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Rêve de plage

Rêve de plage, 1986

François Boisrond
  • Artist (1959)

Born in 1959 in Boulogne-Billancourt, the painter François Boisrond took part in the Free Figuration movement of the 1980s after studying at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, from 1978 to 1981.  There he experimented as much with graphic as with audio-visual techniques, such as video and animation.  This group, initially made up of Rémi Blanchard, Robert Combas, Hervé di Rosa and François Boisrond took as its primary references comic strips, advertising, rock music, television and popular culture, in order to explode the boundaries of aesthetics and, in the case of Boisrond, fill in that territory where ordinary life, and everyday emotions and sensations are separate from art.  He deliberately produces a painting struggling against intellectualism, good taste, and the fashion for overly meticulous graphic features:  his favourite media are still paper, plastics and synthetic materials.  Just as the dissemination of his works makes use of the mass media, it sometimes proceeds by way of consumer processes like spin-off products (printed T-shirts), TV commercials, shop windows and posters.  Boisrond tries to touch as many people as possible:  the simplification of forms, the concern for the details of everyday reality, and the significance of colour are all part of the immediate impact of the image.  The assertion of drawing as a way of structuring the painting prompts him to produce many preparatory studies for large-format canvases.  The painter’s favourite subjects are everyday objects, portraits and self-portraits, the house, street scenes, and holidays.  The work Rêve de plage/Beach Dream refers to the artist’s fascination with the world of film and television; it lays claim to a certain illustrative simplicity, an allusion inspired by urban graffiti.  François Boisrond’s internationally recognized work is regularly shown in solo and group exhibitions; the artist has also been teaching at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-arts in Paris since 2000.

Nadine Labedade