These recent works continue his exploration of the blurred line between reality and fantasy while introducing new themes, such as the undeniable connections between visual art, music and theater. Roux-Fontaine begins with sketches then applies thick layers of paint, pure pigment, marble powder and resin using brushes and spatulas. His dreamlike paintings are largely inspired by his travels throughout Central America, India and Eastern Europe, specifically to Borucan & Romani communities. Using lush colors and stunning detail, the artist’s paintings delicately balance reality and dreams, figurative and abstract genres. His paintings tell stories while uniting art, music, nature, humankind, theater and outer space.
In conjunction with the show, Axelle will release two new limited edition prints, signed and numbered by the artist.
The artist was born in 1966 in the Savoy Region of France. Roux-Fontaine graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fine Art School of Saint-Etienne. Since his first solo exhibition in 1991, he has enjoyed sellout shows and overwhelming success throughout Europe. In 1995, the Musée des Beaux-arts of the city of Chambéry and the Musée Paul Dini of the city of Villefranche-sur-Saône acquired works which to date are part of their permanent collections. In 2008, Spanish private arts foundation Josep Niebla presented his first retrospective. In 2013, the historic Célestins Theatre in Lyon commissioned the artist to create 30 original paintings to reproduce as show posters for the season. His studio is now in Lyon, France but he spends a great deal of time gathering inspiration for his work by traveling internationally. Roux-Fontaine will attend the opening reception on May 30.