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Philippe Croq

Born in 1961 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Philippe Croq, born in 1961 in Douarnenez started painting in 1991, after having worked in the aerospace industry. He lives and works in Marseille.

“After a serious illness, Philippe Croq gave up his career in the aerospace industry and dedicated his time to painting. At first it came from the necessity to cure his anguish and his trauma, and then his perspective started to widen, and he started to represent reality, at first his own memory and then his paintings gained a collective dimension.
He is a self-taught artist, but his work is inspired by rich cultural references that go, without any effort, from Caravaggio to Joy Division, from Manet to Coppola, but also Bacon, J. P.Witkin, Twombly ...

His childhood memories – photographs, objects, words -, but also the news, celebrities, songs, elements of the time and fashion, appear recurrently in his paintings. They are “expressed through painting”, they become shapes that produce other shapes. In his large format paintings, that the eye and the body can embrace in a 1:1 scale, images are born intuitively, almost automatically, as the painter tries to “let his hand work faster than his brain”. In the images he creates the form meets the word and the figure meets the phrase.

There is almost always ambiguity in the way these elements get together. The shapes are intentionally unclear, not perfect and the meanings are open, ambivalent, suggesting the state of the world as the artist perceives it: confuse, in movement, impenetrable.”

- C. Croq

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2013

exposition personnelle à la Galerie du Lézard dans le cadre de MP2013

2012
Galerie du Cardo, Reims, (France)

2011
Galerie FAE l’Atelier, Boulogne-Billancourt, (France)
Galerie "Le Salon français des Arts", Paris, (France)
Galerie Bernard Mourier / Galerie 22, Coustellet, (France)
exposition en duo 5 C Galopin) à la Galerie du Lézard

2010
Galerie Bernard Mourier, Saint Rémy de Provence, (France)
Galerie DX, Bordeaux, (France)

2009
Galerie Bernard Mourier, Saint Rémy de Provence, (France)
Galerie du Lézard, Aix-en-Provence, (France)

2008
Chapelle Saint-Jacques, Vendôme, (France)
Galerie Bernard Mourier, Saint Rémy de Provence, (France)
Galerie Gerard Philipe, La Garde, (France)
Galerie Marion de Cannière, Anvers, (Belgium)

2007
Show-room ODEGARD, Miami, (USA)
Maison de la Culture, Metz, (France)
Galerie FAE l’Atelier, Boulogne-Billancourt, (France)
Galerie Joëlle Possémé, Paris, (France)
Galerie Biondetta, Madrid, (Spain)

2006
Galerie du Lézard, Aix-en-Provence, (France)

2005
Espace Ecureuil, Marseille, (France)
Galerie du Lézard, Aix-en-Provence, (France)


2002
Galerie Emmanuelle Morin-Pitel, Paris, (France)
Galerie L’évènement, Vallauris, (France)

2001
Espace Loft, Lille, (France)
Espace Loft, Nice, (France)


1999
Galerie "Hôtel des Allégories", Nîmes, (France)
Espace Loft, Nice, (France)


1998
Clinique Haute Energie, Nice, (France)


GROUP SHOW

2011
Salon de Mai, Paris, (France)
Galerie du Lézard, Aix-en-Provence, (France)

2010
MAC PARIS, (France)
Salon de Mai, Paris, (France)
Salon Pulsart, Le Mans, (France)


2009
Galerie F.A.E. L'Atelier, Boulogne - Billancourt, (France)
Galerie Pierrick Touchefeu, Sceaux, (France)
Galerie L'Usine, Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, (France)
Galerie Suty, Coye-la-Forêt, (France)
Espace Rex, Le Pouliguen, (France)

2008
MAC2008, Paris, (France)
Galerie Chantal Mélanson, Annecy, (France)

2007
MAC2007, Paris, (France)
ARTENIM, Galerie Bernard Mourier, Nîmes, (France)

2006
MAC2006, Paris, (France)

2005
Espace LOFT, Nice, (France)

2002
Ferme des Arts, Vaison-la-Romaine, (France)
"L'Art et l'Euro", Nice, (France), Cologne, (Germany), Paris, (France)

2001
Galerie Emmanuelle Morin-Pitel, Paris, (France)
XVIIème Biennale de l'UMAM, Galeire des Ponchettes, Nice, (France)

2000
Art Jonction, Foire Internationale d'Art contemporain, Nice, (France)

1999
Metropolitan Art Museum, Pu San, (Corea)
ART JONCTION, Nice, (France)
Atelier 49, Vallauris, (France)
Royal Academy, London, (UK)
Salon de Montrouge, Paris, (France)
ART MIAMI, Miami, (USA)

1997
Espace d'Art contemporain Miramar, Cannes, (France)
Galerie d’Art Contemporain, Luxembourg, (Luxembourg)

1996
Forum Cannes Festival (F.I.F.), Cannes, (France)
"Rencontres Jeunes Plasticiens", La Garde, (France)
Chantier Naval Opéra, Antibes, (France)
Musée Raoul Dufy, Nice, (France)

1995
(XIVème Biennale de l’U.M.A.M.) - Nice, (France)
Maison des Artistes, Cagnes, (France)
Galerie Vecchio, Cannes, (France)
"Rencontres Jeunes Plasticiens", La Garde, (France)

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