Jérôme DUFAY

Jérôme DUFAY

CREVECOEUR-LE-GRAND, HAUTS-DE-FRANCE, France

About Jérôme DUFAY

To wake up to painting, I had the chance to meet two people who, in very separate areas, were crazy about art. One was Monsieur Lascroux, my teacher. A true "hussar of the Republic", always in gray blouse, easily handling the rule to hit the fingers of the most agitated classroom, or those who forgot to learn their lessons. This rough-tempered man had the gift of conveying to his pupils his passions for ancient literature, Homer, the Aeneid and the Odyssey, and for painting and his great masters.
With him, we entered the universe and the workshops of Van Gogh, Vlaminck, Monet, Utrillo, and in their secret colors.
The other character remained the village near the family home, Varengeville-sur-Mer, father of cubism, Georges Braque. From him I saw only the limousine with tinted windows, but I knew he was on board. I finally met him at the church of the parish of his residence during the service celebrated for the inauguration and the blessing of the stained glass windows of which he had made the boxes.
I discovered his work much later, but being able to breathe at the same time as him the raw wind of the Pays-de-Caux was the greatest honor he could make me.
It was even later, well after the watercolors and gouaches of schooling, that I tried the oil. The first successful attempts encouraged me to continue. Although my job could lead me to visual artists and their vernissage evenings, I had to postpone my pictorial projects. The painting is a jealous mistress who admits no other concubinage. She takes the whole being.
Nearly forty years passed before I returned to her with an intact love. I am still amajating, understanding, looking in the recesses of my soul and my being. She can get me out of bed at 4 o'clock in the morning, or starve me for most of the night. As it can also go out of my mind to let me go in search of new inspirations.
My paintings are signed Jérôme Dufay. It's a family name that I took as an artist's name. It is that of a cousin, died during the Second World War. Taken prisoner during the 1940 Debacle, he had been released in a state of total exhaustion, the body bruised and mutilated by his jailers. His return from Germany to his mother had been his last trip. His name does not appear on any stele and not even on his own burial. In this way, his name comes back through my painting.
My name is Pierre Mabire. I was born in December 1945 in the Cotentin, a few steps from the Flamanville-Diélette iron mine where my father was a blaster at the end of the 1930s. He was the one who placed the loads of dynamite in the faults of the galleries to spray the ore blocks so they can rise to the surface.
Jérôme Dufay. It's a family name that I took as an artist's name. It is that of a cousin, died during the Second World War. Taken prisoner during the 1940 Debacle, he had been released in a state of total exhaustion, the body bruised and mutilated by his jailers. His return from Germany to his mother had been his last trip. His name does not appear on any stele and not even on his own burial. In this way, his name comes back through my painting. My name is Pierre Mabire. I was born in December 1945 in the Cotentin, a few steps from the Flamanville-Diélette iron mine where my father was a blaster at the end of the 1930s. He was the one who placed the loads of dynamite in the faults of the galleries to spray the ore blocks so they can rise to the surface. Son of a miner, in the end, it is better worn than being a minister's son ...

Education

-Deipppe 'France) : Richard-Simon's college
- Beauvais : Art Center Beauvaisis

Events

The trades of my active life:
- Docker on the port of Dieppe
- State sailor
- Shipyard electrician
- Journalist.
Practiced journalism in Dieppe, Rouen (Paris-Normandy), Saint-Lô (La Manche Libre), Amiens (Picard Courier, Journal des Amiénois), Oise: editor-in-chief editor of "Bonhomme Picard".
- Press correspondent (AFP - Le Figaro - L' Express - The Tribune of the Economy)
- FR3 columnist - Picardie
- One-off contributions to various television programs ("Le Grand Journal de Canal +" "Combien ça coûte" by TFI - "Ciel mon Mardi!" by TF1.
- Writer, author of a dozen books.
- Professional painter

Exhibitions

Exhibitions:
August 2018 - Long (80) - Summer collective exhibition (Departmental Council of the Somme)
June 2018 - Abbeville (80) - Summer Festival of Contemporary Art
June 2018 - Paris - ephemeral exhibition at the Pont des Arts
May 2018 - Corbie (80) - "Grains de Sel" solo exhibition at the Tourist Office.
March 2018 - Beauvais - City Hall - Art Fair in motion
February 2018 - Artmajeur Silver Medal "for all of his work".
December 2017 - Amiens - Autumn Salon
September 2017 - Amiens - Grand Format Exhibition.
August 2017: Lyons-la-Forêt (27) - International Festival of Contemporary Impressionism, organized by "Cross Cultures" - under the patronage of UNESCO. 50 artists from Europe and Asia selected to participate.
July 2017: At the Espace de la Mer, Pourville-sur-Mer (76). Expo "Cliffs and Dories" - Over a hundred works on the theme of the sea and fishing boats on the coast of the Pays-de-Caux (Seine-Maritime) and Picardy.
May-June 2017: Castle of Bertangles (80). Spring Salon of the Friends of the Arts of the Somme.
April-May 2017: Abbeville (80). Solo exhibition at the Tourist Office of the Sea (guest of honor: Patricia Langlet).
February 2017: Paris - Galerie avenue de Suffren, group exhibition on the theme "Eroticism".
November 2016: Amiens Métropole - Regional Chamber of Trades - Fall Salon of the Friends of the Arts of the Somme.
September 2016 - Wailly (80) - Day of painters in the street.
August 2016 - Bettrecourt-Saint-Ouen (76) - Solo exhibition at the parish church
2014/2015: various exhibitions at Grandvilliers (60), Beauvais (60), Amiens (80), Monsures (80), Plachy-Buyon (80), collectively or solo.