"L’ultra moderne solitude de Jean Claracq", ARTE

Peintre français trentenaire, Jean Claracq est à rebours de son époque, ce qui lui permet paradoxalement de la mettre si bien en scène dans ses toiles. Il aime plus que tout prendre son temps, mais pour dépeindre des personnages absorbés par les réseaux sociaux et leur culture de l’instantanéité. Ses toiles miniaturisées lui demandent une grande minutie. Elles sont souvent peintes à l’huile sur bois plutôt que sur toile, qui se conserve très bien, à la différence des images piochées sur le net dont il s’inspire pour ses œuvres figuratives. On pense à David Hockney, à Edward Hopper ou à un film de Michelangelo Antonioni.

Interview of Jean Claracq about the creation of the official poster by Jean Claracq | Roland-Garros 2021

↑ Vue d'exposition, Jean Claracq, 2021, Galerie Sultana, © Romain Darnaud
↑ Jean Claracq, Dikhotomia, 2021, Huile sur bois / Oil on wood, © Romain Darnaud
↑ Jean Claracq, Dikhotomia, 2021, Huile sur bois / Oil on wood, © Romain Darnaud
↑ Vue d'exposition, Jean Claracq, 2021, Galerie Sultana, © Romain Darnaud
↑ Jean Claracq, Kilim, 2021, Oil on wood / Huile sur bois, 16 x 15 cm / framed 18,5 x 17,5 cm, © Romain Darnaud
↑ Jean Claracq, Animal studies from a notebook, 2021, Huile sur bois / Oil on wood, 24,6 x 22 cm / Framed 26,5 x 24 cm, © Romain Darnaud
↑ Exhibition view, Jean Claracq, Sultana Gallery, 2020 © Romain Darnaud
↑ Jean Claracq, Mausolée, 2021, Huile sur bois / Oil on wood, 45 x 52,3 cm / Framed 46,7 x 54 cm, © Romain Darnaud
↑ Jean Claracq, Mausolée, 2021, Huile sur bois / Oil on wood, 45 x 52,3 cm / Framed 46,7 x 54 cm, © Romain Darnaud
↑ Exhibition view, Mascunility, 2020
↑ Jean Claracq, Dans les bois, 2020, tempera on paper, 23x27 cm framed
↑ Jean Claracq, Waiting Line, 2020, Tempera on paper, 39 x 30,4 cm framed
↑ Exhibition view, La Hardiesse, La FAB, 2020
↑ Jean Claracq, Monument to the Vanquished, 2019, Huile sur toile / Oil on wood, 21 x 18cm
↑ Exhibition view, J'aime je n'aime pas, Eigen Plus Art Gallery, 2020
↑ Exhibition view, J'aime je n'aime pas, Eigen Plus Art Gallery, 2020
↑ Jean Claracq, Déjeuner sur l'Herbe, 2021, Huile sur bois / oil on wood, 50x56,6 cm
↑ Jean Claracq, Jérémie and Léo, 2020, Huile sur toile / oil on canvas, 24 x 19,1 cm
↑ Exhibition view, Open Space #7 Jean Claracq, Fondation Louis Vuitton, 2020
↑ Exhibition view, Open Space #7 Jean Claracq, Fondation Louis Vuitton, 2020
↑ Exhibition view, Open Space #7 Jean Claracq, Fondation Louis Vuitton, 2020
↑ Exhibition view, Open Space #7 Jean Claracq, Fondation Louis Vuitton, 2020
↑ Exhibition view, Open Space #7 Jean Claracq, Fondation Louis Vuitton, 2020
↑ Exhibition view, Umbilicus, 2019, Galerie Sultana, © Aurélien Mole
↑ Jean Claracq, zinchenko-dima, 2019 Oil on wood, concrete framed, 14,4 x 22 x 5,4 cm
↑ Jean Claracq, Narcisse, 2019, Huile sur toile / Oil on wood, 15 x 19,5 cm
↑ Jean Claracq, zinchenko-dima, 2019 Huile sur toile / Oil on wood, concrete framed, 14,4 x 22 x 5,4 cm
↑ Jean Claracq, Paradise, 2019, Huile sur bois / oil on wood, 27,7 x 27,7 x 3 cm
↑ Jean Claracq, CENZUB, 2019, Huile sur bois / oil on wood, 34,2 x 28 x 3 cm
↑ Jean Claracq, Spruce Tree, 2018, Huile sur bois / oil on wood, 28,1 x 34,2 x 3 cm
↑ Jean Claracq, Resort, 2019, Huile sur bois et cadre en béton / oil on wood and concrete frame, 13,7 x 16 x 2,5 cm
↑ Exhibition view, Mais pas du tout, c'est platement figuratif! Toi tu es spirituelle mon amour!, Jousse entreprise, 2019
↑ Exhibition view, Futur Of Love, 2019, Magasins Généraux
↑ Exhibition view, Artagon, 2018, Magasins Généraux
↑ Exhibition view, Artagon, 2018, Magasins Généraux
↑ Exhibition view, Artagon, 2018, Magasins Généraux
GALLERY SHOWS:

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13 Feb 2021 — 13 Feb 2021

BIO:

Jean Claracq (born in 1991 Bayonne, France), lives and works in Paris. In 2017 he received his MFA from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris. In 2018 he won the 2eme prix Antoine Marin and the Prix de peinture Roger Bataille. His first solo museum exhibition took place at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris, in 2020. The exhibition at the Sultana Gallery is the artist's first solo exhibition in a gallery.

Jean Claracq's painting could be described as painting from screens, as others once painted from nature. In his smooth canvases - which recall the brilliance of a glossy paper as well as the homogeneous light of the screen - the culture of images is omnipresent. He often references art history and traditional registers. His painting openly displays its relationship with photography, especially since he uses one of its most widespread channels of circulation: Instagram.
Painter of miniatures and icons, Jean Claracq pays attention to images down to the smallest details. His models come from social networks and are part of a gay, marginal or culturally different community but his paintings resonate with a thousand other scholarly references. He plays with the possible reading levels as a virtuoso and depicts with surgical precision our relationship to screens and solitude, in urban environments. Their subjects are solitary, silent and motionless, sitting in front of the computer screen. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, Claracq contributes to the dialogue between painting and digital art, one of the key phenomena in contemporary art in recent years.

Recent and past group exhibitions include: Solo Show, Galerie Sultana (2021), Open Space #7 Jean Claracq, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2020) Boys Don’t Cry, Le Houloc, Aubervilliers (2020), J’aime, je n’aime pas, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig (2020), Collection Agnès B, La FAB, Paris (2020), Umbilicus, Sultana, Paris (2019), "Les fleurs de l’été sont les rêves de l’hiver racontés le matin à la table des anges", Praz-Delavallade, Paris (2019), "Futures of Love", Magasins Généraux, Pantin (2019), « Mais pas du tout, c’est platement figuratif ! Toi tu es spirituelle mon amour! », Jousse Entreprise, Paris, FR (2019), Artagon IV, Heading East, Magasins Généraux, Paris, FR (2018), Felicità 18, Ecole Nationale Supérieur des Beaux-Arts de Paris, FR (2018), 100% Beaux-Arts, Grande Halle de La Villette, Paris, FR (2018).*

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Group Show. Le Houloc. Aubervilliers, France.
(https://www.lehouloc.com/expositions)
2 Jul 2020 — 2 Jul 2020

Solo Show. Fondation Louis Vuitton. Paris, France.
(www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr)
7 Mar 2020 — 7 Mar 2020

Group Show. Eigen Art. Leipzig, Deutschland.
(www.eigen-art.com)
29 Feb 2020 — 29 Feb 2020

Group Show. La FAB. Paris, France.
(la-fab.com)
2 Feb 2020 — 2 Feb 2020

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