Gérard Garouste

Born in 1946 - France


Gérard Garouste was born in Paris. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris from 1965 to 1972 in the atelier of Gustave Singier. It was there he discovered Duchamp. Around this time, he created several works of scenography for his friend, author and director Jean-Michel Ribes, notably for the productions of Il faut que le Sycomore coule and Jacky parady. In 1977, he presented at the Palace theater Le Classique et l'Indien, a show he wrote, directed, and decorated for. He would stay with the Palace until 1982 as a scenographer and painter.

In 1980, he had his first art show at the Durand-Dessert gallery, showing figurative, mythological, and allegorical paintings. This show brought him national recognition, and then, international. His first international show took place in New York in 1982 at the Holly Solomon Gallery. Others followed, such as those at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York and in Sperone, Italy. He was the only French artist to be invited to the Zeitgeist at Berlin. Institutional recognition came in 1987, at the CAPC of Bordeaux (Centre d'arts plastiques contemporains de Bordeaux), where he presented a combination of oils on canvas and acrylics on homespun, and then at the Fondation Cartier.

Garouste has executed works and decorations for various endeavors: paintings for the Élysée Palace, sculptures for Évry Cathedral, the ceiling of the theater at Namur, and for the church of Notre-Dame de Talant, stained glass. In 1989, he did the curtain for the Théâtre du Châtelet.

An important step for Garouste was the founding in 1991 of the association The Source, which sets itself the task of helping culturally underprivileged young people to achieve personal development through artistic expression.

He received an order in 1996 for a monumental work for the National Library of France mixing painting and wrought iron. Sculpture and engraving were attracting him more and more, as well as illustration for all sorts of writings, from Don Quixote to the Haggadah.

In 2001, he presented at the Fondation Cartier Ellipse, an arrangement of canvasses mounted on a construction of his own design.

Since 2001, he has been represented by the Daniel Templon Gallery.

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1988 : Gérard Garouste au Musée national d'art moderne, Paris.
2001 : Ellipse à la Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris.
2002 : Kézive ou la ville mensonge, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
2003 : Saintes ellipses à la Chapelle Saint-Louis de la Salpêtrière, Paris.
2004 : Portraits, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
2005 : La Coupole au Panthéon, Paris
2006 : L'Anesse et la Figue, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
2008 : La Bourgogne, la famille et l'eau tiède, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
2009 : Le Murex et l'Araignée, Hôtel de Ville, Aubusson
2009 : Le Classique et l’Indien, Grandes Galeries, Atelier Balthus, Villa Médicis, Rome
2010 : Gérard Garouste et les enfants de La Source, Musée de Louviers, Louviers
2011 : Gérard Garouste et La Source, Carré Sainte Anne, Montpellier
2011 : Walpurgisnachtstraum (Songe d'une nuit de Walpurgis), Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
2011 : Gravures et Lithographies, Galerie Eva Doublet, Saint-Georges-du-Bois
2014 : Contes ineffables, galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
2015 "En chemin" exposition à la Fondation Maeght du 27 juin au 29 novembre 2015

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