John Bacon, Fred Couprie, Carla Kleekamp, Lieve Ophalvens, Kerstin Kager, Jean-Marc La Roque,
Rine Philbin, David Whitfield, Ian Kingsford-Smith, Danisa Glusevic, Marlo Sarmiento, Moufida
Bouamari, Fulvio Tornese, Serenella Sossi, Alissa Thor …
1 – 14 February, 2023
PARIGI – 15 Rue Saint Bernard
dedicated to the slow life and travel focuses on the gallery’s new Artistic, Cultural and Ecological Transition for 2022.
The theme is to propose works by artists who express what the word “TransitionS” in every aspect means for the artist.
The exhibition will be held in the Paris gallery near the Bastille together with some special events during the exhibition days.
For more information, please contact the gallery: +39 351 5499625 / +39 339 4871980 or: firstname.lastname@example.org
Born in the N. East of England attended Sunderland College of Art before moving to Manchester where he exhibited in city art galleries and Illustrated books by such authors as Steinbeck and Robert Graves. To maintain artistic and financial independence he worked as a land surveyor which took him to work in Africa and Middle East, later to become a psychiatric nurse manager before taking early retirement and move to live permanently In New Aquitaine in France. Since then works have been exhibited in USA, England, and most European countries, Austria, Spain, Germany etc.,most predominantly in Italy, as well as being published in many art books and periodicals. The present work in the exhibition is as always for paintings, untitled to allow the viewer full range to interpret the imagery according to their own imagination, the subject matter in a figurative style to allow a way ‘into’ the painting and there to wander amongst as many interpretative ideas as may be presented.
Jean-Marc La Roque
was born in Cherbourg, a seaport in Normandy, north west France. He has worked as a professional photographer for the last 35 years and has lived in Melbourne since the late 70’s” Jean Marc is an award winning photographer and has extensive experience in the Asia- Pacific region. He has specialised in large scale industrial, shipping and architectural photography and has been very successful in commercial photography. Many large scale works have been commissioned by clients in Australia and Internationally for corporate offices and private homes. Jean Marc has received numerous international photography awards and has also exhibited in New York, Paris, Florence, Milan and Melbourne.
In relation, I could say that nature is ready to enter my art, with a character, perhaps less symbolic, I would like to express natural phenomena and their impact or how they could be formed in painting or color. I am also in the process of changes and searches in shapes and spaces. For me the transition comes with an approach to nature, and its relationship with the human being and his body. Also in this case, animals are part of a system where they are integrated and suffer the consequences of climatic problems and phenomena.
“Sometimes, even often, life is not easy. But always there is a light and hope at the other side”
Fred Couprie (1948 -2017), peintre-artiste Hollandais, a été fait ses études de l’Art à KABK (Académie Royale des Beaux-arts) à la Haye (Den Haag). Après ces études achevées, il est devenu professeur de l’art dans un lycée. Pendant l’année 1977-1978 il a vécu en Italy dans un petit village près de Rome. C’était une période très créateur, de nombreux dessins ont quitté son atelier. Bien qu’il a continué travailler comme peintre artiste, éduquer les jeunes étudiants aux arts est devenu la partie la plus importante de sa vie quotidienne. Jusqu’à 2011: il a commencé de peindre, chaque jour, toute la journée, l’huile a toile. C’est devenu une quête à des images fortes d’hommes et de femmes dans des situations inhabituelles. Figuratives mais pas réalistes. Les peintures de cette dernière période sont le résultat d’une recherche approfondie sur un thème social et historique de l’art. L’homme joue un rôle de premier plan dans un entourage associatif. Les images sont rêveuses et en même temps ont une menace en eux. Ou pas? Les techniques utilisées sont en équilibre et l’écriture est très habile.
The painted life size heads reference Egyptian funerary masks from the beginning of the Middle Kingdom. Kingsford-Smith follows this historical approach by moulding the heads from papier-mache and takes a further step by painting one half in a traditional manner and the other half with an expressionistic interpretation. This juxtaposition of the old and new creates a dissonance which allows the viewer to play an active role in contemplating their own spirituality. The painted hands have an association with the votive hands found in the western provinces of the Roman empire between the 2nd and 3rd century A.D. The series of wood engravings and linocuts illustrate the relationship between the living and the dead and the diverse dimensions of human experience. A number of the linocuts reference the current global pandemic and the isolation and suffering that it has imposed on individual lives. One linocut references Edvard Munch’s The Sick Child (1907) placing in the context of a modern hospital intensive care unit.
A blue sea star (Linckia laevigata) cascades through the water column around Verde Island, Puerta Galera, Philippines, after being discarded from a passing fishing boat as bycatch. I was SCUBA diving at the time and saw flickers and shadows in my peripheral vision, and was able to capture several images as it tumbled clumsily from the surface to the darker waters below. I particularly enjoy this image because it captures the gradations of blue from shallow to deep, punctuated by the blast of blue from the sea star. It eventually disappeared into the abyss, and hopefully settled onto the sea floor to begin its journey back to shallower waters where it normally lives.
My work consist mainly of etchings, collages, water paintings, nijimi and drawings. The making of these is for me possibility to express my deepest feelings. In my work, the pure line remains for me the most important medium. Both a scholarship for a visit to Japan and lessons of a Chinese teacher have been very helpful in this aspect. The questions about the truth of images, news, is for me a continuous effort to express, my own vision in themes that concern me. Which values, of me and others, define our interpretation of reality. The human standard is based on interests, money, and I try to express the consequences of these in my work. Most of the themes in my work are focused on the continuous suppression and exhaustion of nature by human beings. The effect of our overbearing economy-Thomas Rau has daily consequences, which we can see and feel, climate change, plastic soup, fine dust, disappearing of the Bio Diversity.
TransitionS the bridge. In this artwork you see a bridge which is the symbol of transition from a state to another. The name „Bridge of peace“ is for the which to change the state from war into the state of peace.
After the success of the FOCUS PARIS #1 series of exhibitions that were held by Monteoliveto Gallery at the end of 2021 at our Monteoliveto Gallery Ephémère in the heart of Paris, near the Opéra Bastille, we are back for a new Parisian artistic month !
The full month of February 2023, Monteoliveto Gallery will retake place at the 15 rue Saint-Bernard in Paris to present two new exciting exhibitions !
Welcome to FOCUS PARIS #2 !
During all the month we will have different art events dedicated to art and the discovery of the artworks done by our artists ! Two openings, special events, meet the artist’s events and much more that will create a full artistic program to attract all kinds of art lovers !
The first of this events is dedicated to the transformation of our world, the ones we are “enduring” and the one the world is desperately in need…that’s why the title is, simply…TransitionS
In fact the transformation is not unique, there are multiple possible transitions that are worth exploring, especially in the artistic, cultural, social and ecological domain. In this dynamic the exhibition will turn around works by international artists which express what the word “Transition” in any aspect means for them and what would be the transition we need the most in their opinion.
The exhibition will also be part of the general trend chosen by Monteoliveto Gallery to define its events in this year and in the next, the ecological, cultural and artistic Transition that we desperately need, any day a little bit more !
We wait for you from the 1st to the 14th of February 2023 at the Monteoliveto Gallery Ephémère in Paris to present you the new works of our artists that will make you discover all the kinds of transitions that our world can offer !
Some photos of the past editions.