Juan Miguel Palacios : Entre rêves et réalité

A l’âge de 6 ans, Juan Miguel est un garçon très hyperactif. Sa mère ne trouve pas de moyen de le canaliser, et décide de l’inscrire dans un cours de peinture en lui faisant croire qu’il s’agit d’un cours de karaté. Bien que déçu par le mensonge de sa mère, Juan Miguel Palacios est impressionné par les toiles, chevalets et accessoires de peinture présents dans la salle d’art et c’est à partir de ce moment-là qu’il trouve sa vocation.

Juan Miguel Palacios a effectué ensuite ses études à l’école d’arts décoratifs de Madrid « Amadeo Roca Gisbert » où il a travaillé pendant six ans. Cette période va fortement inspirer Juan Miguel Palacios dans chacune de ses créations.

Pour l’artiste, les murs cassés sont utilisés comme surface, sur laquelle la peinture vient fusionner afin de donner des œuvres d’une puissance inouïe. Juan Miguel Palacios aborde les concepts de deuil, d’agitation et d’inégalité, ce qui lui permet d’explorer en profondeur les émotions propres à l’être humain.

DeMedicis Gallery a l’honneur d’exposer ses œuvres d’art au 18 Place des Vosges 

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MARIE ANGE DAUDÉ


MARIE ANGE DAUDÉ I DE MEDICIS GALLERY I GALERIE DE MEDICIS

Between chaos and rebirth, her works are a reflection of our environment, and perhaps even a reflection of us as well.
Born in 1964, this visual artist represents through her heckled portraits, broken and glued back together, fragile, reconstituted from nothing, the passing of time and make us deal with emotions that bring two beings

together.
Through the series « the timeless »made with feathers, staples, and pins, Marie Ange tries to revive old photos by applying contemporar y technology and by magnifying what is at first a simple material.
With the feather portraits held by thin threads, the artist explores the fragility and the melancholy of the moment. The feelings and the characters that emerge are thus like the feathers that makes them up: suspended, frozen in a fall or a whirlwind, both eternal and motionless. Femininity is exacerbated by the lightness and the fragility of the medium.

ISABELLE SCHELTENS

DISTANCE CREATES BEAUTY 

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Isabelle Scheltjens has put an original and contemporary touch on classical pointillism. She developed a new way of portrait making, whereby thousands of pieces of glass in specific patterns optically form an image. Pointillists used small, distinct dots of pure colour on their canvases, placed in close proximity so that they would blur into new colours. Isabelle applies a similar technique, using layers of coloured glass instead of paint. She immersed herself in the understanding of colour and creates her portraits with maniacal intensity – featuring intricate detail, lighting and shadows.

JUAN MIGUEL PALACIOS

Juan Miguel Palacios' journey started at the School of Decorative Arts of Madrid which gained him the opportunity to join the studio of renowned Spanish artist Amadeo Roca Gisbert for six years. These years were cruicial for Palacios' artistic flair and this training is visible in every artwork he creates.

Concepts such as mourning, restlessness and inequality are vital in Palacios' work as they allow him to explore a range of human emotions. His powerful and modern techniques involve almost abstract brushtrokes and a strong use of colour to create a feeling of decay and abandonment.

Driven by his search for new forms of expression, Juan Miguel Palacios created series such as Wounded, where the artist has used broken walls as the surface for his works. This technique has created an extra dimension in his work which he allows the viewer to dissect. His works blend reality with dreamlike worlds, with his subjects seeming to escape their two-dimensional invisible cages and become tangible parts of reality.

Canvas, vinyl, meth-acrylate, aluminium and drywall surfaces are where Juan Miguel Palacios presents his work.

 Title : Wounds LXXI  106 x 122 x 10 cm  Mixed media on clear vinyl and drywall

Title : Wounds LXXI
106 x 122 x 10 cm
Mixed media on clear vinyl and drywall

JESUS CURIA PEREZ

L’artiste espagnol travaille depuis plus de 25 ans la sculpture, où il nous invite à nous glisser dans un monde onirique. Le travail de Jesus Curia nous transmet une sensation de paisibilité, de profondeur et d’un équilibre certain. Un univers parallèle apparait devant nous, où des personnages hybride, avec une morphologie humaine à laquelle vient s’ajouter fréquemment des lignes droites et des formes géométriques. Sa sensibilité à l’espace et le monde qui nous entoure, lui permet de façonner ces œuvres d’une manière harmonieuse, en créant très souvent le sentiment de suspension des personnages dans le vide.

Les colonnes de Jesus Curia se caractérisent par le contraste qui se crée à partir de la pesanteur du bronze et la représentation de légèreté des sujets.

Nous retrouvons ainsi des enfants suspendus dans l’espace par un fil invisible, ou par une main bienveillante les empêchant de tomber. Plongés dans le jeu et l’amusement, ces enfants forment une colonne montante vers le ciel, avec une gravité inexistante. La douceur et la poésie sont au rendez-vous avec une œuvre qui nous invite à un voyage lointain dans des terres inexplorées.

Chaque colonne est unique, l’interaction et la position des personnages étant organisée de façon différente à chaque fois par les soins de l’artiste. La patine, qui varie également, vient sublimer ces êtres naïfs en constant équilibre.

DAVID GERSTEIN

ISRAELI ARTIST DISPLAYS CUT-OUT SCULPTURES

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Art by Israeli artist David Gerstein 

 Art by Italian artist David Gerstein [Photo provided to China Daily]

Art by Italian artist David Gerstein [Photo provided to China Daily]

 

Israeli artist David Gerstein, 73, loves observing small animals, especially butterflies whose beautiful colors and dancing amaze him. He also likes watching crowds of people that make him feel the energies of city life. Although he is not good at sports, he is fascinated with the grace which athletes demonstrate.

He transforms his affection for these things into cut-out sculptures, with series called Butterfly, Sports, Beach and Urban.

The series are now on show at Beijing's Today Art Museum, as part of his China debut exhibition titled Layers, through May 16. His paintings are also on display.

Early in his career, Gerstein was into painting, but gradually focused on sculpture in the 1980s, which he sees as adding a third dimension to his paintings.

For his cut-out sculptures, he cuts out shapes from metal plates, paints on them and layers them.

Describing his show, he says, "The exhibition (in Beijing) is (for me) the most important one in a decade. But it is not a retrospective. That time hasn't yet arrived."

You can find the full article here 

JONTY HURWITZ

“OBLIQUE” AND “CATOPTRIC”: ANAMORPHIC ARTWORKS BY JONTY HURWITZ

Jonty Hurwitz / De Medicis Gallery

The painting The Ambassadors (1533) by Bavaria-born artist Hans Holbein the Younger (c.1497–1543) occupies a special place in the history of Western art. It features Jean de Dinteville (French Ambassador to the court of Henry VIII of England) and Georges de Selve, Bishop of Lavaur (in southern France). Important elements include an Azerbaijanian rug and mathematical instruments like dials and quadrants. The artwork remains most famous, however, for a strange momento mori in the foreground, at the bottom – a human skull – tilted, contracted, stretched. Visible in its correct form only when seen from an oblique point of view. This is an example of “anamorphosis” – a distorted projection of an object that is set right when regarded from a specific perspective or when reflected on another surface.

 

The Ambassadors (1533) by Hans Holbien, Wikimedia Commons

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The skull in The Ambassadors, Wikipedia

It is believed that the practice goes back to Leonardo da Vinci. The Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan has a large collection of the Renaissance polymath’s notes. There, on folio 35 of the Codex Atlanticus, are two strangely elongated sketches of a child’s head and an eye. These distorted and hesitant drawings, the first known anamorphoses (c.1485) – along with Holbein’s painting – are the seeds of inspiration for Jonty Hurwitz (born 1969) – a London-based South African artist, engineer and entrepreneur, known for his scientifically inspired works. “Leonardo pushed the boundaries of his time by exploring how the observer’s perception is implicitly linked to the observation,” says Jonty. “My art uses Leonardo’s theories as a starting point.”

A member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, Jonty creates sculptures of both “Oblique Anamorphosis” and “Catoptric Anamorphosis”. The first requires a new angle of vision and the second, a reflecting surface like a steel cylinder. Jonty is also into nano technology and holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s smallest animal form – “Fragile Giant” (2015), a life-like sculpture of an elephant measuring 0.157mm in height.

  Jonty HURWITZ     |    The hand that caught me falling     | 50 x 50 x 50 cm | Bronze, wood & chrome

Jonty HURWITZ | The hand that caught me falling | 50 x 50 x 50 cm | Bronze, wood & chrome

David Gerstein

POP ART FOR THE PEOPLE: DAVID GERSTEIN’S HAPPY PALETTE

David Gerstein / De Medicis Gallery

Museums and galleries tend to abide by the “no touch” rule to safeguard the artworks they display. But Israeli contemporary artist David Gerstein encourages a hands-on approach, firmly believing that his creations are for the public and not for private collectors or curators.

“My philosophy is that art should touch life. It shouldn’t be something that you see once a year when you go to a museum,” Gerstein tells ISRAEL21c at his studio in the Bet Shemesh Industrial Zone.

There’s a pop-art feel to the everyday items he depicts in his multilayered wall sculptures, outdoor sculptures, paintings, prints, drawings and designed objects.

David Gerstein’s “Fifth Avenue” wall sculpture

“It’s my personal pop art. I’m not following Andy Warhol but I’m using the same feeling about the colors, about the popular images,” he explains. “It’s about speaking with the audience at eye level. My work is not a riddle. Many times I go to museums and see artworks that are vague. I want people to understand what I mean.”

The subject matter for his paintings and sculptures all comes from scenes in his past. “My memory of my mother riding a bike became the Tour de France wall sculpture,” he explains. “I’m not just inventing images. They’re all based on my memories.”

Gerstein has succeeded in bringing his universal language of playfulness, humor and optimism to the public-at-large in many countries.

“Peloton Wave,” done in 2014, is installed outside an athletic stadium inSinchu, South Korea. Photo courtesy of David Gerstein

His most famous work, an 18.35-meter-high painted steel outdoor sculpture called “Momentum,” is installed in Singapore’s central business district. “It became an icon,” he says.

“Momentum” in Singapore. Photo courtesy of David Gerstein

“My best works are outdoors because it’s in the public domain. I like people to experience it when they’re walking, driving, being part of the public. That gives me the most pleasure,” he says. “It talks with the environment, with the surrounding architecture. It’s my great experience, doing public works.”

Which of his works is his favorite? “My most favorite is the one I’m going to do,” Gerstein replies.“My mind is always thinking about the next creation.”

You can find the full article on the ISRAEL21c's website here

CRAIG ALAN

PEOPLE AS PIXELS PRODUCE PORTRAITS OF PEOPLE

Craig Alan / DeMedicis Gallery

 Audrey Hepburn by Craig Alan

Audrey Hepburn by Craig Alan

American artist Craig Alan creates portraits of Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy the Statue of Liberty and even Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast At Tiffany’s and Paris Hilton, like you’ve never seen them before. That’s because he uses people as pixels.

Of course, he’s not the only one who uses humans as visual pins to generate a mosaic. It happens in North Korea all the time (see image of the Mass Games in Pyongyang – a propaganda-filled synchronized performance done by 100,000 people by photographer Sam Gellman). But there is something about Alan’s work that combines the ability to see close up, and the big picture that feels more artistic and substantive.

 Photograph by Sam Gellman from the Mass Games in North Korea

Photograph by Sam Gellman from the Mass Games in North Korea

You can find the full article on the Five Thôt website here

Bruno Catalano

CES CORPS TROUÉS DE BRUNO CATALANO QUI INVITENT AU VOYAGE

Bruno Catalano / De Medicis Gallery

Le Pavillon M de Marseille accueille sur son parvis d'étranges personnages qui marchent dans les airs, une valise à la main. Ce sont les " Voyageurs" du sculpteur marseillais Bruno Catalano. Ils ont fait une pause pour MP13 jusqu'au 30 septembre, après cette date ils repartiront vers d'autres contrées.

Par Odile Morain

 Un "Voyageur" de Bruno Catalano admire la place Bargemon du Pavillon M   ©  France3 / Culturebox

Un "Voyageur" de Bruno Catalano admire la place Bargemon du Pavillon M

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"Les Voyageurs"  de Bruno Catalano sont un peu déchirés comme s'ils avaient laissé une part d'eux-mêmes de l'autre côté. A les voir avancer, comme suspendu par un fil invisible, une valise à la main, ces neuf personnages faits de bronze expriment à la fois la force et la fragilité de l'être humain. La matière compense le vide, la dignité des visages et les corps qui se penchent vers l'avenir invitent le passant de la place Bargemon à une rêverie solitaire. 

Marseille Provence 2013 "Les Voyageurs"  de Bruno Catalano au Pavillon M
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BRUNO CATALANO

BIZARRE STATUES DEPICTING "INVISIBLE" MEN THAT PLAY TRICKS ON THE EYE

Bruno Catalano / De Medicis Gallery

Ever feel like you've forgotten something? These people might.

The amazing sculptures pictured here look like they're missing vital organs. They are work of French artist Bruno Catalano who says the invisible bodies represent a world citizen.

 

Mr Catalano has been sculpting for 20 years and often works with others in an art foundry when making big sculptures.
 

Now living in Marseille, France, Mr Catalano and his daughter Emilie work to create masterpieces like these.

Made out of bronze, Mr Catalano starts the process by carving the characters from clay - and will then spend a further 15 days working on them.

Mr Catalano said: I felt that a part of me was gone and will never come back.

'From years of being a sailor, I was always leaving different countries and places each time and it's a process that we all go through.
 

You can find the full article on The Daily Mail website here

 



 

Craig Alan

CRAIG ALAN'S FAMOUS FACES IN A CROWD OR HOW INTRICATE ARTWORKS SEE BIG SCREEN STARS RECREATED IN PAINTINGS OF DOZENS OF TINY FIGURES

Craig Alan / De Medicis Gallery

Small people, big star: This portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Atlanta-based artist Craig Alan may look like an aerial photo, but is actually created with dozens of tiny painted figures.

Combining technical skill, creativity and wit, Craig portrays iconic faces, buildings and abstracts through dozens, sometimes hundreds of intricately painted, exquisite figures. Each distinctive piece is created in black and white with a touch of red on some of the more glamorous faces. In their own way, they reflect Craig’s highly recognisable take on life, where it is the small details that work together to create the big picture. 

Craig carefully plans and creates each tiny figure, all which have their own identity and personality which he has thought through to the finest details. In some of his extremely rare originals, he even goes as far as detailing each item of clothing on the individuals. His cast of characters include family members, friends and models, giving his work a uniquely personal touch. Each piece contains a range of 400 to 1,800 people in it depending on the type of work it is, and he spends anywhere from 50 to 150 working hours on one painting.

Now based in Atlanta, Craig was born in California, but his artistic talent began to emerge when his family moved south. His earliest experimentation took the form of street portraiture, an endeavour that helped him perfect his flair for replicating the human figure. He has exhibited his work across the United States and Europe at De Medicis Gallery Paris to great acclaim and is now making a significant impact on the UK market. He has a work of art hanging in the White House in Senator Reed’s office and his art was shown in Scope Miami 2014 “We are all part of something greater than ourselves, and if we work together we could achieve greater balance . . . not in a religious sense but rather a universal sense.”

The full article can be found on the The Daily Mail website here