TITLE: TIGER 7953
CREATIVE PROCESS: The artist created this monumental calligraphy with Chinese ink. He then painted the body of the model and photographed her merging with the Sign . The curves of the body and the calligraphied lines form only One (No photomontage).
Chris Calvet's creations are a bridge that links two opposing worlds, the East and the West.
It is the taste for the discovery of the other, of another world, which brought Chris Calvet to the meeting of the lands of China and its people. The artist quickly understood that the understanding of Chinese culture goes hand in hand with a fine understanding of his language and therefore of the art of Chinese calligraphy. Each calligraphic character on the paper is filled with history and poetry. It is this poetry of language that inspired Chris Calvet in his artistic quest.
When he chose to embark on the calligraphy adventure, he was far from imagining the new world that was opening up to him. New spaces were created. The more he continues to learn, the more he becomes aware of the immensity of the world of calligraphy, and by extension the world around us. This is what the discovery of cultures leads us to: to become aware that this world is beyond us and that there is a multiplicity of visions of it.
Learning calligraphy leads us to interpret the world in a new way, to refine our eyes and our perceptions. Nevertheless, the knowledge of cultures is not an easy process. It implies a long-term work, a real commitment from the artist. For each of his creations, Chris Calvet carries out a long preparatory work to immerse himself in the history and energy of character. The model on rice paper brings calligraphy back to life.
AUTHOR: CHRIS CALVET (France)
Chris Calvet is a French plastic artist born in 1979.
Nature and the elements (materials, light, colours, shapes, etc.) inspired a want for discovery and adventure, generating a global-minded attitude that influences his works today:
“Discovery” of the craftsmanship by his childhood friend, Lyseth, with whom he met
Hassan Massoudy, then assisting her in the compilation of plate engravings, and this at the early age of 19;
“Adventure” during his major travels to China, amongst others, paving the way towards perspectives that are now seemingly evident - calligraphy.
Noticed by Starter Gallery, he was given the opportunity in 2015 to spend several weeks in residence at one of the largest museums of Chengdu (city with 14 million population), to exhibit works in three museums of Chengdu and to put his technique to test before such reputable international artists as Xu Liaoyuan, Qiu Guangping…
Remaining global-minded, his approach is simple, with the daily repetition enabling to learn and master the technique without relent, guided by Alessandra Laneve, his instructor.
Hence, the “Signes” series saw the day, granting him his current international fame (Exhibitions in China (Chengdu, Shanghaï), Paris, Lausanne, Hambourg, Rome and Seoul, etc.).
Requiring human resonance in his works, he has combined the plastic of selected models into his paintings for their expressiveness.
Signs, as always, are the expression of humanity, with the primary graphic frescoes, sketched in the grottos or on the rocky faces across the deserted plains, reflecting the ability of the artist to fix his interiority via the essential gesture, and to transcend the emptiness of his existence, calling upon collective imagination.
The subjective force and the link that exists between the shape of the model and the calligraphy lines are, according to Chris Calvet, the transcription of such presence on earth, and the unfailing liaison between nature and mankind.
It is also a kind of homage to this millennial art, revisited by a young creator, seeking to induce a lively and contemporary style via a novel approach.
The images of Chris Calvet are thus timeless and universal, appreciated as much in Europe as in Asia…
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