Artist Nicolas Lefeuvre’s “I Think I See It” Exhibition Chronicles 12 Years of Work

“We discover magnificence not within the factor itself however within the shadow patterns, within the gentle and darkness that one factor towards one other creates.” It is a quote from Japanese author Junichiro Tanizaki that artist Nicolas Lefeuvre’s newest exhibition “I Assume I See It” is impressed from. 

The exhibition, occurring between 5 to twenty-eight November, takes the guests by means of Lefeuvre’s ink works from the final 12 years. Spanning over three themes: Land(e)scape, The State I Am In and Self-Archeology, it chronicles the artist’s journey in creating his physique of works. Lots of his artworks mirror his huge expertise dwelling in nations and cities round Asia like Hong Kong, Japan, Nepal and Singapore. Previous to his profession swap as a full-fledged artist, Lefeuvre was concerned in offering design and artwork course for a number of the world’s main manufacturers. Most notably, he was the inventive director at Chanel Asia Pacific.

Panorama P153, 2022, Ink and Gold Powder on Paper
Panorama P152, 2022, Ink and Gold Powder on Paper
Panorama P156, 2022, Ink and Gold Powder on Paper

Lefeuvre’s model of portray entails ink, conventional calligraphy, gold powder, materials and a wide range of instruments. The ensuing works are minimalistic but advanced and the graphic expression is a cross between Asian and European sensibilities. Explaining extra about his model, the artist says he makes ink utilizing indigo cobalt pigments after which creates totally different tones by diluting the combination. Utilizing totally different hues, the interaction between shadows and lights is telegraphed albeit abstractly.

“As with Pierre Soulages, the place the sunshine strikes the pictorial floor, or within the work of Rothko, the place it emanates from the again of the canvas, the sunshine in my work generates a distinction between colors and composition, [which overall] creates a magical impact,” says Lefeuvre.

The subsequent step in his art work is the usage of gold powders. In lots of cultures, gold calls to thoughts the breaking of daybreak, the place gentle peeks by means of the depth of darkness and illuminates our cities — be it actual or imagined. There are layered meanings to the usage of ink, and Lefeuvre alludes it to the varied locations that he had lived earlier than. “In a metaphor of steadiness, of the fragility of time, I attempt to mentally journey and convey again landscapes, moments hidden underneath the floor, making me dream of different worlds, different horizons, different lights.”

Lastly, Lefeuvre’s fixed seek for simplicity acts as gasoline for him to create artworks. “I ponder in regards to the pure tendency that one can should accumulate objects or, quite the opposite, to create extra space round oneself, which I attempt to accomplish in my work.” From the 1000’s of photos that fill his thoughts, the hunt for aesthetic simplicity anchors Lefeuvre to provide gorgeous work which can be extremely nuanced. The aim: to discover a sure interior peace. He invitations us right into a world of thriller, the place guests get to find and be taught extra in regards to the artist’s creativeness by means of his impressionist creations. 

The “I Assume I See It” exhibition is organised by Clementine de Forton Gallery and Marina Design Works, as a part of Voilah! Pageant in partnership with the French Embassy.

On 7 November, a chat occasion will likely be carried out and French-American author Marie-Diane Meissirel will share her inspiration about Nicolas Lefeuvre’s artwork.

Nicolas Lefeuvre “I Assume I See It” Exhibition
5-22 November 2022
63 Spottiswoode Park Rd, Singapore 088651

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