Francois Mark_L.A GARDENSPIRIT, N°8, 2013, oil on canvas190x160cm
Selective Memories brings together a collection of talented students and graduates from the distinguished l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (ENSBA). This exciting new exhibition at West London’s Griffin Gallery investigates the role of art materials within contemporary art practice.
Ulysse Bordarias,Apolonia Breuil,Cherryl Brunel,Charlotte Burtin,Elvire Caillon,Alexis Chrun,Jean Claracq,Côme Clérino,Célia Coëtte,David Duvshani,Laura Garcia-Kara’s ,Ségolène Haehnsen,Nathanaelle Herbelin,Natasha-Jessica Lacroix,Laureline Lê,Marina Le Gall,Bérénice Lefebvre,Betty Rose Manzetti,François Mark,Chelsea Mortenson,Théodore Parizet,Caroline Reveillaud,Alexander Sebag,Lise Stoufflet,Guillaume Valenti.
This cultural exchange between London and Paris is made possible by Winsor & Newton, Liquitex, Conté à Paris and Lefranc & Bourgeois, who have been working with students from three ateliers (studios) over the past year. Provided with materials from the supporting brands, the students have developed original work in response to their personal experience of using the materials. The paint, sketching tools and printing inks become catalysts for the individual artists’ unique creative approach, and their works in dialogue with one another form a compelling example of the limitless possibilities of materials and creative imagination.
Laura Garcia-Karras La Femme, 2014, Guile sur toile, 30x40cm
L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris is a historic landmark of prestigious grounds, dedicated to the study of all artistic endeavours. Students experience an intensive five-year education; learning from the Masters programmes in their respective fields to better express themselves as budding artists and as individuals. Each year brings new challenges and deepens the students’ understanding of the developing artistic world.
The opportunity to introduce and explore tools and technologies from the latest research in the field of fine art materials forms part of the Griffin Gallery’s commitment to developing the careers of the next generation of contemporary artists. The students were introduced to innovative products from water-mixable oils and printing inks, to solvent-free acrylic spray paints, mixable with more traditional acrylic paint. These developing technologies expand the potential of each artist to approach their work with greater freedom and enhance their practice.
Curated by Griffin Gallery Director, Becca Pelly-Fry, the exhibition is centred on the artists’ shared interest in breaking apart traditional modes of creating artworks. Though their approach is a dynamic mix of abstract, figurative and graphic work, the exhibiting artists are united in their respect for the importance of a foundation in art history. Taking their lead from those artists who pushed the boundaries of their time, each of the artists from ESNBA has developed a clear, independent voice and line of thinking within their practice.
Rebecca Pelly-Fry, Director of Griffin Gallery and Global Manager of The Fine Art Collective comments:
‘This is an exhibition shimmering with energy and potential, it shows the future of contemporary art in Europe with each artist taking selective inspiration from the past to create a new visual language for today.’