PEINTURE EN BÂTIMENTS ET
AUTRES JOLIS CAILLOUX…
November 8 – December 14, 2013
Two years ago, when first exhibiting at Galerie d’(A), Eric Martinet claimed that painting had made its way into his work by «breaking in», as an extension of the numerous drawings kept in his sketchbooks. Today, painting is at the heart of his thought process, «as though coming to the rescue of drawing». It is a medium that allows him to distance himself from «a realism that could only offer anecdotes» by approaching reality through a wave of brilliant colours. Like a screenplay director, he assembles and opens up dialogues between build-ings, mountains and changing skies.
Eric Martinet goes to the heart of the matter; he subjects space and object to painting by dematerialising them. Monuments are reduced to a few recognisable elements, and backgrounds are emphasised with solid blocks of bold, shimmering colour.
Meanwhile, the sketchbooks continue to pile up. Repositories for the initial spark of inspiration, they supply the life blood for paintings and prints in a state of cheerful confusion, and can even some-times be found enclosed in a frame… Like that one, which, while affirming its status as a precious object, ironically flanks the canvases it accompanies in The Conquest of the West. Born in 1962 in Vallorbe (Switzerland), Eric Martinet graduated from the Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (Lausanne Cantonal School of Art). From 2004 to 2009, he was Chairman of the Vaud section of the visual arts association Visarte (Switzerland). In 2011, he founded the association «Vie Art Cité» and is in charge of its publications. This association focuses on promoting the activities of the art world in French speaking Switzerland in all its forms: architecture, fine and visual arts, opera, music and the art and profession of writing books. He is a member of Visarte Vaud and also teaches at the Gymnase de Chamblandes secondary school and at Eracom (The arts of communication school for French-speaking Switzerland). He lives in Lausanne.
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