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Paris (75), France
Buddhas, flowers and Mickey Mouse heads… at first glance, they may not seem to have anything in common. And yet… Olivier Morel stages his favourite subjects, sometimes combining them, and most frequently in a square format. The result of these linocut artworks is colourful, pop and fun!
Plastic artist Oliver Morel expresses himself primarily through painting, drawing and engraving but also practices photography and video-making. He exhibits his work in France and abroad in art galleries and art centres.
Alongside his career as an artist, he has published a number of albums for young people. He also runs Artkids, a workshop for children, in his own studio, and set up the Iki Artstudio, which offers internships and artistic support. He taught plastic arts at the Atelier de Sèvres in Paris for nineteen years.
The themes addressed in Olivier Morel's work are resolutely contemporary and cover a wide spectrum. Looking closely at the world of today (the Nouveau Monde series), he tackles not only a number of current affairs subjects, such as globalisation, terrorism and global warming (the series 1000 Nuits) but also more contemplative subjects (Forêts) inspired by Eastern philosophy.
1994: DNSAP graduate from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris.
2018: Solo Show "Forests" - Maison des Arts (Plessis-Robinson); Solo Show "La rée vers l’or" - 13 rue Réaumur (Paris)
2017: "10|10" Mondapart Gallery (Boulogne-Billancourt) anniversary exhibition
2016 : "Sciences-Fictions" - Espace Saint-Sauveur (Issy-les-Moulineaux) - co-curator and exhibitor; Solo Show, Galerie Jaeschke (Braunschweig, Germany); Market Street - Espace Landowski (Boulogne-Billancourt)
2015: Solo Show "Qui peut démêler ce lacis", Red Zone Gallery (Geneva); Solo Show "Nouveau Monde", Expression d’Aujourd’hui Gallery (Paris); Solo Show Gallery Kruse (Flensburg, Germany); Traces - 7th Biennale de l’Estampe de St-Maur.
2014: Solo Show "1001 nuits", Centre d’Art Contemporain, l’Orangerie (Cachan)
2013: Solo Show "Le peintre-archer", Red Zone Gallery (Geneva); Solo Show "Nouveau Monde", Mondapart Gallery (Boulogne-Billancourt).
2012: Solo Show at the Albert Chanot Centre d’Arts Plastiques (Clamart).
2011: "Female object / Female subject", CAC de Meymac.