Le Grand Triangle, 2001, oil on canvas, 97 x 130 cm (38 x 51 in.)


Jérôme Bost: Parisian Cityscapes

February 17 - March 25, 2011

Gallery Sakiko is happy to present a second solo exhibition in New York of an accomplished French painter, Jérôme Bost. It features his latest series of Parisian cityscapes, made over the last five years from the rooftops of tall Parisian buildings, including the Centre Pompidou, the Radio Tower and the Garnier Opera House. In these works, just like in his earlier paintings of the sea, Jérôme Bost pursues the goal of his entire artistic career: to paint from nature while simultaneously exploring the limits of figuration.

Bost's seascapes - made since 1999 during periodic retreats on the Atlantic coast of France - are large almost monochrome surfaces in which only the horizon line creates a link to the natural motif. Back in Paris, the painter placed his easel at elevated viewpoints, perceiving the city as a billowing wave of facades and roofs. The eye takes in its hum; the accumulation of forms suggests a maze of buildings and streets, but also vibrations that, like in a backwash, rise from the city, evoking sensations and associations that go well beyond what painting can ordinarily convey.

Thus the realism of Jérôme Bost carries a magic dimension that stems from his way of seeing the world without assuming its objectivity. The artist projects onto the canvas a vision liberated from an acquired knowledge about the elements composing reality as well as about the rules of representation. He re-creates perspective, color, proportions, and composition as a function of his own vision. Anything cognized is always first perceived with the senses. By reminding us of this law, Jérôme Bost's painting returns the creative process to its basis. The joys of abstraction are even more subtle when they remain connected to the sensory world. What better proof than the works of this artist?