01/11/2006

Jean-Pierre Gonthier

Jean-Pierre Gonthier

Gonthier JP 002

He is literally obsessed by colours and considers them as human representations in his painting using dark red as well as a blue close to the Sicilian sky.

Born in 1956, the artist studied at the Art School of Liège and was granted by several prizes before participating to the Young Painting award in 1986.

As from that date his creations will be shown from Brussels to Düsseldorf and from Charleroi to München.

His own vision of the world is the one of an ordinary man and he paints the subjects so simply and easy to read that anyone can understand what he means.

He first painted home interiors sceneries but the walls were small compared to doors and windows.

He then looked at furniture opening the drawers containing a lot of things related to our way of living.

He observed the crowd walking in the streets with no clear destination and the visitor of the exhibition will wonder why.

Cars are going through in full speed but the crowd is closing around like a curtain does. He looks at men and women and half size painted human beings reveal just the half of the mystery and the faces also if well painted remain mysterious.

Next to the streets, a canvas reveals the legs of a girl passing by or a young man cycling. It is like the result of a camera work, just taking snapshots but with the artistic sensibility a camera will never have.

Words or sentences are sometimes written around the canvas; the artist doing so underlines the strength of his palette made of colours suggesting a happy time including when they are about daily problems.

Anita NARDON

Galerie Albert Ier,
rue de la Madeleine 45,
1000 Brussels
phone 02 512 19 44

From Oct 20 to Nov 8, 2006
Tuesday to Saturday from 1 pm to 7 pm
Sunday from 11am to 1 pm



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