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Arghaël

Born in: 1974

France

Biography

Born in Paris in 1974, August 16th, Arghae?l developed an early passion for cinema and visual arts, which led him to study film and art history in Paris.? After spending 2 years in New York to hone his skills, Arghae?l was hired by Duboi, one of the leading Visual Effects companies in Europe at the time.?
His editing work on music videos and commercials rapidly won him recognition among his peers, and he started directing commercials where light held a significant role.?

Arghae?l currently lives in Paris where he's painting and drawing with live models in his loft for different art galeries in Paris, Los Angeles, New York and soon, Shanghai?.
Self-taught as an artist, Arghae?l has his first solo exhibition in 2016 at the Loo & Lou Gallery : RAW.

Almost simultaneously, Art Share L.A., in its Spring Gallery Series 2016, introduces his work to the Downtown art district.
In 2017, for his second solo exhibition at the Loo &Lou Gallery – SKIN(S) – he presented his new drawings where work on/with colour, large formats and linen canvasses appeared for the first time.
Arghae?l is currently preparing a solo show in New York.

Through his work in filming portraits and commercials, Arghae?l became

fascinated by the human body, captured through the prism of camera eyes and editing rooms. Looking for a more personal mode of expression, he turned to charcoal and canvas to explore the rawness of human intimacy.
To hone his skills, he studied charcoal drawing with live models at the Ateliers Beaux-Arts of Paris (Ge?rard Venturelli's class). From then on, Arghae?l's work will question the mystery of the flesh, frontally probing the unconscious (with every hand's stroke) to ultimately give birth on canvas. What the artist calls « un incident pictural», a pictural incident.

In his exploration of the human body, Arghae?l will soon bare it all, viscerally exposing the body within.
His charcoal now captures flesh, bones and blood vessels to their bare essence as he draws his men and women on the walls of his 'mental cave', the canvas lying before his eyes like a second skin.
At times, his carbon giants with oversized limbs and evanescent faces seem to be floating in space, reflecting newfound freedom in the very act of drawing.

Arghae?l's creatures rise to life before our eyes, true metaphors for the creative process. His graphic approach, similar to compositing, allows telluric flashes, amplified by warm pastels and oil painting.To capture flesh in its primitive expression, and give intemporal elegance to his bigger-than-life creations, Arghae?l uses charcoal.

His mineral compositions, his generous, nervous and sinuous strokes devour the canvas, question the visible, while his naked bodies expose the human flesh in its many folds, and the human envelope in all its asperities. Raw.

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Skin(s)

Loo & Lou Gallery

Skin(s)
From November, 24 To January, 14 2017

Raw

Loo & Lou Gallery

Raw
From February, 17 To April, 2 2016