Clément Denis investigates the barriers of communication, deploying plural works including mosaic and painting, bringing the art of an artistic practice at the crossroads of human condition. His anthropological investigation results in a series of portraits of individuals that he invites to feel the same state of confusion. In fact, sharing his own experience is a prerequisite to the act of painting. For the past ten years, Denis has engaged with figments of memory and explored the body as a site of consciousness in his painting practice. Over time his works have evolved from dark and rich tableaus to more expansive works with sinuous lines and a bright, acidulated palette. In 2021, the lockdown due to pandemic led him to Noirmoutier where a premonitory dream inspired him a new series – “The river song”. In it he saw the island and his family home engulfed into water with only the treetops and the roof emerged. He pondered over the relentless climatic change and its consequences on nature, as well as man’s initiatory path faced with the impending unavoidable calamity. “I often paint the flow of water, as in a certain way water can absorb us” said Clément Denis.
Group Exhibition : Hong Kong
May 3, 2022
Whitestone Gallery H Queen’s is thrilled to present a group exhibition “Contrasting Confluences”, featuring French artists Clément Denis and Fabien Verschaere, and Japanese artist Karen Shiozawa, as an associated project of the 30th French May Arts Festival. The exhibition showcases a selection of acrylic, oil and watercolor works, spanning a variety of approaches from abstraction to figuration, each offers nuanced ways of looking at, interpreting, and representing the world, while exploring values of symbols and identities of individuals.
About French May
It is the first time Whitestone Gallery participates in French May, featuring our exhibition as an associated project of the 30th French May Arts Festival. Established in 1993, French May is one of the largest cultural events in Asia. With more than 150 programmes presented across two months, it has become an iconic part of Hong Kong’s cultural scene that reach out over 1 million visitors each year. For 29 years, French May has been both truly international and distinctly local and wishes to contribute to the unique appeal of Asia’s World City.
A metaphysical quest in a protean work
Born in 1991, Clément Denis lives and works in Monet’s house to Vétheuil, a
small village on the banks of the Seine. He graduated from the Fine arts
School of Paris (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts) in 2018, was
awarded the Bv Collectors award in 2019. His work has been exhibited in
numerous shows and has been collected since 2013.
One of the most notable artists of the young generation of French
contemporary art scene, Clément Denis investigates the barriers of
communication, deploying a plural work spanning from mosaic and painting,
bringing the art of an artistic practice at the crossroads of the human condition.
A Theory of Otherness as an Inspiration
Ever since his childhood, Fabien Verschaere followed the maxim: Not a day without a line drawn - as Apelles, an ancient Greek artist said. Nevertheless, the reality of Verschaere’s world is hidden behind an enigmatic symbolism and references to history. Born with a mysterious disease, the artist was hospitalized for the first 15 years of his life – it is understandable why the focus of his work is tightly connected to the exploration of human condition. Verschaere’s personal mythology does not lose touch with the reality – especially in his interest in telling stories of contrasts between life and death, beauty and repulsion. Calling up the world of circus, fairy tales, comic books and his own fantasies in a vast organised chaos between fantasy and reality, the artist invites us to look into reality through the hybrid creatures, monsters and chimeras coming from his unbridled imagination. Artistic techniques he always comes back to are watercolors, drawings, paintings, installations and film, he recently experimented with painting on wood and ceramics. When looking into Verschaere’s imagery, viewers enter the world between his dreams and nightmares. While finding a source of consolation in hard times, the artist is able to create something beautiful from something that feeds on fear and abandonment.
Fabien Verschaere was born in 1975 in Vincennes, in the Val-de-Marne
eastern suburbs of Paris. His artistic education was nurtured at the Ecole
Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and Fine Arts in Nantes, under
the direction of Robert Fleck. Extremely passionate about art, ever since his
challenging childhood which was marked by long stays in the hospital. This led
him to develop a fantastical imagination, bringing together all the elements of a fairy tale. The reality of Verschaere ’s world is hidden behind enigmatic
symbolism and references from history.
Seeking the Light
Karen Shiozawa depicts a boundless galaxy alluding to lost memories in her paintings. The artist is consistently seeking to expand the realm of communication mediated acrylic, oil, alkyd resin on wooden boards, to build up the exceptionally appealing layers of light and shadow in the Milky Way. Growing up in the Netherlands, her compositions and lines feature European elements such as wooden wind-mill, classic-style arches and church steeples. To present the imaginary yet realistic scenes, Shiozawa scrapes the paint away with different sizes of technical pens. Crystal Church (2022), a featured artwork in the exhibition, depicts light passing through the stained glasses and overlapping each other, reflecting a veil of light surrounding the church building. As if the artist’s childhood memories arising from her glass treasure box. “Bridging people's consciousness to consciousness, recognition to recognition, I would like to create artworks which can capture people's voice of heart that people could not notice in the real world.” said Shiozawa.
Born in Kanagawa in 1998, Shiozawa graduated from Tokyo Zokei University with a major in painting. She expresses her works in a variety of media such as oil paintings, line drawings, video production, and installations. She seeks to expand the realm of communication through the medium of her artwork. She incorporates her childhood memories and senses of daily life that engages the five senses utilizing sound, light, and three-dimensional forms to represent the world perceived outside of the visual sense. Ever since she was a student at Tokyo Zokei University, she has actively participated in group exhibitions at galleries and museums, and in 2018 won the Best Formative Arts Award at the "Torch of Asia Exhibition 2018" held at the National Art Center, Tokyo. She is a young Japanese artist who will make great leaps and bounds in the future.
Group Exhibition: Hong Kong
May 3 - June 30, 2022View Gallery Exhibition