Laurent Dauptain Exhibition

Axelle Fine Arts

poster for Laurent Dauptain Exhibition

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Self-portraiture is demanding for many, especially for those who use the genre to ask fundamental questions of themselves and of the spectator. It is even more demanding when it becomes a full-time occupation, as it is for Laurent Dauptain. Although he periodically escapes his obsession, painting powerful landscapes, he quickly returns, driven by the need to continually confront himself.

From his formative years, Dauptain has always painted self-portraits, including nudes; but since attempting a very oversized representation of his face, his art changed direction. Simultaneously with the increased size of his self-portraits, a new technique emerged, in which the contours of the face were no longer due to variations in shade and tone, but where the whole spectral palette was applied in an increasingly bold and dynamic fashion to achieve unexpected yet effective results. An explosion of brush strokes combine to create the facial features and define the quality of the contours.

Laurent Dauptain was born on March 25, 1961. A graduate of the Paris School of Fine Arts (1981) and the School of Decorative Arts (1983), he gained a master's degree in Aesthetics in 1984. Since 1981, he has exhibited constantly and received numerous awards for his work, the most recent of which include the Grand Prix of the Salon des Peintres de l'Armée (2003), the Taylor prize (2001), and the gold medal of the Salon des Artistes Français (1997).



from November 06, 2008 to December 10, 2008

Opening Reception on 2008-11-06 from 18:00 to 21:00

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