"An artwork is indestructible, essential, the opposite of ephemeral and fashionable. In our paintings what is interesting is the duality between the immaterial, the feeling felt and the perseverance of the work, the constant pleasure it provokes. When the choice of a painting is profound, you will never want to part with it. It is this encounter that interests us.”
Laurent Genis and Felipe Fernandes propose a beautiful journey through a particular gaze that allows to "see what we don't see". Both share a love of Brazil, of its different territories from Rio de Janeiro to Inhotim in Minas Gerais, but also the desire to share their emotions. Magical architectures, poetic landscapes, the abstraction of cities, the evocation of the carnival, indigenous faces are all sources of inspiration. Initially, they take photos of places that enchant them. Then, they are selected according to the purity of the lines, the beauty of the shapes, the masses, the perspectives they offer, the imaginary shadows... a set of essential elements to transcribe the emotion experienced. Re-interpreted with sensitivity, the graphics thus created serve as a basis for their painting.
Both artists take great care to build up colour ranges that they have identified during their long observation sessions. Several years ago, Laurent Gelis studied the geography of colours with Jean-Philippe Lenclos, one of the greatest French colourists. The choice is made from an inventory of colours collected thanks to photos, samples of materials collected, and objects found. The shots feed a graphic work composed of simple lines and coloured masses: "Painting, for us, is above all associations of colours which will enchant us". The viewer, sensitive to the images of Brazil, can project himself as he wishes by discovering these radiant masses.
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