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Ivan Messac

Born in 1948 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Ivan Messac is a French painter and sculptor born in Caen in March 1948.

Although he is younger than the artists of the Narrative Figuration, Ivan Messac is associated to the movement and he is featured in the show Mythologies quotidiennes at the Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, in 1977.

Ivan Messac takes part in numerous artistic events such as the Paris Biennial or Sigma in Bordeaux. He also produces sets and costumes for performances. His work is inspired by pop art, Italian futurism, Maïakovski but also by Jimi Hendrix and Hollywood icons.

After painting, sculpture becomes his favorite medium in which he works and experiments. He works in Carrara and creates his own personal style, starting from his first sculptures produced in 1983. Alain Monvoisin writes an article about his work in the Dictionnaire de la sculpture moderne et contemporaine (Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Sculpture) published in November 2008.

The many public commissions he received allowed him to develop his practice. In 2000 he returns to painting, and he resumes the critical vision that he used to display in his youth works.

Since 2003, his work has been featured by various institutions dedicated to Narrative Figuration, such as the Dôle and Orléans Museums; in 2006 he had a solo show at the Laurent Strouk Gallery, entitled Adam & Eve.

One of these works is now a part of the FNAC (the French National Fund for Contemporary Art) collection. Messac plays with humor with the image of the first couple, displayed with a mastery of the color, of the movement and of the material. The weak woman and the easily influenced man are shown in this painting with looks and postures that remind us of the flamboyant star couples that often end up meeting tragic fates.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO & GROUP SHOWS


2014
"Espace 2D", Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris (France)

2013
"From me To You", Villa Tamaris, La Seyne-sur-Mer (France)

2010
"Hommage à Maïakovski", La Maison Elsa Triolet-Aragon, Saint Arnoult en Yvelines (France)
"Zoo mio", Galerie JCM Billy, La Baule,
Mazel Galerie, Brussels (Belgium)

2009
"œuvres 2004/2009", Espace Jacques Villeglé, Saint-Gratien (France)
"Le futur a 100 ans" CIPM, Marseille (France)
"Crazy Legs", Villa Tamaris, La Seyne-sur-Mer (France)
"Peintures et sculptures des années 80", Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg (Grand Duché du Luxembourg)
Domaine de Lescombes, Eysines (France)

2008
"Pessoa est un autre", Galerie Antonio Prates, Lisbon (Portugal)
"My generation", Galerie Laurent Strouk, Paris (France)
"Messac", Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Saint-Etienne (France)


2007
“Histoire d’amour”, Galerie Confluence(s), Lyon (France)
“Œuvres récentes”, Centre d’art Louis Lumière, Hénin Beaumont (France)
“C’est dans la boîte” Domaine Galuval, Cairanne (France)
École d’Art Gérard Jacot, Belfort, “Œuvres sur papier 1967-2006”
Galerie Orel art, Paris, “Le grand écart, hommage à V. Maïakovski”

2006
“Regarder et être vu”, Galerie le Garage, Orléans (France)
“Adam & Eve” Galerie Laurent Strouk, Paris (France)

2005
“ Impression Prime-Time ”, Galerie Laurent Strouk, Paris (France)

2004
Galerie Hervé Lourdel (France)
“ Carton plein ”, Espace Château Neuf (France)
“ Clic-clac 3D ”, Galerie Laurent Strouk, Paris (France)

2003
Galerie Métropolis, Lyon (France)
Centre d'Art Contemporain Passages, Troyes (France)
Bibliothèque de la Villa Tamaris, La Seyne-sur-Mer (France)

2001
Villa Tamaris, La Seyne-sur-Mer “ les années narratives ” (France)
Studio d'Arte La Subbia, Pietrasanta“ Carta Pesta, marmo pesto ” (Italy)
Galerie Hervé Lourdel, Paris “ De toutes les couleurs ” (France)

2000
Maison Française, Washington-DC, "Drawings & Sculptures" (USA)
Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Virginie, "Fabric sculptures & charcoal drawings" (USA)

1999
Moments Artistique, Paris," Pièces d'appartement" (France)

1998
Orangerie des Musées, Sens, "Sculpture pour Aronta" (France)

1996
Espace Lumière, Hénin-Beaumont (France)

1994
Centre d'Art Le Carré St Vincent, Orléans (France)

1993
Galerie 15, Paris (France)

1992
Centre d'Art CREDAC, Ivry-sur-Seine (France)
Galerie de l'Ancien Collège, Châtellerault (France)
Galerie de l’École des Beaux-Arts, Cherbourg (France)
Galerie Catherine Mayeur, Brussels (Belgium)

1990
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Joliette, Québec (Canada)

1989
Galerie J.C. Aguas Ek'ymose, Bordeaux (France)
Musée Régional de Rimouski, Québec (Canada)

1988
Galerie Trajectoire, Biarritz (France)
Pavillon Mont-Royal, Montréal, Québec (Canada)

1987
Galerie J. & J. Donguy, Paris (France)

1981
Galerie L'Ollave, Lyon (France)

1980
Galerie Montesquieu, Agen (France)
Centre d'Art Le Parvis, Tarbes (France)

1977
Conservatoire National d'Art Dramatique, Paris (France)

1976
Sigma 12, Bordeaux (France)

1975
Galerie Sirio, Roma (Italy)
CRACAP, Chalon-sur-Saône (France)
Maison de la Culture, Amiens (France)
Galerie Noire, Paris (France)

1974
Galerie Liliane François, Paris (France)
Galerie Alvarez Dois, Porto (Portugal)
Maire de Sallaumines, Sallaumines (France)

1973
Galerie Ratié, Paris, "Le noble art" (France)

1971
Brown Thomas Gallery, Dublin (Ireland)

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