is based on working sessions in the middle of the natural elements, and the conception of pictures in his workshop, inspired by scientific adventure and the force of nature. He displays his work regularly during personal or collective exhibitions in France, in Europe and in Asia, notably at the We Gallery in Shenzhen, the Gallery Less is More in Paris, at the Institut de France - Académie des Beaux Arts Paris, at the Vasarely Foundation ...

Besides, Yann Bagot draws and participates in performances with a group of artists « Ensaders », sometimes during jazz concerts.

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Balmet Gilles - Silver mountains

Silver mountains

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Balmet Gilles

Balmet Gilles

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Ben Hassine Wissem - Sans Titre 001

Sans Titre 001

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Ben Hassine Wissem

Ben Hassine Wissem

Born in Menzel Temine (Tunisia) in 1976, Wissem Ben Hassine has had a passion for painting and drawing since childhood. He was graduated from the College of Fine Arts in Tunis in 2001 and theaches the art of drawing at the School of Arts and Crafts in Kairouan (Tunisia). He was a former resident at the Center of the Living Arts in Rades (Tunisia) between 2005 and 2006, then at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris between 2007 and 2008. He now lives in Boulogne Billancourt (France).

Wissem Ben Hassine has also exhibited his works in Germany, Spain and in the United Arab Emirates.

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Benetto Eric - Sans Titre (BEN015)

Sans Titre (BEN015)

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Benetto Eric

Benetto Eric

Eric Benetto was born in 1972. When he came across a poster for an exhibition of works by the miner and visionary artist Augustin Lesage in 1989, he instinctively grasped that this would be a way for him to draw on his own meditative practice to shape and transmit his visions. His encounter with Abbé Coutant, who became a painter at the prompting of Gaston Chaissac, confirmed him in his belief that he, too, belonged to the same artistic family. He continued drawing and, between trips to India, worked at a variety of jobs, from mending roads and carrying out opinion polls by telephone to guarding a chemical plant. His works, suffused with subdued mysticism, are fascinating in their constant hesitation between the surface form of a stain and the canon of voices chanting the bewitching melody of his Cosmic Songs and Love Songs.

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Bordeau Anastassia - Mona Lisa du 21ème siècle

Mona Lisa du 21ème siècle

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Bordeau Anastassia

Bordeau Anastassia

Anastassia Bordeau was born in Moscow in 1979. She lives and works in Paris where she graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in 2003 (Ateliers Vincent Bioulès and Pat Andrea).
Anastassia Bordeau has produced a style that refuses the triviality born of routine, the myopia that triggers the habitual or a context that simply adheres to sterotype. This is why her scenes are so often nocturnal, or represent spaces that, by their uniqueness, seem enclosed. For night is the time when logic is forgotten or absent, where imagination chases dreams, where the impossible no longer applies, where opposites meet in improbable circumstances, and where the depth of meaning is revealed. The enclosed space, as if a night cut off from the world, thus forms its own universe.
These works are centered on actions in progress—benevolent actions, or anecdotal, but in which the enjoyment and anxiety of living are fully mixed—in indefinite expectation, evidently actions suspended as to the question of why, or to where, we are heading.
The influence of the teachings of modern painting, of that of Hopper in particular, or even of surrealist views in that they solicit the imaginary and suggest emotions beyond images—or even of Duchamp—is willingly represented, and which, allied often to a discreet humorous dimension, allows the artist to affirm her engagement to continuity.
For over a decade Anastassia Bordeau has in her painting alternated and intertwined urban night spaces—spaces almost closed, mostly underground, and mainly places of circulation—as well as nudes or undressed bodies, such scenes quite often composed of advertising imagery. By Jean-Paul Blanchet.

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Calandre Philippe

Calandre Philippe

Virtuoso of photomontage, Philippe Calandre, transforms industrial sites into labyrinthine cities. At the Espace Vallès, he offers a revisiting of the megalomaniac architecture of modern times, a reconsideration of the great myths of ancient architecture.
Tower of Babel, Babylonian astronomical observatory, cyclopean stone walls, Piranesian bridges, the megalithic monument of Stonehenge…The most unreasonable references come to mind in describing the imaginary landscapes of Philippe CALANDRE. Imaginary? Not altogether, because his work utilizes and adds upon photomontage. From views of industrial sites taken by camera the artist creates digital collages on his computer, matching fragments of images and thus recomposing reality at will. He not only makes all human presence disappear, but he multiplies the confusion of hangars, of silos, of chimneys, of beams, of piping, and of flights of stairs, transforming an already complex real into Daedalusian vision and a waking dream. Grandiloquent architectures of vast perspectives, planted in desert spaces, halfway from the prodigious forge of Vulcan and Mount Othrys of the Titans…

“Industrial architecture has no aesthetic constraint, but just the constraints of of productivity, explains Philippe CALANDRE. It has more free forms, but more violent ones, because they are designed with only productivity in mind.” Departing from this postulate, the photographer allows us to discover worlds as grandiose as they are rickety, megalopolises menaced by collapse. The fate dealt to architecture struck with the delirium of power (whether they be Stalinesque, Mussolinian, or achieved by the madness of capitalist grandeur) is that of cathedrals, of pyramids, and of mausoleums: that of ruin. There exists a powerful poetic from the uncultivated world of industry. Philippe CALANDRE engulfs himself in this imaginary world: dusty buildings, corroded walls, tarnished windows, etc. A veritable magic results, but a cold magic. The truly monumental formats of these impressions (tied to the extreme care brought to the construction of the photographic montages) leads the visitor to the exhibition to enter through the ground floor and into the image. One experiences, before the photomontages of Philippe CALANDRE, a true feeling of being crushed. And a vertigo that takes hold.

Jean-Louis Roux

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Castaignet Michel

Castaignet Michel

Michel Castaignet was born in 1971, he lives and works between Paris and Champagne.

Michel Castaignet’s painting is made of graphical and temporal disruptions. The different elements of the painting seem abandoned by an artist in hurry or forced to a certain form of efficiency in painting. The canvas bears marks of every event, sometime anodyne, occurring during the creative process in order to analyses the “sudden breaks” in the act of painting, these moments where the artwork ends. Some white areas appear here and there, witnessing the time lapse between two work sessions where the slide projector has moved slightly. The multiple projections and the cut up principle enlighten the secret of the workshop, the margins of creation. The artist talks about “a painting which stops before the edge, the end of the canvas, and then starts again, nearly itself again or at least in a relationship with itself.”

A very complex character, Michel Castaignet applies the principle of OuLiPo (acronym for the French Literary movement; the workshop of potential literature) to his paintings and multiplies the constraints. His very strict device resting on a system comparable to the definition/methods of Claude Ruthault, nevertheless creates a painting that is very open to interpretation. The artist sees in these compositions a mean to reconcile his taste for formalism and rigor with his taste for a baroque and colourful universe.

Michel Castaignet echoes a society marked by plagiarism and theoretical simplifications, in a permanent search for democratization of art and culture. A society where the artistic concepts are transformed into mere variations, where the multiplication of sources, the anonymity of the reproduced image creates every day a little more of an “opacity which prevents the public from producing knowledge” according to the essayist Edouard Glissant.

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Chaput Cécile - Flat Burst #33

Flat Burst #33

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Chaput Cécile

Chaput Cécile

Cécile Chaput was born in 1988 in Strasbourg, she lives and works in Paris.

Graduate from l'Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris and from the Universität der Künst (Berlin), Cécile Chaput dismembers and recomposes deconstructed kitchens, formed mainly of fragmented elements of Formica. Forging a special relationship with this material, literally putting into perspective this material, she focuses on it to reveal its unsuspected power. Real "madeleine de Proust", it makes remind in each one memories of past emotions : shared moments in a family kitchen, a favorite bar, the charm of an old-fashioned restaurant ... In this visual origami, the viewer is struck by the emotional burden carried by these fragmented compositions
 

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Chauvel Claire - Forêt de Mare-Longue, St Philippe

Forêt de Mare-Longue, St Philippe

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Chauvel Claire

Chauvel Claire

Claire Chauvel was born in 1986. She lives and works inthe east of France.

« […] The difficulty in seizing the image for good and the mistery of nature nourish Claire Chauvel's pictorial quest. The search for a rythm enables to eventually establish a connexion with nature, at the point where thoughts vanish. The artist is searching for something like a fundamental beat, approached with a touch that is rarely serene and a relentless effort to strip the landscape from whatever hides it. But the quest is infinite: a blind spot always remains, which requires the territorialization to go on, on the inside as well as on the outside. » Anne Malherbe

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Chrétien Manolo - NY Citillusion 10

NY Citillusion 10

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Chrétien Manolo

Chrétien Manolo

Manolo Chretien was born in 1966. He lives and works in France. He grew up amongst hangars, tarmac, kerosene, rivets and the aluminum skins of jet prototypes that his father, France’s first Astronaut, would one day pilot, a universe where Manolo developed his passion for the design and technology power, coexisting with industrial structures, metallic surfaces and infinite detail.
Since childhood he has been attracted by close up details of « skins » : aluminum planes , wooden and metal boats, cargo trucks, cars, and a myriad of surfaces altered by time’s passing, revealing an object’s soul.
Over the last twenty years, Manolo has travelled worldwide with one goal : feeling the heart and pulse of places, by capturing the skins of all surfaces distorted by time, wind, erosion…
Manolo, through his photographic perception in "behind his skins", drives us back into a material’s past, like bearing witness to our captivating world's history, believing/acknowledging that everything is ephemeral yet some great moments deserve to be captured by photography.

 

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Class Marine

Class Marine

Graduated from l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2007, Marine Class lives in  Nantes and works in La Chapelle-Basse-Mer.

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Crépieux Julien - Up_And_Downloading_Sasha

Up_And_Downloading_Sasha

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Crépieux Julien

Crépieux Julien

Julien Crépieux was born in 1979. He lives and works in Paris. Graduated from L’Ecole des Beaux Arts de Montpellier (France), his work was shown in several exhibitions in France and abroad.

Whether making films, installations, or collages, Julien Crépieux's work proposes original devices through the appropriation of images, films, texts, and music, of which he twists the modes of appearance, giving rise to works marked with a  formal as well as poetical dimension.  

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Dassault Olivier

Dassault Olivier

His steadfast allegiance to traditional photography and his love for his Minolta allow Olivier Dassault to create the most surprising superimposed works.

The name Dassault belongs to a select list of families that have made France’s reputation: from the aviation industry to new technologies, from motion picture production to the international press industry, from fine art to fine wine, and from charities that the Dassault family supports, to those it initiates.

Born on June 1, 1951 in Boulogne-Billancourt (France), Olivier earned his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the French Air School in 1974. He then obtained a Master’s in Decision Theory Mathematics (1976), followed by a Doctorate in Computer Science Management (1980). An aviation aficionado, Olivier passed his professional IFR Pilot license and has since broken several world flight airspeed records.

« Creation is a source of energy and vitality revealing it to the world is just as exciting.»

Marcel Dassault’s grandson devotes his aviator’s heart and soul to serving and promoting various interests. A renowned professional of the press and communications industries, chief executive officer, deputy, accomplished musician and photographer, Olivier devours and pursues several lives at once. It is part of who he is: a man with an insatiable appetite and many talents !

Having mastered the art of creative photography, Olivier Dassault brings new meaning to abstract art, language that defines the artist.

« I like to create mutations between reality ans its replica, and to reveal a new creative aestheticby my choice of angles and composition. »

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DE LA GRANDVILLE NATHALIE - La Révolte de Cronos

La Révolte de Cronos

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DE LA GRANDVILLE NATHALIE

DE LA GRANDVILLE NATHALIE

Graduate of Beaux-Arts Paris, lives and works in Paris. After having resided in Greece and having worked on Shakespearian tragedies, she has builted for some years a personnal mythology, which borrows from great universal myths. Painter, her works are regularly shown in France and in Europe. Scenographer, she has worked on choreographic and theater plays. Illustrator, she was published by Éditions Fata Morgana.

« Nathalie de La Grandville cultivates a significant number of paradoxes. These serve her need to express herself through an almost pictographic process. A process that, not only never excludes contradiction, but would certainly promote it. Her logic, that she claims loud and clear, escapes any reason. This does not mean that her compositions are absurd or abandoned to nonsense. Their constructrion proceeds from a sequence of figurative characters, which sketch a narrative. But it is unthinkable to only read the work of Nathalie de La Grandville as a territory haunted by characters described in an unpredictable perspective. We found ourselves trapped by a poetry of idiosyncrasy : these characters have become, under her brushes, the protagonists of the story she made of painting. »

Gérard-Georges Lemaire, art critic

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Fabra Marie-Hélène - Les cavaliers - Série Noirs

Les cavaliers - Série Noirs

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Fabra Marie-Hélène

Fabra Marie-Hélène

Marie-Hélène Fabra was born in 1961 in Geneva, Switzerland. Graduated from l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris and l’Ecole du Louvre, she lives and works in Paris and Berlin.

"From 2004 to 2007, I have realised two films on Greek tragedy into the psychiatric department of the prison of Fresnes . We used the Greek tradition of masks to get around two big difficulties: the ban on showing the prisoners’ faces, and for some of the ones with psychiatric disorders, the inability to play a role at all. The time we have spent creating the masks and designing the make-up has been at the core of our work, allowing participants a metamorphosis that both hid and revealed them.
In 2007 I spent some hours in the Prado seeing the Goya’s paintings « las negras ». After that, came the Ensor exposition at the Musée d’Orsay (Paris).
Like in the Baroque art, their gaze is key, painting gets close to theatre and realism mingles with dreamlike atmosphere. Titles may add a sense ironic or not to my images.The association between writing and painting is a constant of my work. I find myself at my best in the hybrid. Of the Ancient mythology I like the disdain for plausibility and for immutable forms. I like that culture where gods envy humans. I recognise myself in that relation to the world that comes from the pre-Christian era and survives through numerous avatars such as tales, tarot games and carnivals." Marie-Hélène Fabra

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Fajfrowska Sylvie

Fajfrowska Sylvie

Sylvie Fajfrowska is graduated from L'Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts de Paris. She lives and works in  Paris, and teaches at the ESADMM (Ecole Supérieure d'Art et de Design Marseille-Méditérranée, France). Her work is part of many private and public collections.

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GEOFFRAY Catherine

GEOFFRAY Catherine

Catherine Geoffray was born in 1960 in Téhéran. She lives and works in Paris.

Graduated from L'Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts de Paris, her work has been exposed in France and abroad, several times at ArtParis and Art Brussels, and is part of many private and public collections.

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GIN Christophe - COLONIE - Wayãmpi, Camopi, Guyane,

COLONIE - Wayãmpi, Camopi, Guyane,

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GIN Christophe

GIN Christophe

Christophe Gin was born in 1965. Il lives and works between France and Amazonia. 

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Gingembre Victor - Les Causeuses

Les Causeuses

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Gingembre Victor

Gingembre Victor

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Groom Orsten

Groom Orsten

Simon Leibovitz – Grźeszczak alias Orsten Groom was born in 1982. He lives and works in Paris. He is graduated from  l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (2009) and from the Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Le Fresnoy (2011).

What hasn’t he said, read or tried to explain ? What hasn’t he watched, swallowed, digest then spit ? What hasn’t he searched, investigate, bring back or reported on the plane surface ? Whenever we find ourselves despite all means - but we had it coming - in front of a Orsten Groom painting, our legs seem to cast away in vertigo. Chaos is in the place, in it’s theater, and mud and clutter, morrass, tangle, gallimaufry reign.
Let’s untangle what this mud is about.
There is a dilemna: either scrupulously describe it’s vast « Tohu-Bohu » population and signs iconography (a lazy temptation); either aim on the paint itself, it’s economy, examine and study the essential component of this canvases. He works accordingly to a « Method », says he. The flat canva takes in it’s inwardness, it’s backgrounds. These will be the receptacle of the Danse Macabre to come. These abstract grounds (for they’re meaningless at this bottom point) are borrowed from the byzantine and russian icons golden beds - and bring up the lights and tons of the counterday. Then bursts a form, or rather a shape (since the term « form » undermeans a fake formalism, some fetichism to come, « Junk » or « Rubbish » as Bruno Schulz may say); a drawing, or some pattern as the primary sign of the investigation.
Other will succeed amongst the primal clue, and little by little grows and thickens the quagmire.
Therefore, even before any reasoning or thinking, the canvas gets a « reflexion » that the artist experiences as an arena - « a convocation » - and the work to work from itself : « In a turmoil of great joy, grand medieval dance of the anyhows and anyways of haunting. Something as infernal as the vast absurda in which we slash. »
Space get saturated and compelled by the stubborn refusal of any perspective, except for the icon’s reversed perspective that turns the spectator in a second-hand actor of the carnival sewing the picture.
Composition is neutralised. Every patterns condense so as not to arrogate the subject : « There shall be neither entering or exit point. It would be to easy to allow a single pattern gets credit or value from a flattering environment. »
These patterns sometimes disappear and leave a trace, a ghost clue of what have been in order for the thing to be. Backgrounds, patterns, spurts and drippings, flattering effects and strokes order in autonomous ways a centrifugal and centripetal morass.The whole spins out from the center to the physical borders of the picture, and aggregate from the frame to the core. This in a permanent, swirling and torrential trafic.
The picture is the re-organisation space of the cosmic harmonies - cosmological, even cosmogonical - a translation of archetypes. Therefore we cannot grab the totality anymore, but maybe only its tonality.
An adaptation time and the right distance remain to be set. With them we descry the Maelström effect that deports and perverts the stare.
The vertical and horizontal scheduling (the horizontal inscribed between two verticals), the inscription of a frame in the physical surface of the picture, the (often violent) relationship of raw colors (out of tubes and pots) mark the prominence of the disposition device for Orsten Groom. A device that desires to untangle from the formalist constraints.

The dénouement, the outcome would therefore be to level and flatten it all. To neutralise the whole thing. Orsten Groom engages strong relationships with Piet Mondrian in his « new perception » design : it « does’nt process from a given point but puts perspective everywhere and nowhere. It ain’t confined to time and spot. » (Piet Mondrian, The realization of Neoplasticism in a distant future, 1922)
We must lead the « investigations » by this means : the active dynamism of structure by colors, i.e light. Issues that were already at stake in the older and intimate canvas of the artist, where patterns used to feed on the very paint itself.
The work is therefore the theater of this close proximities experiments : words, patterns, signs, matter-colors and light-colors. Orsten Groom takes on the dressmaker suit which needlework is infinite, always on the loom. He knows his sight hampered and the failure of a strict, dogmatic definition of painting - hence this requirement not to build images or idols, this neediness of the canvas to tangle, sew and commingle amongst itself.
Painting becomes an organic monster that Groom wakes and reveals as Calderon’s Sigismond : « man amongst beasts, and beasts amongst men »

Mudseam, Orsten Groom / Martus Lupus, Yannick Courbès, MUBA - Eugène Leroy Museum curator

 

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Guéranger Michel - Peindre le Mont Blanc

Peindre le Mont Blanc

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Guéranger Michel

Guéranger Michel

Since the middle of the 1960s, the painter, graphic artist and photographer Michel Guéranger has been adding to a rich and diverse body of work that has been exhibited in numerous galleries across Europe, the United States and South America. His work is represented in major public and private collections. Constantly questioning spatial notions, Michel Guéranger first explored the dynamic play of the laws of space and our perception of it, in particular as part of ‘Space’, a group that is listed in the Encyclopedia Universalis.
A few years later tackling the question of speed, he integrated temporal notions into his work and collaborated with the automobile industry and Aérospatiale. The ephemeral nature of natural supports was another subject of interest, for example when, in extreme climatic conditions, he coloured the snows of Mont Blanc in his monumental piece Sur les neiges du Mont-Blanc.
His experiments have led him to delve deeper into this partial approach to the universe, underlining correspondences between the different cosmic scales, from the infinitely big with Altitudes fractales and Peintures d’altitudes, to the infinitely small using macro photography for Métamorphoses de l’eau.
Michel Guéranger is a consummate dreamer. He dreams of clearly defined matter, space without vertigo, colours, shapes, deep shadows, relief and silence. When you dream as he does, across the breadth of the canvas, you realise that a zero contains infinity, that an atom is larger than the entire universe and that a second can last an eternity.
Michel Guéranger is free. He has escaped from constraints to tirelessly create new continents at the heart of matter. As a microcosmic magician, he plays the details game, seizing a speck of dust, attaching a drop of water, grabbing hold of a light wave and deforming a shape until it is as large as the universe itself.

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Guermont Milène

Guermont Milène

Milène Guermont, born in 1981 in Normandy, has diplomas in both engineering and art. She associates hi-technology with the power of poetic imagination.

Milene's work as an artist has led her to create a new generation of concrete, that bring elegance, technical innovation and a human touch to the familiar grey divider of urban space. Her Polysensual Concrete reacts to each individual's unique magnetic field by emitting dashes of bright light and soft echoes from the voices of nature, from falling rain to the electric whispers of passing clouds. This video will tell you more.

Her work has been exposed at Art Basel Miami, Art Paris, New Art Center New York, Salt Lake Art Center, National Archives of France, Cartier Foundation with the architect Claude Parent, Nuit Blanche Paris, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, ...

Additionally, Milene creates both publicly and privately commissioned works. In June 2014, her sculpture INSTANTS was installed in front of the sea in Utah Beach to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the landings in the breach n°00 "Atlantic Wall", Utah Beach during World War II. Futhermore, in honor of this event, her FREE-PLANETs are ordered to be gifts to top figures throughout the world.

In 2015, she is the "coup de cœur" of DDESSIN (Paris Contemporary Drawing Fair), has a a solo video show in the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museum of Caen, and is selected by the international jury of "2015: international year of light" launched by UNESCO, MINI AGUA is shown at Villa Datris - Foundation for sculpture and INSTANTS is on Utah Beach.

In 2016, she is exhibited at the parisian Mineralogy Museum (solo show), at the fair ART PARIS by the Ermitage Foundation, at Passager Museum, she creates the artwork A BEAT on the Eiffel Tower, the Montparnasse Tower and PHARES, and one of her sculptures is installed permanently on a parisian classified site.

Her last monumental sculpture PHARES (5 km of aluminium, light and lime) on Place de la Concorde, has 3 labels (COP 21, PARIS POUR LE CLIMAT, UNESCO) thanks to hundreds of people to make it in just 3 months.

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Guinamand Cristine

Guinamand Cristine

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IVANOVA Natacha

IVANOVA Natacha

Natacha Ivanova was born in 1975 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She studied at the National School of Fine Arts V.l. Loganzon in St. Petersburg and was graduated from L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2000, under the mentorship of Prof. J.M. Alberola. Her works have been shown in many group and individual exhibitions in Paris, London, New York, and Brussels.

She got the 1st Price of painting Antoine Marin in 2007 in Paris, and the 1st Price of painting Dumas-Miller, at the Academie des Beaux Arts de Paris in 2006.

In addition to oil painting, Natacha Ivanova’s artistic endeavors have been focusing on objects. Her art is influenced by the writings of C.G. Jung, the philosophy of the collective mind, and the meaning of the subconscious. She combines historical, mythological tales with personal memories, creating a new consciousness of reality in contemporary life.

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Jacquier Rémy - Etude pour trompette

Etude pour trompette

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Jacquier Rémy

Jacquier Rémy

Rémy Jacquier was born in 1972 in Chambéry, France. He lives and works in Bouzillé (France).

Rémy jacquier produces simultaneously sculptures, drawings, installations and pieces of performance art, which closely base themselves on respective systems presented in literature, science and music. By playing with notions of 'transitionning', his works become visualisations of thought.

In their plasticity, these visualisations show the journey of the idea in the construction of an architectural structure from a conceptual basis. His works create strange pathways, inviting the viewer to explore them as they would a landscape.

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Jérôme Sarah

Jérôme Sarah

Sarah Jérôme was born in 1979 in Rennes (France). She lives and works in Montreuil (France).

Between the age of seven and twenty, Sarah Jérôme practises dance every day. She was graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris in 1998, and danced at the National Opera of Lyon (France). Over the course of stretching exercises, sequences and efforts, she manages to sculpt and model her own body. Classical dance requires a training of the body, a discipline that the artist slowly refused and abandoned. In 2008, she decides to immerse herself into drawing, painting and sculpture. She studied at L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux arts de Paris. Her work is exhibited in France, Italy, England, Switzerland, Belgium as well as in galleries as in art fairs or Museums.

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JOLITON Laurent - The Tracker I

The Tracker I

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JOLITON Laurent

JOLITON Laurent

Laurent Joliton was born in Paris in 1969.

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Kirch Michel - La tentation totalitaire

La tentation totalitaire

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Kirch Michel

Kirch Michel

Michel Kirch was born in Metz (France) in 1952 within an artists family. He alternates for several years between major travel projects – a year in the Sahara, four months with the Bedouin in Sinai, a summer on a trawler out of Santander, 3 years in Lower Galilee, a year in Tel Aviv, a winter in the High Atlas – and   practising medicine. He writes accounts of his travels and discovers photography
• Organ Prize at the Metz (France) Conservatory
• Trains as a doctor in Strasbourg (France)
 • A year's training as a mountain guide at the French army's Ecole de Haute Montagne in Chamonix
• After his year in the Sahara comes his first exhibition – Jeux de Sable – at Espace Canon in Paris
• Shows in galleries in Europe, the United States and Asia
• Is invited to represent France in the Shapes of Time exhibition at the Alexandria Biennale in Egypt in 2008
• Works acquired by public and private collection
• The Province of Milan chooses works from his series Climats (Climates) to accompany a lecture by Edgar Morin and      establish a link between Morin's thinking and the world of art
• Becomes the first artist to be chosen by the foundation L’Art pour la Conscience et le Partage des Biens Communs,  sponsored by Edgar Morin, and donates a work to the foundation
• Is chosen two years running (2009, 2010) by the Esther Woerdehoff gallery for Paris Photo, and for MIART and MIA in Milan (2010, 2011)
• Is selected three years running by Mac Paris (2009–2011)
• In May 2010 his exhibition TransPhotographies is spotlighted by the City of Marseille's cultural programme
• Invited by the John McDermott Gallery to the Angkor Foto Festival in 2010
• His exhibition at Espace Cardin in Paris in December 2011 is sponsored by Edgar Morin, with the backing of the European Space Agency and Astrium (with painter Dominique Paulin)
• In June 2012 he is named Intercultural Ambassador by the UNESCO Sorbonne Club
• Invited to show at the Tel Aviv Autumn Salon in November 2012
• Invited by the French Embassy in India to exhibit in New Delhi in February 2013
• Invited by UNESCO to exhibit during the Global Conference in June 2013
• Retrospective on various sites in the city of Metz, including the Musée de la Cour d’Or, September 2013 – January 2014
• Show with the Baudoin Lebon gallery at the Art O’Clock fair, Paris, September 2013
• Black and White magazine: Award Winner, Portfolio Contest, November 2013
• Grand Prix Eurazéo for Photography, 2013
• Publication of the tryptic “le Jardin” in “Consumption”, editions teNeues, september 2014
• Publication of the monography “ les éveillés ” November 2014 
• BENAKI MUSEUM, GREECE - Athens Photobook Show , 3 June - 26 July 2015
• Invited by the Mairie de Paris and the European Day of Jewish Culture in the theme “Bridges and Cultures” with personal exhibition and conference. september 2015
• Winner of the International Competition « Spirit of the Mediterranean », organized by PHOTOMED and LENSCULTURE. May 26 - June 19,  2016

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Klasen Peter - Rideau de fer

Rideau de fer

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Klasen Peter

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Lacroix Yann

Lacroix Yann

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Lahusen Aliska - Tambour de pluie

Tambour de pluie

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Lahusen Aliska

Lahusen Aliska

Alliska Lahusen was born in Poland. Graduated from l'École Supérieure des Beaux Arts of Warsaw in 1972, she lives and works in Paris and Bourgogne (France).

I develop my artistic thinking first in three dimensions works and my paintings are like an echo, a response to my sculptures. I work mainly on lead sheets, pasted on wood, on which I perform as drawer, engraver and painter, using acids, crude pigments, pastels and oil painting. In a general way, I search after an economy of the color in favour of a development of the matter.
Much of my work can be read as an approach to the fundamental archetypes. Thus the works of the serie Beds evokes birth as well as death, rest as love. They are an evocation of the life stages. Those of the serie Barques evokes the travel, the crossing, the departure. And of course the last trip and the passage to another world. The works of the serie Bowls, typical instrument of the beggar, are also a symbol of the offering, the generosity and the gift, that means the basis of the relationship to the others.
Since several years, I have developed my work by the use of the traditional oriental lacquer. The long process of the superposition of the diferent states of colours permits a meditation about the time and the themes of reflection and depth. The lacquer is also an opening to the colors and their symbolic and sensual language.

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Lepetit Marie

Lepetit Marie

Marie Lepetit lives and works in Paris.

Marie Lepetit’s drawings, paintings and installations attempt representations of the rich and mysterious complexity of the living world. With compass, setsquare and multi-dimensional rulers, the artist painstakingly plans field of points that trace a network of overlapping arcs and straight lines. These dispersions of dots float within the space of a sheet or a roll of paper, amidst a book, upon a wall or across a canvas. Their constellatory structures subsume both surface and space, flickering in and out of view above layers of colour. The greater body of works reveals a colour scheme focused upon black, white, grey, yellow, orange, blue and pink. The articulations of points, lines, light and colours conjure evocations of cartography in forms as potentially scientific as they are poetic and philosophical. The interpretive possibilities are many; redolence abounds with topography, astronomy, biology, and geology, even oceanography. Earth, sky and sea convene at the centres of these enigmatic maps. These instinctual cartographies redeem polarities as the scientific rubs shoulders with the spiritual. The concrete reclaims the abstract, and the abstract captures the concrete.

Marie Lepetit invests her marks with a physical, even performative energy. On thick sheets of paper she deploys an unbroken series of repeated gestures -  dotting, piercing, drawing, rotating, sprinkling, rubbing – improvising a kind of choreography directly upon the wall or floor. Covering over the perforated drawings with charcoal powder, she generates stencils for successive layers of work. Thus she elaborates the blueprints of her compositions, before developing new textures in acrylic paint, more charcoal powder, and pastel. Redolent of natural processes, the materiality of her work evolves in time with the unyieldingly repeated motions. Marie Lepetit plumbs the “depths of the sky” of Edouard Glissant’s poem. In the applications and reapplications of her experimentation, she uncovers new territories, gestures, and sensations of the plastic and the physical realms the traces of which remain encoded in her enigmatic maps.
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MASMONTEIL Olivier - A blinding sound

A blinding sound

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MASMONTEIL Olivier

MASMONTEIL Olivier

Olivier Masmonteil was born in 1973 in Romilly sur Seine (France). Graduated from l'Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux (France), he lives and works in Paris.

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MENDRAS François - Propterea exaltabit caput - 2007-08

Propterea exaltabit caput - 2007-08

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MENDRAS François

MENDRAS François

François Mendras was born in 1962, he lives and works in Paris. Graduated from L’Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris, his work has been showcased at the Fondation Cartier, the Palais des Congrès de Paris, at the artfair La FIAC, and is part of many private and public collections.

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Molk Marc - Le masque de tous les jours

Le masque de tous les jours

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Molk Marc

Molk Marc

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Muheim Hélène

Muheim Hélène

Hélène Muheim lives and works in Montreuil. Of swiss and french origin, she spent her childhood in the mountains and in the Luberon, in Sénanque Abbey, a cistercian monastery and cultural center. She met visual artists, musicians, sociologists or theologians who likely influenced her vocation. After graduating from Beaux-Arts, she exhibits her paintings and creates site-specific installations. Simultaneously she creates vosdesirs.org, a virtual space for doing nothing, a field of graphic and poetic experiences. It is through the digital line that she finds back the original gratification of drawing. She now devotes all her research to this medium, attracted by its fragility. As a child Hélène Muheim had the privilege to «watch ends of the world beyond the clouds, to perceive the vastness, and the obvious uncertainty of our beings.» From here she went to see further. From her lonely trips she learns through landscapes to reconsider our connexion to the world and to the image. She has solo and collective exhibitions in galleries in Paris, as well as in art centers in Rennes and Le Havre ; she participated in Drawing Now art fair (contemporary drawing art fair held in Paris), and is currently working on various institutional exhibitions projects (Paris, London, South Korea).

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Murat Lucien - Les Musiciens Blêmes

Les Musiciens Blêmes

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Murat Lucien

Murat Lucien

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Nedjar Michel - Sans titre (Belleville)

Sans titre (Belleville)

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Nedjar Michel

Nedjar Michel

Michel Nedjar was born in 1947 in Soisy-sous Montmorency (Val d’Oise, France) to an Ashkenazi mother and a Sephardic father. The third in a family of 7 children, he became passionate about fabric very early on – his father being a tailor –, making dresses for his sisters’ dolls – with which he secretly played – and helping his grandmother sell old rags (Schmatess) at the flea market. As an adolescent, he became painfully aware of the Holocaust, of the history of his family, in large part fallen victim to Nazism: the tragic dolls he then began to make are reminiscent of this. He subsequently went on numerous trips to Asia and Mexico, where he discovered the magical Kachina dolls and the mummies: “They weren’t dead. They had their costumes, their dresses glued to their skin.” It was upon his return that he made his first dolls (his “soul flesh” series, a pun on the French for “dear ladies”) out of rope, rags and feathers that he would soak in a bath of dirt, dye and blood. As many burnt cadavers as mutilated bodies. Starting in 1980, his creativity extended to drawing, wax and painting. When Dubuffet discovered him and started to collect his dolls, Nedjar was introduced to Art Brut: enthusiastic, he himself began to seek new artists, to collect their works and co-founded – with Madelein Lommel and Claire Teller – L’Aracine.* Thus, Nedjar entered doubly into the world of Art History, as a scout for Art Brut, and above all, as an artist. Roger Cardinal dedicated a leading article to him in the Fascicules of Art Brut and more than 20 or so of his works are in the National Museum of Modern Art thanks to the Cordier donation.

He is the Brut artist – even if he no longer really belongs in this category – who has exposed the most over the past 30 years and his work has been the subject of a great number of international publications. 

* the donation of this collection in 1999 allowed for the foundation of the first Art Brut museum in France at the LaM, in Villeneuve d’Ascq.

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Nicolini Nicolas

Nicolini Nicolas

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Peltier Stéphane - Boiserie III

Boiserie III

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Peltier Stéphane

Peltier Stéphane

Born in 1967 in Rouen, Stéphane Peltier lives and works in Toulouse and in the Gers (south-west of France). He graduated from the Art School of Aix en Provence University and undertook a PHD on the beginnings of Art Criticism.

He trained during the period of the “return to painting”at the end of the 1980s and remained faithful to that medium. He had been marked since his beginnings by American abstract expressionism and in the years 2000 he came back to fragmented figuration with works inhabited by acephalic or phantomatic / ghostly bodies, animals and references to Antiquity. Then he stopped painting.  He left metropolitan France to travel. When he went back to painting the ghosts / phantoms had disappeared.
His interests are very diverse and range from Italian Mannerism to Oscar Wilde’s writings and portolan charts. His work nowadays takes a number of forms that can hardly be traced back to a common identity. Still, the common denominator is his conception of painting: convinced as he is that art is totally separate from life, he considers art as pure artifice. To him, a painting is an enclosed world in which outlook, meaning and sensation are carefully built.
He is distrustful of the widespread use of photography in painting and only rarely resorts to it because it conceals the real as well as the painting underneath the surface of an image. Conversely, his work feeds on memory, observation, drawing and the remains of sensations which underlie his relationship to the world.

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Renaud Brann

Renaud Brann

Brann Renaud was born in 1977 in Paris where he is presently living and working. He got his dnsap degree from Paris School of Fine Arts in 2004. He attended Montrouge and ‘November in Vitry’ exhibitions and then worked with the Trafic Gallery of Paris. He was awarded the Antoine Marin prize in 2007.
Since then he has attended, in France and in Europe, many exhibitions and fairs ( Slick, Art-Paris…), notably ‘A cent Mètres du Centre du Monde’ Contemporary Art Center in Perpignan, in 2015, around Pat Andrea.
‘I am currently working, as I have been doing so for ten years, working on reality filtered through the prism of poetry, of some mismatch specific to subjectivity, occasionally childlike, as far as it does not fit any dogma nor prejudice. First and foremost what matters is felt experience, which can be cruel and scathing, an experience meant to deliver what reality can genuinely offer us. I build on the images that come to me, I build again and again on them to bring my feeling to light. I create a painting which tells a story as much as it shows something.’

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Rochard Arnaud

Rochard Arnaud

Arnaud Rochard was born in Saint Nazaire (France) in 1986. He lives and works in Brussels (Belgium).
Graduated from the EESAB Quimper (France) in 2010, his work is exhibited in Germany, Belgium and France.

“Already in my first year at the École supérieure d’art de Quimper, I became fascinated by the art of engraving,” says the Breton-born artist, who first spent one year in Brussels as an Erasmus exchange student, before he got lost permanently in the multi-layered cultural playground where, among other things, he helped the enticing art platform Le Kabinet to surface from the underground. “Partly because of the artisanal, tactile work with wood and metal. But also because of the fact that you work in different stages : drawing, making a matrix, inking, printing, etc. Even once you have mastered all of these techniques, there are still moments when unexpected variations occur. Trying to think through and elicit these accidental sparks is one of the most exciting things about this work.”

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Rondard Sandrine - Les Guetteurs

Les Guetteurs

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Rondard Sandrine

Rondard Sandrine

Graduated from L'École Nationale d' Art de Cergy Pontoise and from L'École Nationale des Beaux Arts de Dijon, Sandrine Rondard was born in 1966. She lives and works in Montreuil and Paris.

The landscape is in the current work of Sandrine Rondard, the setting, the theatrical set of a history in suspense where nature, sometimes threatening, sometimes protective plays a preponderant role. A nature that unfolds its mystery around small actors, indifferent witnesses or new heroes of an interrupted cinematographic narration, "to be continued" by the viewer.
Drama latent or fairy tales, the artist proposes the beginning of a narrative that goes along with the strange and the real, and in which mixes his own photos, literature, cinema, the history of art ... . And allows the viewer to summon his own imagination.

 

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Roussopoulos Alexandra

Roussopoulos Alexandra

Alexandra Roussopoulos was born in Paris in 1969, and is of Swiss and Greek descent. Through painting, she explores the relationship among shape, color and space, and questions the physical and mental spaces she lives in. Her work has always emphasized the importance of artistic dialogue and the connection with others. She regularly collaborates in art projects and has participated to numerous artist residencies in Slovenia, Croatia, Algeria, Greece, Ireland, Spain and China. Each of these experiences has had a great impact on her artistic practice. The spatial displacement is always an occasion to rejuvenate her vision of her past and future.

Alexandra has participated in the activities of the APDV art center in Paris, which brings artistic action to the heart of government subsidized housing areas. She has organized and curated several exhibitions, Water and Dreams at the Kamchatka gallery in 2007, Mauvais Genre in collaboration with Isabel Duperray at a Moroccan gallery in St Nazaire in 2009 and Young Memories in episodique Gallery in Paris in 2015/2016.

Alexandra has exhibited in Switzerland (at Art and History Museum of Neuchâtel, Louis Moret Foundation and the Manoir in Martigny, davel 14 in Cully, Villa Bernasconi in Grand-Lancy, Ferme Asile in Sion, and LAC in Vevey), in France (at L’Art dans les Chapelles, la Cité Radieuse de Le Corbusier in Marseille, the apartment/studio of Le Corbusier in Paris, Marie-Victoire Poliakoff gallery in Paris, and the gallery Scrawitch/Julien BEZILLE in Paris), in China (at Pifo Gallery and the Art Gallery Lelege in Beijing, Shanghai Yard Art Gallery, and National Wetland Museum in Hangzhou), in New-York (Zurcher Gallery) and London ( The Baldwin Gallery).

Alexandra studied in England (Camberwell School of Arts) and Paris (École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts). She was awarded the visual arts prize of the René Liechti Foundation in Switzerland in 2010 and the "November in Vitry" painting prize in 2002.

She regularly participates in workshops in France and abroad (in France, at La Hear, Mulhouse and ESBA Le Mans and in China, the Academy of Fine Arts of China and the University of Fine Arts in Hangzhou).

Her work is present in a diversity of public collection such as the MAC VAL Museum (Vitry Sur Seine, France), in the Valais Cantonal Museums Contemporary Art Collection of the State of Valais, Switzerland and in the Lancy Art Collection of Contemporary Art, Switzerland.

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Sabatté Lionel - Petit oiseau des îles du 29/01/1989

Petit oiseau des îles du 29/01/1989

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Sabatté Lionel

Sabatté Lionel

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Salas Borquez Franco - L ' horizon perdu

L ' horizon perdu

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Salas Borquez Franco

Salas Borquez Franco

Franco Salas Borquez was born in 1979. He lives and works in France.
He got the prize of L'institut d'Histoire et Culture Maritime d'Espagne - Musée Naval de Madrid (Spain) in 2010, the Congratulation Letter from the Ministre de la Défense - Musée de la Marine de Paris, Palais Chaillot in 2011 and 2014.

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Sigg Ivan - Autoportrait intérieur

Autoportrait intérieur

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Sigg Ivan

Sigg Ivan

Ivan Sigg is a painter, illustrator and novelist, born in 1960 in Casablanca (Morocco).

Former Student of Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratif of Paris
Former student of the art historian Daniel Arasse
Consultant in innovation and creativity

Numerous exhibitions in France and abroad since 1985. Set of ballets and giant frescoes in France, Japan and Italy with the Streetartist Group Banlieue Banlieue. Creation of the Sydney Olympic Games’s poster. Draftsman for Libération and the Le Monde for 12 years. Engraved glass frescoes for the swimming pool of Gonfreville l'Orcher, and for the national headquarters of the Caisse d'Épargne group in Paris. Publication of 3 novels (Julliard and Publibook) and 10 children's books (Gauthier Languereau and Marabout). Co-founder of the experimental art magazine KUU. Author of the play « Tout UBU du monde » and «  Animalamlet » played at the Small Theater of the Porte St Martin. Performer in animated digital paintings at the Georges Pompidou Center and on tour with the singer Petrek. Residence-exhibition in Kobe (Japan) for three months in 2017.

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Trouvé Wilson

Trouvé Wilson

Wilson Trouvé was born in 1980. Graduated from DNSEP (Master) in Art, Villa Arson (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Nice, France) in 2013 and from DNAP Art, Ecole Régionale des Beaux-Arts de Rennes (France) in 2001. He lives and works in Brussels (Belgium).

 

When we see Wilson Trouvé’s coloured forms, what strikes us first is the how meticulously they are made. Like Mezzapelle, he uses the most recent techniques and materials, even if he continually returns to clay, like the former goes back to plaster and/or wood.  Some of his wall reliefs evoke technological elements: control panels and computer circuits or enormous legos.  However, his leitmotiv seems to be the drip, as if all those materials had produced a surplus and this surplus created an overflow. We spoke about the drip with Anita Molinero and her melted materials that precede or follow a catastrophe, or in any case are never far away.  But for Trouvé, the drips carry no violence and the surplus isn’t in the least grating or aggressive, they are ingredients for indulgence in sweets without a second thought, total sensual pleasure. Could it be that the ceramic term bisque or “biscuit” in French, leads us to pastry? What’s astonishing lies in this full and complete claim to frolic about in pleasure without exclusion.  It’s not just about taking pleasure in matter, but also in objects, like the tea service with liquid brimming over. Breaking brings an additional decorative element, soiling embellishes. These arranged cracks and stains whose transgression space is restrained, is as if the playground for rolling round in the dirt were adjacent to a corseted, or too pristinely kept world. This carefully measured trash reflects all the pleasures of libertinage, a space of adolescent freedom. Frédéric Vallabrègue, Catalogue text extract from the exhibition of Marseille-Luminy School of Fine Arts artist-teachers at the SOPSI Gallery, Shanghaï, 2010

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VELICKOVIC Vladimir

VELICKOVIC Vladimir

Vladimir Velickovic lives and works in Paris. He was born in 1935 in Belgrade (Yugoslavia), where he showcases his work for the first time in 1951. Graduated from the Architecture Faculty in 1960 in Belgrade, his first personal exhibition took place at the Modern Art Museum of Belgrade.

He gets the price of painting of the Biennale de Paris in 1965, city where he decides to move in the year after. He makes his first personal exhibition in Paris in 1967 in the Gallery of the Dragon. He has been teacher at L’Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts de Paris for eighteen years.

In 2009, he creates the "Vladimir Velickovic Fund for drawing", which rewards young Serbian artists. He is : Serbian Member of the Serbian Academy of sciences and arts ; Member of the Beaux Arts Academy (France) ; Member of the Macedonian Academy of sciences and arts; Commander des Arts et des Lettres ; Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur.

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Velk Marko

Velk Marko

Marko Velk was born in Yugoslavia in 1969. Graduated from  L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France, he lives and works in New York since 2011.

The drawing as a system of representation has the power to set adrift the viewer’s mind. The efficiency of its technique puts us on a level footing with the intentions of the author and, in consequence, enacts a partition  in which the projections of the artist’s subconsciousness flow as pure evidences. And so we start to believe , because it is the image that fascinates us, that those phantasmagoria have a foundation, just like the rational has one, and that the human species, perhaps, is not only defined  by the genetic grid. But,not any drawing is capable of producing such effect ; what it requires is an undefinable part that transcends representation and makes of it an enigma. Marko Velk’s drawing belongs to that level of exactitude, not only because of the virtuosity of his technique (since to retain only that side of it would mean to misinterpret and devalue it), but because of his ability which belongs to a different register, the register of thought and its power of evoking and questioning. Text by J.P.Plundr

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Vilhena João - Corps de l'amour

Corps de l'amour

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Vilhena João

Vilhena João

Born in Portugal, João Vilhena lives and works in France. Graduated from Villa Arson, Vilhena practices drawing and painting from a neoconceptual position. In 2003 he received the Prémio Rothschild Painting Award. He showed in Drawing Now 2011 and 2012, Artissima Art Fair, Villa Arson, and Istres Contemporary Art Center. In 2010 he was featured in the contemporary drawing specialized magazine "Roven" (no°4, autumn/winter 2010−2011). In 2011 Galerie Alberta Pane presented his solo show "Deux lunes à l'autre", focusing on his latest obession: the moon.

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Vyskoc Tristan

Vyskoc Tristan

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Wallon Marine

Wallon Marine

Born in 1985 in Paris, Marine Wallon works and lives in Paris and Pantin. She is graduated from the MFA School of the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston and from l'École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris.

Images deformed of real objects or landscapes, collected images, optical phenomena, Marine Wallon's works explore the pictorial medium through various supports: painting, brick, aluminum, paper, etc. The use of these techniques and diverse materials questions the link of the paint in the image and in the fragment. Marine Wallon summons amply references inherent to the cinema, to the literature and to the photography. It is by questioning the memory of images that she explores painting in the deepest part of its architecture, in the structural sense: montage, time, space.
Marianne Derrien, extracts from « Le mirage des images »


In her creation protocol, Marine Wallon intercepts an image in a video stream, a document used to construct her painting. She thus seizes the right moment, when the characters viewed from the back or represented in receding profile, are dispossessed of the main action. The extended shadow of a golfer's club is mingled with summer light. These images seem to exist at the edge of their own history, in a flutter. These dreams of the real, see at the same time mingle dexterity and let go of a complex pictorial touch where the passages of the brush are signified by the traces.
Théo-Mario Coppola, extracts from the text "cet espace sans ombre”

 

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