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"I paint the world as i perceive it in its mystery"

"Nature is a temple where living pillars

Let escape sometimes confused words  ... "

                                                                         Charles Baudelaire "Correspondences" 

Artistic approach

We are often asked what our artistic approach is. For the contests, registration on professional websites, galleries, etc. Here is mine, updated on 28/04/2019:

 

We only paint what we are, what we live, and even more so what we can see and what we feel.

 

What is a graphic work but an antanglement of shapes and colors? Colors whose codes and semantic fields are culturally established but have their own energy and their specific effect on all of us.

It is the same for the shapes of which one knows to recognize the softness, the violence, or the movement. Colors and shapes that impress their mark according to their complexity and their arrangement, express then the balance or the imbalance, the anguish, the pleasure or the joy, etc.

 

Following the lead of Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and also Zao Wou-Ki and Gao Xingjian, I try to explore the intrinsic language of the world that we are given to perceive in his extraordinary variety.

 

Through all the shapes and colors existing in nature, i try to decipher the messages, the vibratory language, by using them as a pure mode of expression, beyond the symbolic, beyond what is recognizable as an object, beyond words, beyond what we can see.

 

I paint the world as i perceive it in its mystery.

 

Each of my paintings is a representation of the questions I ask myself, doubts and discoveries, a slice of the experience of my feelings, a graphic interrogation of our existence and our essence.

These are snapshots of my soul.

 

They are therefore inseparable from my personal adventure.

They line up in the manner of a photo album my spiritual and philosophical journey. They are so many pictures that allow me to become aware of what I live, of what we live deep within ourselves and can sometimes be discover a parcel of answer in their just realization.

 

Over time, subjects and meaning become clearer, become aware, I do not put my titles to chance even if they may seem fanciful to some.

 

To conclude, I would say that aesthetics can be studied in another way than on the basis of an opposition between objectivity and subjectivity. It is rather a kind of energetic interactivity between the object looked at and the one that looks, linked at first to the shape and the color, but also to the sounds and any other form of sensory perception.

 

This energy perceived passively by the gaze is transformed very quickly into another, according to the disposition and the nature of the one who looks. His feeling of beauty - if there is a feeling- will determine the watcher to become an actor, he will then project in turn an energy that will come back to him to infinity.

 

Biography

Theophile DELAINE is born in 1969 in Champagne. Since his earliest childhood, his parents drove him around in Volkswagen minibus ; Greece, northern Africa, Afghanistan and Nepal, which marked him with a permanent desire for escape and freedom. 

He will make many very enriching encounters. During all these years of learning, he nevertheless remained faithful to his double bass, following a classical formation and playing in jazz clubs.

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At 26 he leaves to live in Crete where he enjoys drawing portraits of the mountains in the Kafénion. Throughout this time, he seeks to graphically express the need for freedom that characterizes him. Although he appreciates the expressiveness of Paul Rebeyrolles and the great sensitivity of Van Gogh, Zao Wou Ki's painting will ultimately be revealing. 

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Then, in 2004, he leaves again and expatriates to Madagascar where, for several years, his own abstract style will flourish. He exposes very regularly in various places on the big island, wondering about the mysteries of existence and our origines.

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At the age of 19, he went to Paris to study music at the University of Paris VIII and the conservatory. He already liked to draw but he discovered then the world of visual arts and contemporary art of the capital. He then started to follow the curriculum Arts Plastiques at the university, visiting museums of Europe and elsewhere, galleries, exhibitions.

He will gradually end up abandoning music for brushes. At 23, he finally embarks on painting. Working on technique, composition, harmony of colors, academical drawings, nudes, landscapes, figurative painting, clay sculpture, wooden sculpture, collages, watercolor, chalk and many others. he tries also to explore the abstract painting toward which he tends even if he's still not satisfied by the result. 

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At 28 years, the pictorial adventure really begins. At 30 years old, he settles in Limousin, sets up a small workshop and paints - a lot, non-stop! He begins to sell paintings, takes up plastic art studies to perfect his theoretical knowledge and organizes his first solo exhibition. But it is not enough to paint to feel free, it has to be lived to paint it.

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At 46 years old, he leaves Madagascar for Reunion island where he has been exhibiting his pictorial reflections since the beginning of 2016. Walking in the mountains, close to nature,  and still developing his own picturial language between abstraction and figuration, his painting and his artistic approach acquire an obvious maturity.

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Exhibitions

  • 2020
    LARTIST LOKAL / Léspas Culturel Leconte Delisle - Saint Paul, Réunion

  • 2018
    Balade / Médiathèque Saint André - Saint André, Réunion

  • 2017
    Au delà du regard / Médiathèque Saint André - Saint André, Réunion

  • 2017
    Voyage / Espace Vapiano - Galerie Opus Art - Saint Denis, Réunion

  • 2016
    Les chemins de l'âme / l'été glacé - Saint Denis, Réunion

  • 2016
    L'espoir d'un monde meilleur / Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra - Saint André, Réunion

  • 2016
    L'espoir d'un monde meilleur / Médiathèque Auguste Lacaussade - Saint André, Réunion

  • 2016
    Les chemins de l'âme / Maison Valiammé - Saint André, Réunion

  • 2016
    Les chemins de l'âme / Galerie Opus Art - Saint Leu, Réunion

  • 2007
    Origines / Sorafa Hotel - Mananjary, Madagascar

  • 2007
    Origines / KUDETA - CARLTON - Antananarivo, Madagascar

  • 2006
    Mystères / Alliance Française - Fianarantsoa, Madagascar

  • 2006
    Origines / Alliance Française - Manakara, Madagascar

  • 2005
    Mystères / Alliance française - Mananjary, Madagascar

  • 2005
    Mystères / Médiathèque de Jumilhac le grand - Jumilhac le grand, France