Saturday, 16 March 2013

Tony Valentine - OECD, March19 - April19 2013

Together with Cariou Project, I am showing Tony Valentine at the OECD headquarters in Paris March 19th – April 19th, 2013. 

Painter and sculptor, born in 1939 in Edinburgh, Tony Valentine graduated from the Edinburgh and Glasgow School of Fine Arts, moved to France in 1968, and is now living and working in Maintenon.
In a communion of spirit with Samuel Beckett, his large oil paintings on wood, drawings on paper, and wooden sculptures feature the all-encompassing female figure of Alice in Wonderland and the contemplative landscapes and volcanoes of his Scottish childhood, in a mix of obsession, desperation and humour. 

He has exhibited with Cariou Project at the Cutlog art fair in Paris in 2010 and 2011, in Vichy in 2006 and 2008, at La Maison des Singuliers, Thomas Leguillou, the Salon du Dessin 2009 in Paris, in Guyancourt, Vesoul, Rouen, Chartre, Edinburgh, Sussex University, Glasgow, Dreux, at the Musée Rignault in St Cirq-Lapopie, Lyons, Besançon... 

His works have been acquired by the public collections of the College of Fine Arts, the Scottish Arts Club, and the Collection Richard Demarco in Edinburgh, the Glasgow School of Fine Arts, in France the city halls of Vesoul and Guyancourt, the Musée des Musiques Populaires of Montluçon and the Musée Regnault of Saint Circ La Popye. 

« I use the name of Alice as a constant reference to Alice in Wonderland, in the sense that what is really marvelous to my eyes is equally atrocious and unlivable. » - Tony Valentine

Portrait d'une Alice - 2012

Springtime for Alice - 2012

Brand New Alice - 2012

Alice and Two Figures - 2012

Alice Group - 2011

Artificial Alice - 2013

Black Alice - 2012

All 220x120cm, acrylic on wood.