“Will and obstinacy” -Christophe Avella-Bagur interview

Face FS147 Black Manner - Melancholia, 150x110 cm, charcoal on paper, 2013

Face FS147 Black Manner – Melancholia, 150×110 cm, charcoal on paper, 2013

øTheP:    Where were you born?/Where did you grow up?

CAB:     I’m born in the South East of France / I grow up in Nîmes and studied in Aix-en-Provence university and Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne university.

øTheP:    Who (or what) do you love?

CAB:     I love art in general and in particular the art of 16 and 17th centuries (Dutch masters and Spanish masters : Goya, Greco, Bruegel… This is a long list!). But I’malso interesting in contemporary dance, human sciences like History, sciences andtechnologies, music that I listen to very loud in my studio (someday it will be Bach ,Mozart, Wagner, Chopin or Stravinsky for examples, the other days it will be Rock,Blues or Jazz).

øTheP:    When did you first discover your creative talents?

CAB:     In my teen, but it has been a long and winding road to become an artist. To gethe knowledge and the capacity to make something strong.

øTheP:    Who and/or what are some of your influences?

CAB:     Goya, Caravagio, Greco, Bruegel for the top four !

øTheP:    How would you describe your art to someone who could not see it?

Face FS136 The Good Wine, 160x125 cm, oil on canvas, 2013.

Face FS136 The Good Wine, 160×125 cm, oil on canvas, 2013.

CAB:     I paint the Human being, this is the only one important subject. I paint our era of change between the singularity of each being and the standardization of the world. Here the general concept of my work. The confrontation between the two notions is pictorial.  As I use painting, I let the philosophy beside to create an image. A realistic image of two confronted portraits, where the white light space presents a clone (always painted in a special grey) inside whom moves a real human portrait (real because, I ask for a picture of people I know or that I meet). From this confrontation between two faces, two bodies (with their different physionomies), it results deformations, shocks, anamorphosis, strangeness, etc.                                                 I think the meaning of my works can be extrapolate towards a kind of psychological analysis of our consciousness… In the exhibitions I can feel how much people feel close to the works.  Sometimes, even often, at the first sight, they are shocked, because they feel their own humanity is wounded… I like ! Real Art work cannot let you indifferent.

øTheP:    How do you prepare yourself for a day of work? Rituals?

CAB: I work everyday, I mean, I draw (the concepts in a sketch book at anytime), I write, read, etc. But generally to begin a new work, a new painting I like to remove the dried colors from the palette.

øTheP:    Which is your favorite piece you have created? and Why?

CAB: I don’t have a favorite works that I have created, but some works are important because they represent a significant step forward, around which revolve the other works. All of them have their right place to constitute “my art”. What I like today is my “Face FS series” because it sum up all I want.

Face FS145 Dark Water, 230x300 cm, oil on canvas, 2013.

Face FS145 Dark Water, 230×300 cm, oil on canvas, 2013.

øTheP:    If you could spend the day with anyone – living or deceased whom would you choose and what would hope to gain from the experience?

CAB: With Goya, Greco, Bruegel, Carravaggio. A gathering with them.

øTheP:    What is your secret ambition?

CAB: To be in the top five, ah ah ! More seriously, create works that we see and appreciate in three centuries with the same enthousiasm and strenght.

øTheP:    What is your favorite word?

CAB:     Will and obstinacy.

A Day In Studio’s life.

For the opening show (Floating Souls) of the artist Christophe Avella Bagur in the Galerie Richard in New York, the japanese butoh dancers : Maki Watanabe and Gyohei Zaitsu have danced several performances.

For the exhibitions dates :

– 27th march : ArtParis 2014, France.
– 3th April : Face FS Spirit Of Resilience / Part 2, Galerie Richard, New York, USA.
– 4th April : Face FS Fraglivert (sculptures), Castle of the Knight Templar, Gréoux-Les-Bains, France.

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