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ST PAUL LE JEUNE (07), France
After four years of studying at the Beaux-arts, Philippe tried to put painting aside but it quickly regained a central place in his life. Since then, he has been looking for ways to continue his approach and progress. He has obtained the support of companies and collectors who have allowed him to deepen his technique and to confront him with the demands of his clients.
He appropriates Paul Cézanne's approach: "If I think, I am lost". Thus, his years of research have made him understand an essential point: at the moment of work, what happens is out of the field of thought, out of the concept; Philippe has even observed that thinking is a dangerous function for the progression of my painting. If there is thinking, it is on the technical level, it is factual. The work consists of attentive listening. "I don't pursue the image of an idea, it's the painting that imposes a path on me, I just follow it. If I bow, I am then in the pure pleasure of painting, there is no more doubt and when the doubt reappears, I lose the thread that led me "I don't know where". Then it's time to step back and situate and evaluate the finished painting in a larger whole."
Added to this sensitivity, the artist puts into practice G. Braque's famous formula: "I like the emotion that corrects the rule and the rule that corrects the emotion". From another point of view, the artist likes to say that only the technique exists, the "content" or the soul of the painting is not the fact of an intention in the moment. He does not choose a subject, a technical line, they impose themselves. "It is a great freedom in obeying what is being said. It is the result of a long struggle between a personal will and what I will call "deep creativity". This confrontation sharpens and refines the ability to listen. The abandonment is done little by little, it's the fruit of a long process."
The themes explored are vegetation, water, mountains, often seen from above. Philippe Bietry seeks to meet the invisible background that underlies nature; it is an ambitious project that takes the place of a horizon.
Philippe Biétry - oil painting on wood
Studied at the Beaux-Arts of Beaune and Besançon (4 years)
The artist has been painting regularly since 1975, sometimes with the support of collectors and companies.
2016 The Invisible Dawn / Gallery of Excellence - La Roche Posay, France
2012 Grandes eaux / Amice - Montelimar, France
2004 Personal exhibition / Moulin de Lourmarin - Lourmarin, France
2001 Group exhibition / Chapel of Mirmande - Mirmande, France
1999 Corporate Patronage 18 months / Company - Valence, France
1998 Los Angelès / private exhibition - Los Angelès, USA
1996 Sponsored exhibition - Patronage / Private company - St Rémy de Provence, France
1994 Personal exhibition / Espace Bleu - Paris, France
1994 Galerie / art gallery Réflexion - Geneva, Switzerland
1993 Art Gallery / Galerie Réflexion - Geneva, Switzerland
1993 Eaux / Espace Gard - Paris, France
1992 Art Gallery / Art Hélios - Aix en Provence, France
1991 Art Gallery / Espace Bleu - Paris, France
1990 Private exhibition / Parisian shop - Paris, France
1990 Art Gallery / Le Castellan - Rémoulins, France
1989 Art Gallery / Galerie J Thouart - Paris, France
1988 Corporate Patronage 1 year / Cinna Boutique - Lyon, France
1988 Personal exhibition / Boutique Cinna - Lyon, France
1984 Patronage collector 1 year / Private Space - Lyon, France
1984 Salon d'Automne
1984 / Salon d'Automne - Paris, France
1980 Young Painters' Salon / Town Hall - Aix les Bains, France Group exhibitions
2005 Biennale Internationale Design / Parc des Expositions - St Etienne, France
2004 Art Exhibition / Brunel's Old Station - Bristol, United Kingdom
1998 May English / no memory - Hong-Kong, China
1996 Gallery / The Glass Horse - Brussels, Belgium
2017 Singulart - Magazine- Interview with Philippe Bietry
2008 Private collection, Canada
2001 Private collection, United Kingdom
1988 Private collection, Switzerland