Galerie Richard

Marc RENARD - Couloirs Aériens

Press release

Jean-Luc and Takako Richard present the second solo exhibition in France by Belgian painter Marc Renard, entitled Couloirs aériens, from June 29 to July 27, 2024. Marc Renard’s abstract paintings are distinguished by the replacement of cotton canvas by partially translucent polyester, and the practice of double-sided painting that opens up the painting to spaces in depth. His work is also notable for its use of fluorescent colors, whose saturation combines perfectly with polyester.

The new paintings differ from those in last year’s exhibition, first and foremost through the addition of very fine black strokes that add rhythm and finesse to the perception of his paintings. To express themselves in the space of the painting, these strokes require larger areas of white for maximum contrast. These surfaces of “white” are in fact three-dimensional opaque indeterminate spaces of great singularity linked to polyester.

Secondly, the new works are distinguished by a greater emphasis on non-fluorescent colors, soft pastels that further reveal the artist’s great visual sensitivity. This new color palette and the greater use of white make for long, soothing contemplation.

Nevertheless, the exhibition remains well-balanced between flamboyantly colored paintings, including a vivid red one energized by angled vertical white spaces that appear to be painted when in fact they are absences of color. He also excels in new works that give pride of place to the cloudy white space of polyester, which brings serenity.

The exhibition also differs from the inaugural 2023 show in that it features fewer large-format works, and a predominance of small and medium-format ones, making it a more intimate affair.

“Marc Renard’s paintings can be seen as the unveiling of the painter’s gestures in the digital age. Linear, nervous movements are mechanically scratched onto opalescent surfaces, concealed and then uncovered by adhesive strips, composing the painting with a detestable tempo of formidable efficiency. Each movement comes with its own negative, and is even contaminated by it”. (Jérôme Boutterin, painter)

Born in 1963 in Brussels, Marc Renard lives and works in Brussels. Since 2015 his works have been regularly shown at Galerie Marc Minjauw in Brussels. In 2020 his paintings were exhibited at the Mark Rothko Art Center in Daugvaplis, Latvia. His paintings are in the collections of Musée L in Louvain, Musée d’Ixelles, Fondation Vernnemann, Ministère de la Communauté Française, AXA Group, University of Antwerp, Province of Brabant…

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