Nov 1 – Nov 25, 2012

Galerie D’Este is proud to present the third solo exhibition of Jean-Pierre Ruel’s new paintings to be held at the gallery. Ruel’s masterful oil paintings thoughtfully and playfully examine the essence of French academic painting. Ruel draws inspiration from biblical and medieval legend, as well as scenes of an artist’s studio, to create works in the same spirit as the Old Masters while skillfully avoiding pastiche. The artist celebrates the essence of the French classical style, but in a totally contemporary way.

Hesitation marks, reconsidered strokes and spontaneous colour mixing are left for all to see, adding texture and demonstrating the confidence it takes for an artist to welcome the viewer into his process. The resulting warm, layered fields of colour demand to be touched and looked at, and the artist’s reluctance to impart any symbolic significance whatsoever leaves the works refreshingly open even to the untrained eye. Shapes, colours and forms are suggestive and tactile, but the figures’ faces remain impassive and give away nothing. In contrast to the prevailing backdrop of conceptual contemporary art, with its attendant footnotes, explanatory texts and artist’s statements, Ruel’s laconic generosity is a refreshing change: he’s told you all you need to know.

Born in France in 1970, the artist obtained a diploma from the École des Beaux-Arts de Lyon in 1993 and, subsequently, entered the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris, where he studied with Vladimir Velickovic. His works have been part of notable exhibitions throughout Europe, including the Rome Biennale, as well as at the Palm Beach art fair and Art Toronto in North America. Galerie D’Este is proud to have represented Ruel since its opening.

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