AXELLE FINE ARTS GALERIE SOHO is thrilled to host JARDINS SECRETS (Secret Gardens) ERIC ROUX-FONTAINE’S 3rd US solo exhibition. After the success of Neverlandscape (Axelle Soho, 2012) and Lunar Park (Axelle Boston, 2013), Roux-Fontaine returns to New York City with an all-new collection of mixed media paintings. These new works continue his exploration of the blurred line between reality and fantasy while introducing new themes, such as the undeniable connections between visual art, music and theater.
On the new collection, Roux- Fontaine states:
The starting point of each painting comes from all those small moments that make up life, something you’ve seen, something you heard on the radio, a place you’ve been a long time ago, something you dreamt about last night, something you can’t talk about but you’ll be able to paint! I use all those things in my painting; I draw my inspiration from all those particular times. In the end, the image is very simple yet full of many different hidden meanings.
Roux-Fontaine begins with sketches then applies thick layers of paint, pure pigment, marble powder and resin using brushes and spatulas. His dreamlike paintings are largely inspired by his travels throughout Central America, India and Eastern Europe, specifically to Borucan & Romani communities. Using lush colors and stunning detail, the artist’s paintings delicately balance reality and dreams, figurative and abstract genres. His paintings tell stories while uniting art, music, nature, humankind, theater and outer space.
The artist was born in 1966 in the Savoy Region of France. Roux-Fontaine graduated Suma Cum Laude from Fine Art School of Saint-Etienne. Since his first solo exhibition in 1991, he has enjoyed sellout shows and overwhelming success throughout Europe. In 1995, the Musée des Beaux-arts of the city of Chambéry and the Musée Paul Dini of the city of Villefranche-sur-Saône acquired works which to date are part of their permanent collections. In 2008, Spanish private arts foundation Josep Niebla presented his first retrospective. In 2013, the historic Célestins Theatre in Lyon commissioned the artist to create 30 original paintings to reproduce as show posters for the season. His studio is now in Lyon, France but he spends a great deal of time gathering inspiration for his work by traveling internationally. Roux-Fontaine will attend the opening reception on May 30.
For further information, prices and photographic material, please contact Elizabeth Thompson at 212.226.2262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Gallery hours are from 10:00am to 6:00pm every day.
ERIC ROUX-FONTAINE: JARDINS SECRETS
AXELLE FINE ARTS SOHO
472 WEST BROADWAY, NYC 212-226-2262
May 30 – June 28, 2015
Writing via press release
Photographs by Jamie Martinez