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Yvan Salomone 1002_0918_josephbeuys, 2018

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Informations about this artwork
  • Medium

    Painting : watercolour

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    38 x 54.1 inch

  • Support

    Painting on paper

  • Framing

    Beige wood frame with plexiglass

  • Artwork dimensions including frame

    39.8 x 55.9 inch

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Authenticity

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

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Offered by the gallery

    Paris - France

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    [...] Yvan Salomone is one of the few artists who currently bases his work on the intuition of a deep kinship between the two techniques (painting and photography). Oil, bitumen and turpentine, which were the basis for so-called plenary painting, are often coating materials, whereas watercolour can be light blood or tear water, as is the revealing bath of traditional photography, which August Strindberg liked to compare to the sea, full of sodium chloride, sulfates and magnesium.

    This is the lustral seawater that Yvan Salomone (who lives in Saint-Malo) swims in every day, winter and summer, essentially to receive a daily unction and
    pardon from the medium he collaborates with in painting. Watercolour is a very demanding medium, which requires technical mastery but also respect for accidents, patience and precision: the water dries quicker than oil, but still slower than one would like, and does not allow for any correction or repentance once it evaporates, leaving the imprint of its pigment on the surface of the paper.

    “You’re delusional”, the reader may cry! It’s possible, certainly, but ritual is a fundamental dimension of Salomone’s work. Since 1991, the artist has fixed himself a Benedictine rule (the sea bathing ceremony gives an idea of his capacity for discipline!) which he never strays from, except when he travels: large watercolours emerge from his studio in succession, always in the same format, mostly inspired by industrial sites or deserted ports, or by a no man’s land (in the literal sense - no human figure is ever present in Salomone’s work, like in Eugène Atget’s) of a land forgotten - or rather devastated - by modernity.

    Each plate has an immatriculation number, or an inventory number, a title made up of eleven letters, often a portmanteau word that Salomone, an avid reader of Finnegans Wake and Ulysses, is fond of, and is accompanied, practically in secret, not by a caption or comment, but by a secular prayer, as beautiful as it is hermetic [...]

    Extract adapted from the text of Didier Semin, “Peindre au-dessous du barrage”, Yvan Salomone catalogue, Déluge & retrait, Ed. Frac Bretagne, 2018, p. 500-502.
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Yvan Salomone

France Born in: 1957

Yvan Salomone was born in 1957 at Saint-Malo where he lives and works.

Salomone paints watercolors in his studio based on preliminary photographs taken from the four corners of the planet. He doesn't reproduce the photos in his works, but liberally interprets them; the photos are a visual starting point. Thus the representation of raw materials (containers, cement, steel, etc.) conflict with the lightness of the watercolors and undergo a metamorphosis to create the singular nature of his compositions. 

The massive lines of a container ship or the rusty cylinders of heavy barrels allow him the opportunity not only to free the energy inside these massive objects, but also to give them a voice, without relieving them of their functions. Yvan Salomone shows what speaks, but purifies it, synthesizes it, and transforms it – he leaves the meaning ambiguous, allusive, and open. 

Yvan Salomone's landscapes defend reality as well as a poetic dematerialization of it, and impose a perspective to the public as well as a space in suspension.

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