Christophe Blanc (FR)

Christophe Blanc’s work revolves around humans, the contemporary humans as they are, flawed and in the raw. The portrayed figures are either solitary or in a scene of a shared camaraderie, but both the scenery and the figures remain unexceptional and almost disturbing in their normality. Undefined men are seen sitting in a chair, standing idly or sharing a meal and a drink. There is a strange vulnerability surrounding Blanc’s figures; an echo of a hard life, of fleeting moments of joy and pervasive solitude, and the paradoxical nature of life. At least one figure is always maintaining unwavering eye contact with the viewer, a stare that is both questioning and honest. The artist’s style is expressive and the paint is rich despite the muted colours, with the texture that looks raw and scarred.

“The human strain, universal, anonymous and haunting, appears free of any backstory, stripped of all social fabric, overall scheme and all the clues allowing for deduction. A rustic and mannered, this man is our contemporary. Countless and ugly. Ordinary and forthcoming. The Blanc’s man is totally drained. He finds his home in a weary chair. Seated or sprawled, slumped or dominant. He asserts, he observes and he is observed. He is stagnant. He is a source of a change. He waits for the waiting to end. He is astonishing in his immobility… No pathos, no excess, only a strong tension.”

Christian Noorbergen, art critic

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018
GALLERI V58, French Connections – Human, group exhibition, Aarhus, Denmark
Det Instense Møde, review in Magasinet Kunst.
Comparaisons nouvelles (New comparisons), Grand Palais, Paris, France
Expo LIBERTÉS, Houdan, France

2017
GALLERI V58, Aarhus, Denmark
Comparaisons nouvelles (New comparisons), Grand Palais, Paris, France
Galerie Art du Temps, group exhibition, Cleon d’Andran, France
Luxart Galerie, group exhibition, Arlon, Belgium
Galerie PasseArt, solo exhibition, Troyes, France
Galerie SoLo Atelier, solo exhibition, Saint-Leu-la-Forêt, France
Galerie Jakez, group exhibition, Pont-Aven, France
Invité d’honneur, Salon de peinture de Grand Quevilly, France

2016
GALLERI V58, Aarhus, Denmark
Claudine Legrand Gallery, group exhibition, Paris, France
Galerie Art du Temps, group exhibition, Cleon d’Andran, France
Luxart Galerie, solo exhibition, Arlon, Belgium
Galerie Jakez, group exhibition, Pont-Aven, France
Biennale 109, Pontlevoy, France

2015
Galerie Art du Temps, group exhibition, Cleon d’Andran, France
Claudine Legrand Gallery, group exhibition, Paris, France
Comparaisons nouvelles (New comparisons), Grand Palais, Paris, France
Biennale 109, Paris, France
Rdv d’art, Paris, France
ARTCITÉ, Fontenay sous bois, France

2014
Galerie Art du Temps, group exhibition, Cleon d’Andran, France
Claudine Legrand Gallery, group exhibition, Paris, France
Comparaisons nouvelles (New comparisons), Grand Palais, Paris, France
Rdv d’art, Paris, France
Fondation Taylor, grand prix Univers des Arts, Paris, France

2013
Galerie Art du Temps, solo exhibition, Cleon d’Andran, France
Claudine Legrand Gallery, group exhibition, Paris, France
Comparaisons nouvelles (New comparisons), Grand Palais, Paris, France
Rdv d’art, Paris, France
ARTCITÉ, Fontenay sous bois, France
Les Hivernales (The Winter), invited by C. Noorbergen, Montreuil, France
L’atelier, solo exhibition

2012
Galerie Art du Temps, group exhibition, Cleon d’Andran, France
Comparaisons nouvelles (New comparisons), Grand Palais, Paris, France
ARTCITÉ, Fontenay sous bois, France
L’humanité (The Humanity), Palais de Beaulieu, Lausanne, Switzerland
La plume noire, Musée de la Poste, prix Senghor, Paris, France
Puls’art, Le Mans, France
Figuration Critique, Paris, France
L’atelier, solo exhibition

2011
Galerie Art du Temps, group exhibition, Cleon d’Andran, France
Comparaisons nouvelles (New comparisons), Grand Palais, Paris, France
ARTCITÉ, Fontenay sous bois, France
Figuration Critique, Paris, France
L’atelier, solo exhibition

2010
Galerie Art du Temps, group exhibition, Cleon d’Andran, France
Claudine Legrand Gallery, group exhibition, Paris, France
Comparaisons nouvelles (New comparisons), Grand Palais, Paris, France
ARTCITÉ, Fontenay sous bois, France
Puls’art, Le Mans, France
Figuration Critique, Paris, France
Figuration Critique, Essen, Germany
L’atelier, solo exhibition

2009
Galerie Art du Temps, solo exhibition, Cleon d’Andran, France
Comparaisons nouvelles (New comparisons), Grand Palais, Paris, France
ARTCITÉ, Fontenay sous bois, France
Figuration Critique, Paris, France
Paris – Damas – regards croisés (Paris – Damascus – viewpoints), National Museum of Damascus, Syria
L’atelier, solo exhibition

2008
Galerie Art du Temps, group exhibition, Cleon d’Andran, France
Comparaisons nouvelles (New comparisons), Grand Palais, Paris, France
ARTCITÉ, Fontenay sous bois, France
Figuration Critique, Paris, France
Paris – Damas – regards croisés (Paris – Damascus – viewpoints), Arab World Institute, Paris, France
L’atelier, solo exhibition
Biennale de Conches, Conches-en-Ouche, France
L’usine a Zabu, Dreux, France
Centre d’Art contemporain, Chamalière, France

2007
Comparaisons nouvelles (New comparisons), Grand Palais, Paris, France
Figuration Critique, Paris, France
Centre d’Art contemporain, Chamalière, France
Espace FMR, solo exhibition, Paris, France
Salon d’Automne, Paris, France
Art a Sarria (Art in Sarria), Sarria, Spain

2006
Comparaisons nouvelles (New comparisons), Grand Palais, Paris, France
Figuration Critique, Paris, France
Centre d’Art contemporain, Chamalière, France
Salon d’Automne, Paris, France
Art a Sarria (Art in Sarria), Sarria, Spain
La Plume Noire, solo exhibition, Paris, France
Galerie Ucellino, Marseille, France

2005
Figuration Critique, Paris, France
Salon d’Automne, Paris, France
Art a Sarria (Art in Sarria), Sarria, Spain
Fondation Taylor, solo exhibition, Paris, France

2004
ARTCITÉ, Fontenay sous bois, France
Comparaisons nouvelles (New comparisons), Grand Palais, Paris, France
Figuration Critique, Paris, France
Salon d’Automne, Paris, France
L’homme au cœur de l’art contemporain (The man at the heart of contemporary art), MAIF head office, Niort, France

2003
Figuration Critique, Paris, France
Salon d’Automne, Paris, France
International Biennale of Beijing, China
Guest of the sculptor Denis Monfleur, Fontenay sous bois, France
Château des Logis, Brecey, France

2002
Château des Logis, Brecey, France

BIBLIOGRAPHY
CHRISTOPHE BLANC, monograph, Dizart Editions (2013)
Contemporary Expressionism – 200 works of flesh and blood, Lelivredart Editions (2010)
Christophe Blanc, publication on the occasion of Puls’art, Lelivredart Editions (2010)
L’art du Nu (The Art of Nude), Editions Patou (2010, 2008)
Galerie Art du Temps 2006/2010 (2010)
Paris – Damas – regards croisés (Paris – Damascus – viewpoints), Europia Editions (2008)
L’homme au cœur de l’art contemporain (The man at the heart of contemporary art) (2004)
Aralya, No. 35 and No. 36 (2015)
Straw Dogs MAGAZINE (2015)
Vivre l’art magazine, blog (2015)
MIROIR DE L’ART (2013)
Artension, No. 98 (2009)
Univers des arts, No. 182 (2015), No. 171 (2013), No. 140 (2009), No. 90 (2005)
Azart, No. 40 (2009)

PRIZES AND GRANTS
Prix Lelivredart, Puls’art, Le Mans, France (2010)
Prix Artension, Artcité, Fontenay sous bois, France (2009)
Prix Boesner, Figuration Critique, Paris, France (2009)
Prix Marin, Salon d’Automne, Paris, France, (2006)
Prix de la recherche plastique, Paul Ackerman, Paris, France (2002)
Prix du Conseil Général de la Manche, Brecey, France (2002)

Born 1968

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