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French artist displays work in the capital  New Delhi, December 05, 2013
First Published: 17:04 IST(5/12/2013) | Last Updated: 19:09 IST(5/12/2013)

French Artist Thomas Henriot's travelling art show; Across the City is getting inaugurated in New Delhi by H.E. Mr. Francois Richier, Ambassador of France to India on December 5th December 2013 at the Alliance Francaise Galerie Romain Rolland. The show is on till 15th December 2013.

The show brings together Henriot's experience of his numerous journeys in Morocco, Lebanon, Togo, China, Argentina, Oman, Mali, Mauritania, USA, Cuba, Brazil and particularly India which marked an essential stage in his approach which places his paintings in the heart of a different culture, in a concentration close to meditation.
He uses his art as a link and a language to create contact with unknown spectators who witness the elaboration of his works. He juxtaposes in figurative motif, landscapes, architectures, characters, the rubbing of real elements which are at his disposal around him. The liveliness, its continuity, the magnitude of the movement give an originality to all these travel documentaries, album of memories but also a successful realization of a choreographed performance in the urban place. The body movement organizes the drawing space in an existential process.

The artist draws on the ground several works in a row without interruption, in public, and the presence of his body in working, leaves its mark forever in these rolls carried with him, light and nomadic paintings. The experience of his numerous journeys in India, and particularly at Benares, marked an essential stage to his approach which places his paintings in the heart of a different culture, in a concentration close to the realm of meditation.

Henriot has studied in Ecole des beaux arts de Besancon and presently lives and works between Rio de Janeiro, Havana and Paris. He was in Kolkata for a residency program with Calcutta Arts Club in September 2012.

His drawings are Ink on Japanese rice paper scrolls 45 centimeters wide and sometimes up to 25 meters long which he unwinds as the progression of the drawing goes along, composing in a near-spontaneous way.


When: 6th - 15th December 2013

Where: Gallery Romain Rolland, Alliance Francais de Delhi - 72 Lodhi Estate

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