RENAUD DELORME | DE MEDICIS GALLERY

🖍Born in Marseille in 1970, Renaud Delorme belongs to an emerging group of innovative artists working in France. The path of his artistic career might have been ordained at birth – he is a descendant of Adolphe Monticelli, one of the pioneers of French impressionism. After studying Plastic Arts at the renowned University Paris VIII, Delorme began exhibiting his work in individual and group shows in cities such as Paris, Antwerp and San Francisco. His exciting work has won several awards and can be found in numerous international collections.

What might appear to be an optical illusion at first glance turns out to be an intricate mosaic of shapes and colours upon closer inspection. Renaud Delorme works at the intersection of pop art, recycling art, and computer graphics – a stylistic synthesis that could not be more unconventional. Whether using tennis balls to artfully recreate the wavy hairstyles of film icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot or shaping Nastassja Kinski’s delicate face out of computer chips and keyboard fragments, Delorme’s Well Organized Muses stay true to their name. In an era of digital art, the French artist empowers everyday items and experiments with new forms of expression that strive to reach a balance between image and object.

🖍 Né en 1970 à Marseille, Renaud Delorme appartient à un collectif d’artistes français à la fois ambitieux et innovant. Il se pourrait que sa fibre artistique lui ait été transmise héréditairement, puisque son ancêtre maternel, Adolphe Monticelli, fut un précurseur de l’impressionnisme français. Après des études d’arts plastiques à la célèbre université Paris VIII Vincennes-Saint Denis, les premières expositions individuelles et collectives de Delorme s’ensuivent rapidement, à Paris, Anvers et San Francisco notamment. À l’heure actuelle, son œuvre très prometteuse est représentée dans de nombreuses collections internationales et lui a valu plusieurs prix.

Ce qui à première vue semble être une illusion d’optique, s’avère être en fait, en y regardant de plus près, une mosaïque sophistiquée de formes et de couleurs. Renaud Delorme travaille à la croisée du Pop art, du recyclage et du graphisme numérique – une synthèse de styles des plus originales. La série Well Organized Muses porte bien son nom : Delorme s’inspire avec habileté des sublimes chevelures de Marilyn Monroe et de Brigitte Bardot pour les reproduire ensuite avec des balles de tennis, ou recrée le fin visage de Nastassja Kinski à partir de puces informatiques et de fragments de claviers d’ordinateur. À l’ère du numérique, cet artiste français se tourne de préférence vers les objets. Il explore les nouveaux moyens d’expression artistique visant à traiter sur un pied d’égalité image et matière.


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.

PREFAB77

Prefab77 used to be a collective working out of Newcastle, and now one artist, Peter Manning represents the title. Number 77 in Prefab77 refers to the year of 1977, which was a very successful year for British celebrities in the arts field. They made a great impact on the British street art scene. Their work included giant paste ups that are almost as big as a three-storey building. Their works are an interesting blend of rock, punk with an ethnic African headgear, and other imagery with women in the center. Manning creates artwork that often has political and sometimes anti-establishment tone, but these images are beautiful and reveal a lot from the modern culture. His work is a dark world of money, fashion, music, and politics woven into a luxurious mixture of acrylic, spray paint, wheat paste, and varnish.

Manning started his career as a printmaker and designer for the Queen in the British Army. He worked as a designer for well-known fashion brands. His work was commissioned by brands like Converse, Gap, Hurley, NIKE, Keds, and Ride Snowboards. In 2011, he created the cover art for Dancing Backward in High Heels, which was the fifth and final studio album by American rock band New York Dolls from the 1970s.

PREFAB 77 | BELIEVE IN ANGELS  Mixed media - luxurious mix of hand paint, print and stencil - acrylic, gold ink, five layer stencil, spraypaint and gold paint on Acrylic Primed Cotton Duck artist quality canvas.  70 x 100 cm | 27 3/5 in x 39 2/5       

PREFAB 77 | BELIEVE IN ANGELS

Mixed media - luxurious mix of hand paint, print and stencil - acrylic, gold ink, five layer stencil, spraypaint and gold paint on Acrylic Primed Cotton Duck artist quality canvas.

70 x 100 cm | 27 3/5 in x 39 2/5 

 

 

KURAR

Kurar, tombe dans le graffiti dès la fin des années 90. Pendant 10 ans il va peindre, travaillant sur la 3D, le volume, et la couleur.. Au fil du temps et des expériences il va diversifier ses techniques, Graff, Vandale, Pochoir, Collage, pour ce concentrer sur le travail des pochoirs.

Au travers du pochoir et de son travail sur toiles, ce street artist traite des sujets actuels et nous pousse à prendre du recul sur notre vision de la société. Mélangeant univers ancien, et détails contemporain dans ces œuvres Kurar traite avec poésie, humour et provocation, des sujets sensibles comme la guerre, la religion, et la société de consommation.

L’utilisation et la représentation de l’enfance, est un des points récurent et une certaine « marque de fabrique » de Kurar. Il utilise brillamment ce symbole de l’innocence pour contraster avec l’aspect satirique et provocatrice de ces représentations.

Depuis une ascension en 2013, marqué par une exposition personnelle à la galerie Parisienne Onega, le street artist enchaine les expositions personnel et expose dans les galeries du monde entier, New york, Los Angeles, Genève, Dusseldorf, La Reunion, Bruxelles, Berlin, etc..

Entre cynisme et péosie, nostalgie et humour noir, il touche le public par la profondeur et la pertinence de ses messages.

Socilal Distortion I Acrylique on canvas I 130 x 89 cm 

Socilal Distortion I Acrylique on canvas I 130 x 89 cm 

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

BRUNO CATALANO

"Une valise, un homme. Il s'en empare, et se lance vers l'inconnu. Voyage volontaire vers un horizon qu'on embrasse et qu'on voudrait infini, ou voyage forcé, contraint par l'exil et la souffrance, en quête de liberté et guidé par la survie.

Le voyageur de Bruno Catalano est cet homme laissé à lui même, un homme propulsé dans l'infini du temps et de l'espace. Sa maison n'est plus qu'une valise et son être, progressivement, se dépouillera de tout ce qu'il croyait indispensable, de tout son moi si savamment construit par nos sociétés. Il n'est plus l'homme d'un monde, mais l'homme dans le monde, encore empreint de sa culture mais devenu fragile face à l'immensité. Sa quête ne se fera pas sans dommages.

Homme défragmenté, déstabilisé, dépouillé de ses repères, il marche vers son salut autant que vers sa perte. Tout sera désormais a réinventer. Ce voyageur s'échappe de lui même, à la rencontre de sa terre inconnue."

- Anne Maitre

BRUNO CATALANO DE MEDICIS GALLERY PARIS PLACE DES VOSGES

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.

JONTY HURWITZ

JONTY HURWITZ CREATES WORLD'S SMALLEST SCULPTURE ONLY FOR IT TO BE ACCIDENTALLY CRUSHED AS IT WAS BEING PHOTOGRAPHED

Jonty Hurwitz / De Medicis Gallery

An artist has created the world's smallest sculpture only for it to be accidentally crushed by a finger while being photographed. 

Jonty Hurwitz's creations are so tiny they can rest on a human hair and are the same size of an ant's head. Having spent months working on the pieces, the 45-year-old from Chichester, West Sussex, took them to a photographer to have them pictured under a microscope. But within minutes his work had been destroyed by the stroke of the lab technician's finger. 

The sculptures are believed to be the smallest representation of the human form ever created by man.  

The sculptures are believed to be the smallest representation of the human form ever created by man.  

I went off to have the original sculptures photographed so I found a laboratory with an electron microscope and the photographic technology,' said Mr Hurwitz. 

'The technician went to change the orientation and then for the next half an hour we were looking for the piece through the lens. Eventually I noticed there was a fingerprint exactly where the sculpture used to be and I was like "man you have just destroyed the smallest art pieces" ever made - I slightly freaked out.' 

The sculptures are less than 1mm tall and are produced via a process called nano-painting. They are too small to be seen with the naked eye so must be viewed and photographed under a microscope. Mr Hurwitz uses a 3D printing technology to produce them. 

Describing the process on his website, he said: 'The structure is created using a ground-breaking new 3D printing technology and a technique called Multiphoton Lithography. 

The sculptures are believed to be the smallest representation of the human form ever created by man.  

Mr Hurwitz has produced a number of nano sculptures using the same technology though the naked woman above is believed to have been the smallest.

'Ultimately these works are created using the physical phenomenon of two photon absorption. Art, literally created with Quantum Physics. This two photon absorption occurs only at the tiny focal point - basically a tiny 3D pixel (called a Voxel). 

'The sculpture is then moved along fractionally by a computer controlled process and the next pixel is created. Slowly, over hours and hours the entire sculpture is assembled pixel by pixel and layer by layer.'

You can find the full article of the Daily Mail 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