Florian Eymann is a 38 years old French painter who lives and works in Orléans. He is permanently represented by five galleries (Avant Gallery, Miami; Oxholm Gallery, Copenhagen; Rembrandt Gallery, Eindhoven; Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London; Affenfaust Galerie, Hamburg). He is amongst the most acclaimed French painters on Instagram. For this reason, he was featured at Paul Booth Gallery in the "Paint guide" exhibition in 2017, alongside Denis Sarazhin, Emilio Villalba and Alex Kanevsky.
Romuald Martin is a prolific artist from Bourgogne: clay, paint, steel modeling, poetry, photography... Second Proposition focuses on his photographic body of work. His collection of more than 100,000 photo negatives constitutes his working basis, or his "paintbrushes" as he declares. He cleans old - sometimes centenary - negatives and operates for hours on end. Much like a surgeon, he grafts new organs amputated from other subjects to his models, thus giving them a second nature, be it monstrous, ironic or poetic.
Facing each other, a painter and a plastic artist. Both artists start from an initial material - one taking his characters from tradition, the other working from photo negatives. The intent is to reveal the chosen faces, and for that purpose the two artists push two complementary practices of transfiguration. One transforms his subjects as if it were from the inside, with colors working towards liquefaction of the individuals; the other one works from the exterior, as he grafts a second nature to his subjects, which reveals as much as it shakes their original constitution. In Eymann's work, color is abundant and faces unwind to the point of annihilation. In Romu's work, the black and white asceticism nurtures malformation which emerge in a crude light.