THE Alice Mogabgab Gallery opens an arresting new show of work by the internationally acclaimed and highly original French painter, Daniel Chompré next week. On display in the Beirut gallery will be the artist’s Toiles nomades and Philtres d’amour, striking collections of richly coated relief paintings, evocative of the time-worn hangings of nomadic cultures. These works are unframed and perpetually rolled or folded, ready to travel wherever his art takes him.
Chompré, who began his painting career in the mid-1960s says, “People of my generation were interested in the problem of the flexible support of the paint. I added the nomadic and pliable character. Paint can and join me in my travels and allow my work to be presented”.
Influenced by the subtle shades in the work of Renaissance painter, Fra Angelico Chrompré has developed his own layering technique. Drawing lines in geometric formation with wax crayons, the artist then saturates the entire fabric with earthy stains of walnut and warm ochre. Rubbing, polishing and softening reveals the painting’s layers of iridescent colours and beautiful imperfections that in time, and after many journeys, mature between the creases of its seasoned surface.
Daniel Chrompré, a multi-talented artist, studied fine art in Paris and Helsinki and has created sets, costumes and graphics for The Paris Opera, the Festival of Lille, the Opéra Lausanne and the Theatre des Champ-Elysees.
by Miranda Charalambous
The exhibition, Daniel Chompré: Toiles nomads et Philtres d’amour runs from 13 September to 30 October 2016 at La Galerie Alice Mogabgab, Ashrafieh Street, Karam Building, Ist Floor, Beirut, Lebanon.
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Front page image: Daniel Chompré, Philtres d’amour, 2010 – 2016, mixed media on paper, 100 cm © Galerie Alice MogabgabTags: Alice Mogabgab Gallery > artist > Beirut > costumes > Daniel Chompré > exhibition > fine art > geometric > graphics > Helsinki > Lebanon > painting > Paris > show > theatre