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Aubervilliers (93), France
For about ten years now, I have been creating paintographies. As its name suggests, a paintography is a mixture of painting and photography.
From photography, I keep the initial shot, an essential and unavoidable basis for the work to come. I also retain, despite all the successive manipulations carried out afterwards on the computer, the precision, finesse and plastic quality that certainly distinguish it from painting other than hyper-realistic. However, a paintography is not a photograph, it is a plastic construction that raises doubts in the eyes, that raises the question of the nature of the image that is offered to the eyes of the spectators. What part of the work was captured by the objective, what part recreated by the software work, what part brought by the acrylic glazes?
Layers, layers, stacks: despite its extreme readability, a paintography is a complex construction, based on a succession of screens. The fabric or skin never appears naked, they are always covered by a material that is as much a screen as it is a body with them. This matter is itself obscured by squares that seem either to detach from it or to deepen within it; by evoking the pixels at the base of any digital image, these squares remind us that this matter is a decoy, that it is virtual. And yet, in the works in mixed technique, it is precisely these squares that appear in relief on the surface of the canvas, in a strange transparent materiality...
2019 : Solo show "The Queen and the Dancer in the Dark", galerie Septentrion, Marcq-en-Baroeul / "Art Up !" fair with galerie Pandem’art, Grand Palais, Lille
2018: "MacParis" exhibition, Bastille Design Center, Paris / "Artmuc" exhibition, Munich, Germany / Art Montpellier Fair
2017: "Puls’Art" exhibition, 25th edition, Le Mans / "Carte blanche à Transfiguring" exhibition, L’Arrivage gallery, Troyes
2016: Group exhibition, DZD Gallery, Roermond, Holland / "Art Up! "with U Own Gallery, Grand Palais, Lille / Collective exhibition "Transfiguring", Olivier Waltman Gallery, Paris
2015 : Collective exhibition "Les 20 ans d’Artnet", Begnins, Switzerland
2014 : Fair "Fotofever", Carrousel du Louvre, Paris / Solo show "Paintographies", Galerie Manufacture 45, Rouen
2013 : Salon "Balt’Art - L’Art et le Grand Paris 2013", Nogent-sur-Marne
2012 : Solo show "Figures²" at Atelier 40, Paris
2011 : Solo show "Digital Absurdities" at Atelier 40, Paris
2010 : Solo show "Body matters" at Atelier 40.
2009: Solo show "Paris - London - Milano", 243 Galerie Ephémère, Paris
2008: Solo show "Da Vinci Fraud Project", La Loge de la Concierge, Paris
2007: Solo show "Abstraction/Pétrifications", Live Gallery, Paris