Jacques Gorde // Venice & Crowds // September

From September, 2 to September, 30 2017


In September, Corps er âme Gallery presents Jacques Gorde.

The painter Nîmois, famous in several cities of France, Germany and the United States, was honored in 2014 during the summer exhibition of Pont-du-Gard. Died in 2009, he was also awarded the posthumous recognition of his hometown, since it is one of his works that was chosen for the poster of the feast of Nimes in 2010.

Inspired by what surrounds him, invested in what he creates, the expressionist artist has put his whole soul into his works since his 17 years, until his last breath. His style, particularly recognizable, lies between a figurative reality and a figurative abstraction.

In his work, he gives an important place to color and light, but his style is mostly marked by matter. His mania for working and reworking each painting until the last moment, by adding layers of paintings to each other, through the play of transparencies, creates shapes in relief on the canvas.

True guiding thread of his career, the silhouettes of Jacques Gorde do not always have origin. Sometimes African women stand out against a sandy background, sometimes colors, shapes and lights give free rein to imagination and interpretation.

Characters, not portraits or people, but long faces without face, sometimes motionless, and sometimes animated with an enigmatic movement. These graceful silhouettes, captured in the moment, are like a trademark for the artist. An amateur recognizes the trait of Jacques Gorde, his material, the shape of the characters, painted on top of each other, the luminous background...

enice, the city of love, has always inspired many artists, and Jacques Gorde is no exception. He seeks, as in his urban paintings, the trace of man. For four decades, a great colourist, the painter Nîmois has worked his colors, diversified his palette, daring to add more tones and more contrasts in his works.

Since he lived in the South, light has always been of great importance to him. Venice thus seemed the ideal place for the colorist he was. The lights and the colors, the mist and the water, the reflections and the splinters ... It is in Venice that Jacques Gorde manages to master the natural rendering of the light. After having painted Africa, New York, Nimes and his bullfights, now Italy offers him new landscapes, new reflections.

On a trip to New York, the artist's traces are again the traces of the artist. As in his works realized in Paris, Lisbon or Barcelona, ​​they take the form of facades of buildings. These are large buildings struck by the lights of the city, which take a more abstract form on his canvases. The plaster, the windows, the neon lights, catch the gaze of Jacques Gorde wherever he walks. The exterior of the buildings represents for him the mask that hides the intimate in relation to the street.

It is not the natural lights of Italy or the south of France, but the colors of a great city of which Nîmois is not accustomed, and this encounter with the verticality brings together the last works of Gorde of abstraction.
Today, Jacques Gorde's image is that of a simple man, who loved life, his friends and his family, and who lived the painting viscerally. For him a day without painting was a lost day... But it is also the image of an artist appreciated by a large public. Yes, his painting leaves no one indifferent. These are all aspects of the painter that Corps er âme Gallery wants to celebrate in this exhibition.

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