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Sébastien  Layral, 558 INO ONI Violaine

Sébastien Layral 558 INO ONI Violaine, 2013

View in a room Painting 51.2 x 38.2 x 1.2 inch Unique artwork


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Sébastien  Layral, 558 INO ONI Violaine
  • Offered by the gallery

    Professional art gallery
    Paris - France

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Medium

    Painting : oil

  • Themes

    Nude, Portrait

  • Support

    Painting on canvas without stretcher (shipped in a tube)

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    51.2 x 38.2 x 1.2 inch

  • Framing

    Not framed

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  • About the artwork

    Layral's pieces are the result of a collaborative work between the artist and his model, up to the direct intervention of the latter in the work... this element gives beauty and soul to his portraits.

    Each of Layral's series is the result of a creative process. The creative process of the series INO-ONI is the following:

    At first, the artist asks the model to write a text: "make your self-portrait, as honestly as possible". The people are then invited to pose for a photographic portrait standing, half-naked, keeping either their upper body or the lower body dressed. During this meeting the artist and the model talk, and the model may tell other intimate details of their life (which will not be uncovered on canvas).

    The artist then paints the model; the visible parts of the body are painted in white and the clothes are painted in colors. During the final step, he sands the surface of the painting removing a layer from the surface. As the portrait is modified and partly deleted, the canvas becomes porous, more fragile and ephemeral and it no longer allows an intervention on the surface, but only in the thickness of the piece. The artist ceases to work on the details and from this point on he works with the energy of the piece.

    The loss of material also makes the technical control more difficult. The written description completed by a conversation makes possible the contact of the model with the artist. The text is applied on the back of the canvas. The artist conceives a code that appears on all the works of the series, in relation with the text. The code inscribed on the first work of the series, a self-portrait, is tattooed from the beginning of the series on the bottom of the face, the neck and torso of the artist.


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Sébastien Layral

Born in: 1972


Layral is one of the artists that have been recently discovered by the Saatchi Gallery. Born in Rodez, France in 1972, Sébastien Layral studied at the Beaux-Arts School in Toulouse. After completing his studies, he worked in a center for children with autism where he organized artistic workshops.

He worked at the center for two years and in 1998 he started working as an independent artist. Since the beginning of the development of his practice, the artist has been working with portraits in various forms. At first he used to cut pictures of models from magazines, as their image represents the cliché of the feminine ideal. He cuts the bodies, glues them on the canvas, and replaces the faces with his own painted face. He uses various formats (from 14 x18 cm to 120 x 200 cm) and some are presented in the form of textbooks. By this process, he begins to represent the interaction in his work, and this research is ongoing in his practice.

End 1999, Sébastien Layral was invited by a French patron to produce an exhibition at the Manor Saint-Félix in Rodez (12). He presented self-portraits on canvas. This theme becomes an essential support for his reflection on the portrait, as an emphasis on the link between portrait and self-portrait, between the artist and his model.
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Sébastien  Layral, 558 INO ONI Violaine
Sébastien  Layral, 558 INO ONI Violaine

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