JEROME PEREZ

JEROME PEREZ

Breville sur Mer, Normandy, France

About JEROME PEREZ

My two favorite painters made each a statement about John Cage. The latter brought legitimity to their creativity. In 1966 Nicolas de Staël declared : « Can a painting nothing else? I do not know. All life is cruel because one is never sensitive enough. Cage is breath ». 40 years later, in 2006, Gerhard Richter completed the Cage series consisting of 6 artworks. He admitted making his own the famous John Cage's formula : « I have nothing to say, and I am saying it ». If I may paraphrase these two icones, I have nothing to say but a shy post-scriptum. Discover the exclusive Limited Edition of ONE only available for the Post-Scriptum collection.
LensCulture about ALBEDO: "You have given us images that exist at the intersection of photography and painting. I understand that these images are also based on the concept of "albedo" which is the reflecting property of a surface—one without dimension. Your most complex images are the most compelling. I am drawn more toward your photographs that present a visual mystery. Ones where it takes a moment or two to identify the human form and the various shapes from nature. There are some very strong images in this project Jerome. Congratulations on your success this far. I encourage to keep on this track".
Lens Culture about Harmony: "This series of abstracts have been framed in a very interesting way. You took a meaningful approach that stands out as looking through a unique lens. The images really stand out here for the strong use of color and contrast."

Born on July 14th, 1962, I passed my photography degree in 1987. My first professional life allowed me to travel a lot and to practice my passion for photography, made of humanist features in black and white. Right on the day of my 50th birthday, I decided to reverse the priorities by spending the rest of my life solely on photography.

Thus was born the project Love (2012-2015) published by the Eye of Photography.

In 2016, I meet the French master Raymond Depardon who congratulates me for my work and encourages me.

Like him, I discover color late, and my artistic proposal is moving towards less figurative and more abstraction. I adopt the famous quote by Serge Poliakoff: "Abstract art is like a big tree whose branches are moved by the winds. It allows freedom of spirit to flourish and man to express himself, free from the limits of figurative conventions”. I believe in humility and honesty, in the light-color-form-material quartet to lead me to abstraction. The instinct that creates so many voluntary accidents and the greatest sources of emotional propositions. "For me the instinct is of unconscious perfection and my paintings live with conscious imperfection" Nicolas de Stael liked to think.

I will be happy to answer any custom request for a different format or material.

Looking forward to sharing on www.jeromeperez.com

Education

1986-1987: Photography, Social Sc., University of Geneva, Switzerland

Open Letter to all of you: If your eyes see blur it's the human's fault

- Hold my hand and you will recover. Simply see the light. A photograph is made of light and that's all. Geniuses have succeeded to achieve this miracle: Niepce, Daguerre, Talbot and Sasson. So I sublimate the light without betraying their efforts. Why believing that mankind can do better than nature? Why this relentless therapeutic on an image? No, just shoot right. You think a picture is not like that. So look at the real world in a different way. Like René de Solier: "Throw a stone in the water, on a field where the eye does not care about the colors that waves, vibrations, but the surface discovered inside the element, and then of the material ". Listen to Nicolas de Stael. His theory of instinct, chance, accident is very seductive. Honest and humble. Some quotes: "I believe in chance exactly as I see it at random with constant stubbornness. It is even that which makes that when I see, I see like nobody else ". "I can only move forward from accident to accident. As soon as I feel logic too logical, I naturally go to illogical. "For me the instinct is of unconscious perfection and my paintings live of conscious imperfection".

- But they are painters and not photographers?

- True, but without light they are in the dark, like a virgin film. Light is the foundation of pictorial arts. Each of us deploy our know-how to make our dreams accessible to the eyes of the spectators, like you. My brushes are filled with photons. I tamed them. Everything is voluntary. Each trait is a statement, with a beginning and an end. Look at this subtle gradient. And this flat in comfort. Everything is sharp. The blur does not exist. It's your eyes that were deceiving you. Now you see sharp and you are feeling well. The light can not be blurred, excepted in case of human pollution. Hey, another little secret. When the light still burns the canvas, I add a little sand to fix it. According to the magic formula of the eponymous dealer, good night and sweet dreams.

- So when I'm snapping a blurry picture, you mean I screwed it up?

Events

January 2021: Member of Western Photography (Photo A l'Ouest)
December 2020: Member of Artists In Normandy Society (AEN)
Fall 2020: Launching of the Limited Edition of One
Summer 2020: Chateau de Gratot Exhibition - Normandy, France
2019: LensCulture Emerging Talent Award Competition
2019: Publishing of the HARMONY poftfolio in the Eye of Photography https://loeildelaphotographie.com/fr/jerome-perez-harmonie-sur-les-pas-de-nicolas-de-stael/?fbclid=IwAR1DQTgGRD5g8UuXBxcaW8kE6Psfr-YqppRwfW4Q7pnrJ5BiMbx1PI5BGwU
2017-2018: 6th of June D-Day commemorations features
2018: Publishing of the LOVE portfolio in the Eye of Photography international magazine
2017: Co-author of the book "Normandy Lucky Charms" about WW2 US veterans travelling to Normandy for the D-Day commemorations

Exhibitions

Booked for 2021: Antibes (March), Caen (April), Bayeux (June)
Past:
2020: Castle of Gratot, France
2019: Exhibition "Atelier 4 Routes", France
2018: Festival de Saint-Pair sur Mer, France
2017-2018: Festival l'Oeil Ouvert, France
2014: La Rue des Arts, France
2012: 100% Photo, France
1987: Exhibition, University of Geneva, Switzerland