Alain Magallon

Alain Magallon

London, England, United Kingdom

About Alain Magallon

I am a versatile artist, I use a range of techniques to create a style calling upon different areas of art history and bringing them into a graphic modern world. My artwork is a mixture of abstract and figurative, the figures in my pieces usually forming a smooth twist of limbs and faces to create the abstract final product. Painting is an opening to an emotion and Art appeals to me when it is colourful, narrative, emotional, fun, dramatic, curious and decorative.



My paintings are a clash of saccharine pop art and religious idol depictions. The subjects, painted in oil, are inspired by religious paintings of the past whose anachronistic and metaphorical symbols contrast with the graphic backgrounds, painted in acrylic. They are often represented in static, devoted or illuminated poses which tend to question our faith and reverence when placed within the contemporary art setting. The goal is to produce a duality or imbalance between the neoclassical frozen or theatrical pose of the models and the association of the matter and the colours.



I see the subjects in my paintings as having their own microcosm of belief, the characters have a fascination with their own image and this means they duplicate or multiply themselves like Russian dolls. I try to picture a society where the absence of mysticism is replaced by narcissistic tendencies.



I use both oils and acrylics to give a feeling of depth to his images and works from photos and drawings, sometimes with the insertion of characters and objects from classical paintings. These sampled images are modified and painted in a different, anachronistic and metaphorical context from which they were first used. My intention is to manipulate images from their context without diminishing their strength or emotional power.




Education

1979 / 1980 Cours Bessil ( Art school ) Montpellier
1981 / 1985 Beaux arts Montpellier ( Art School )

Exhibitions

2018 Forty by Forty, GX Gallery. London
2017-2018 Ladies First, Gama Gallery, Istanbul.
2017 Spring Collection, GX Gallery, London
2017 Affordable Art Fair , Battersea, London
2017 Osteria London, The Barbican, London
2016 Aqua Art Miami, Miami
2016 Affordable Art Fair, New York
2016 Affordable Art Fair, Bristol
2016 Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead
2015 The Century Club, Soho
2015 Forty by Forty, GX Gallery, London
2015 Solo Exhibition, GX Gallery
2014 Searcys Club | The Gherkin, London
2014 Alain Magallon and Marie Petrovic, GX Gallery, London
2013 Affordable Art Fair (AFF), New York
2013 AAF, Hong Kong
2013 International Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London
2012 The Liberty Gallery
2012 AAF, New York
2011 & 12 AAF, Battersea Park, London
2011 The Turner Barnes Gallery, Essex
2011 The Sphere Gallery, London
2009 The Pond Gallery, London
2009 Moso Art House, London
2009 Nolias Gallery, London
2006 McNeil Gallery, Radlett, Hertforshire
2006 Graham Fine Art Gallery, London
2003-2004 Blackheath Gallery, London

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