Alain Clément

His story

Alain Clément was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1941.

He lives and works in Nîmes, Paris, and Berlin.

As of 1970, he taught at the École des Beaux-Arts in Montpellier, which he then left to work in the École des Beaux-Arts in Nîmes, of which he became director in 1985.

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Creation process

In Alain Clément’s paintings as in his sculptures, it is a falsely “gestural” work, less spontaneous than it seems. All these works are constructed and drawn beforehand, the compositions are not the result of a simple gesture, but of a deep reflection.

In Alain Clément’s work, sculpture participates in an evolution of painting: it has not only allowed him to get rid of all illusionism, to reinforce the work of colour, to soften the forms, to make simpler works, with less superimposition of planes, colours… In short, to reinforce the presence of the object-painting, by its frontality, its unity.

Contrary to Greenberg’s postulates, Alain Clément cannot conceive a “flat” painting, in painting there is always a depth, a volume. The gesture of writing takes charge of the constitution of the space and as with all great formalists, the form contributes to drawing the background.

Alain Clément does not only propose an abstract formalism, he uses the optical efficiency and clarity of composition to subvert this vocabulary, giving it a relatively expressive and carnal dimension. 

In Alain Clément’s work, sculpture, not only metaphorically but also materially, comes from painting. The volume is not created from an inert material (wood, stone, earth…), but from the plane and by taking off from the plane. Sculptures, such as those seen in the exhibition, are first of all the object of drawings, gouaches…; the drawings transferred to the sheets of sheet metal constitute the cutting and folding lines of the plate: what was inscribed in the plan becomes volume in space.

In return, sculpture contributes to an evolution of painting: it has not only allowed it to get rid of all illusionism, to reinforce the work of colour, to soften the forms, to make simpler paintings, with less superimposition of planes, colours… In short, to reinforce the presence of the painted object, by its frontality, its unity.

His works in store

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His exhibitions at the gallery

“Feed your soul” Black and red from February 10 to March 7, 2018

“09 D 17” from December 10, 2017 to January 28, 2018

METALICA ” Metal in turmoil ” from June 9 to July 15, 2017

“Small is beautiful” from December 8, 2016 to January 14, 2017

” Lâcher Prise ” from September 4 to October 17, 2015

First solo exhibition in Strasbourg from March 2 to April 23, 2014

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