Jean-Baptiste Bernadet Artwork
French born and Brussels based artist Jean-Baptiste Bernadet is arguably one of the most popular painters of his generation at the moment. His recent works on canvas in which the artist uses the full potential of oil paint in gestures that challenge the viewer’s perception of colours’ and shapes’ blending properties and break the references to figurativeness and abstraction.
About Jean-Baptiste Bernadet:
Jean-Baptiste Bernadet, born in Paris in 1978, currently lives and works in Brussels. Baptiste Bernadet was artist-in-residence at Triangle Studios in Brooklyn in 2012, APT Studios in Brooklyn in 2011, and Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, in 2010.
Each of Jean-Baptiste Bernadet’s paintings returns to painting from a singular entry point: a burst of evanescent colors onto the field of the canvas; riddling a year of birth and a course year with metallic residues; stymieing an advertisement for diamonds with black spray; black and white paint brushed and quickly effaced, etc. These constitute so many entry points, which are not without an ironic and reflective dimension, as Bernadet appropriates the codes that make up the history of art and painting, both in its relation to the image and to the act of painting. Each painting appears as an attempt to appropriate painting, to make it one’s own. Appropriation here is not about the simple reproduction of an act, image or code but instead about a subjectivation that entails their displacement.
Solo exhibitions include, among others, Rod Barton in London (2014), Karma in New York City, Marfa Book Company in Marfa, Texas, Casado Santapau in Madrid (2013), Saks in Geneva, Torri in Paris, Renwick in New York City (2011), the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, Maes & Matthys in Antwerp, Baronian_Francey Gallery in Brussels (2010).
Group exhibitions including Valentin in Paris, Ricou Gallery and Super Dakota Gallery in Brussels, Torri in Paris (2013), Toomer Labzda Gallery in New York City, Angstrom in Dallas, Texas, Klemm’s Gallery in Berlin, Villa Noailles in Hyères (2012), Artorama in Marseille, 8 rue Saint Bon in Paris, Karma in New York City, White Flags in Saint Louis, Missouri (2011), WIELS in Brussels (2009 and 2010), Galerie Crèvecoeur in Paris (2009), Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tourcoing (2005), Galerie Catherine Bastide in Brussels (2004).