Brisson is one of France's most talented, successful, contemporary artists. With its many references to arts of the past, from pre-historic and primitive to the Grand Historical Styles of Europe and the dynasties of Asia, Brisson's work surveys like a walk through the Louvre Museum. His is an encyclopedic mind and eye: he wants to pay homage to ancestor-artists, to revisit every great epoch, style and place. His signature amalgams, in which age and antiquity are conjured, resemble a kind of archeological dig: he cuts, scratches and pierces the multi-layered surfaces of his canvases to reveal icons from within the strata of cultural and curatorial memory, mining inside his own fascinating materials.

He includes the rough surface of an ancient Roman wall, the craquelure of old Chinese paint, the decorative pattern of Rococo wallpaper, the woven fabric of a Renaissance tapestry, or the shorthand figuration of classic modernism. His works unlock repressed or forgotten levels – and famous ones, too – from the history of art, of time, and from the great "chainlink of being," itself. He seems to be saying, "Were it not for every single artist and every ancestor having been, having survived, then my art could not be as is, and you and I would not be here." This is an art of allusion that conjures a universe unfolding, in signature style, as in the Louvre.


Timeline


1955 Born in June, in Orleans, France.

1979 Settles in Paris, and starts working with carborundum etchings at the Pasnic Workshop.

1981 - present. Exhibits regularly in France, Germany, United States and Canada.

At 14 takes an interest in painting.

Meets and studies privately with painter Bernard Saby.

Currently lives and works in the South of France.

Selected Collections: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Achenbach, Foundation, San Francisco, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Jewish Museum, New York, George Page Museum, Los Angeles, Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris, Musée de la Poste, Paris, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, Carré Noir, Paris, Pushkin Museum, Moscow


Exhibitions


2005 Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Beverly Hills

2005 Arsenal, Ville de Metz

2004 Musée de L'Hospice St. Roch, Issoudun

2004 Musée de Cognac

2004 Collégiale St Pierre de Puellier, Orléans

2004 Galerie Fabrice Galvani, Toulouse

2004 Ville d'Anglet

2004 Franklin Bowles Galleries, New York, San Francisco

2003 Musée de Gaillac

2003 Musée Faure, Aix-les-Bains

2003 Art-Sénat, Paris (group exhibit)

2003 Art-Paris (Galerie Frédéric Storme, Lille)

2003 Carré Sainte Anne, Montpellier

2003 Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Beverly Hills

2003 Franklin Bowles Galleries, New York, San Francisco

2002 Microsoft, XBox Lounge, Paris

2002 Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Beverly Hills

2001 Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Beverly Hills

2001 Franklin Bowles Galleries, New York, San Francisco

2000 Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Beverly Hills

2000 Franklin Bowles Galleries, New York, San Francisco


 

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