Hervé HEUZE - The Alpine massif
Galerie Richard presents the tenth solo exhibition of the painter Hervé Heuzé entitled Le Massif des Alpes from January 7 to January 14 and from January 28 to February 25, 2023. In this series, he focuses on showing the majesty and grandeur of these landscapes. For the first time it shows us views of the Swiss side of the Mont Blanc massif.
For Heuzé, the Mont-Blanc seems to be the equivalent of the Saint-Victoire mountain for Paul Cézanne. He comes back regularly and this is the series he has worked the most since 2003. Unlike the dazzling lights of his first series, he has been dealing with this subject in black and white since 2019. We find all the subtlety of the nuances of his paintings.
He visualizes his painting from a distance, about five meters. He aims at the place where he will add his brush touch, paint it and returns to his intimate position that allows him to visualize the whole. Closely the painting looks like an abstract superposition of white, grey and black lace superimposed.
By combining black and white with photographic medium, he suggests that these landscapes will soon be a vestige of the past due to global warming.
In his mountain landscape paintings, there are no human beings, nor other forms of animal life visible. It is a surprise and a freedom of the artist to surprise us with a portrait of one of his sons in the foreground of these landscapes.
Born in Rouen in 1964, Hervé Heuzé lives in Normandy. A graduate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, he has been represented by Galerie Richard since 2003. He exhibited at the Institut Français in Washington and Beirut in 1998, at the Centre d’art contemporain de la Villa Tamaris on the famous exhibition entitled French Touche in 2007. In 2010 he exhibited with Gérard Garouste at the Louviers Museum and has a solo exhibition at the Emily Davis Gallery, Akron University, USA entitled French Contemporary Art: The work of Hervé Heuzé. In 2017 he has a solo exhibition at Galerie Richard in New York City.
His works are in the collections of the Palais de l’Elysée, Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam, Fondation Jean Hamon, Issy les Moulineaux, Musée de Montbéliard, Centre d’art et Culture Borusan, Insambul, Collection David F. Blechman, Miami, FL, United States, Christian Lacroix, etc.