Thursday, May 30, 2013

Fabien Mérelle

Fabien Merelle, Dindon, 2011

Fabien Merelle, Avant, 2012

Fabien Merelle, Poulpe II (Octopus II), 2013jpg

Fabien Merelle, Envol (Flight), 2013

Fabien Merelle, Nuee, 2012

Fabien Merelle, Elle (Her), 2013

Fabien Merelle, John Acteon Deer, 2010

Fabien Merelle, Mouton, 2012

Fabien Merelle, Vautours (Vultures), 2013

Fabien Merelle, Animal, 2013

Fabien Merelle, Metamorphose, etude pour sculpture, 2012

Fabien Merelle, Le crabe, 2011

Fabien Merelle, Planeur (Glider), 2013

Fabien Merelle, Papillon dans la tete, 2011

Fabien Merelle, Casse la baraque, 2010

Fabien Merelle, Tronconne, 2011

Fabien Merelle, Behemoth, 2010

Fabien Merelle, Principe Pio, 2013

Fabien Merelle, Pentateuque, 2010

Fabien Merelle, Pere et mere (Father and mother), 2013

Fabien Mérelle is a highly talented and emerging young French artist who creates delicately detailed drawings in black ink and watercolour. A recent graduate from the Beaux-Arts Academy in Paris, Mérelle received a scholarship in 2005 to attend the Beaux-Arts academy in Xi’An, China. Already passionate about the art of drawing, this trans-global opportunity permitted Mérelle to discover and perfect the use of alternative Eastern drawing techniques, such as Chinese ink. Upon his return to the West, Mérelle was granted a residence at the prestigious Casa Vélasquez in Madrid and in 2010 he was the first winner of the highly lauded Canson Prize.

Although Mérelle’s drawings appear at first sight realistic in their rendering, they in fact depict outworldly scenarios, unsettling situations and dream-like occurrences. Working on a minute scale against a sparse white background, Mérelle prompts the viewer to individually examine his figures and peer into a world, which from the outset may appear as our own, but upon closer inspection is a rendering of a personal streaming subconscious: in ‘Avant’ (2012), the still-life depiction of a coniferous tree is distorted by the slouching torso of a bearded man, the artist himself, perched atop the tree's crown; in  ‘Ile’ (2012), a man, yet again Mérelle himself, tentatively stands on the border of a perspectival slice of terrain, suggesting his proximity to an infinite abyss-like precipice; in ‘Pentateuque’ (2012), a man, cast as Mérelle, performs the impossible of balancing on his back, arms outstretched, a perched elephant.

These renderings, simultaneously absurd, humorous, ironic and cruel, weave their own tapestry of tales and legends, blurring the line between what has been written and what our memory has forged. Mérelle’s insistence on anatomical precision, an art historical tradition borrowed from great draughtsmen such as  Albrecht Dürer, adds a dimension of doubt and moderate belief, as the viewer simultaneously quizzes yet recognizes and understands what he sees. Mérelle thus brings our inner thoughts and mental scenarios on to the surface of a page, channelling psychological theories of great 20th century thinkers such as Pierre Janet, and providing viewers with a visual of what the depths of our minds might conjure. 

Fabien Mérelle’s exquisite work has received international recognition and has been exhibited at The Armory Show in New York as well as Art Paris. Mérelle recently had a solo exhibition at Praz-Delavallade Gallery in Paris  and was previously part of a group show at Galerie Guy Bärtschi in Geneva. His work has also appeared in various prestigious publications such as Art Actual, Beaux Arts Magazine  and Le Monde.  Mérelle’s work can be found in several private and public collections, including the Daniel and Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation in Paris

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sporkgasm said...

Love them! Every last one of them.

Jen Vallette said...

That dog/deer head one is pretty dope :)

Trissta said...

I think my favorite is the finger branches. Maybe because I can relate to it and really understand the meaning of it... I create magic with my plants, I like to think. ;) It's all very interesting to me, the way he relates the reversal of animal/human roles. Definitely a new way to look at it.

Much Love,

Tom Tuttle from Tacoma said...

highly talenred indeed. i can relate to some of them.

Kiana Gonzalez said...

These are amazing! Thanks for the article =)

Kathryn said...

Cool drawings. The one with the guy being attacked by vultures captures in ink what bad day at work feels like.

Emily said...

I love how intricate these are, but they're simple at the same time. It's amazing. They're very bizarre. I love the girl in the house.

May the force be with you.

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