Gabriel DFQ

As a French artist, settled in Singapore, Gabriel has always been animated by an identity, a social and a psychological quest.
As a result of his discoveries and travels, Gabriel exceeds in his work a simple stage of introspection and seeks to understand the face of the worlds that he is facing.

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Gabriel DFQ

As a French artist, settled in Singapore, Gabriel has always been animated by an identity, a social and a psychological quest.
As a result of his discoveries and travels, Gabriel exceeds in his work a simple stage of introspection and seeks to understand the face of the worlds that he is facing.

Convinced that human autonomy is now a fiction, Gabriel feels that we are all confined in our social identities, frozen in different worlds and that humanity is not free but wrapped, inhabited, territorialized.
What is at work in our life escapes to our consciousness, with individuality subject to a destiny that is fulfilled without our consent.

But if Gabriel believes into a deterministic certainty, he also wondered how the world structures the individual and his social mental while the individual contributes to the rational construction of this matrix that would not exist without him

FIND A WORD FOR IT | Statement

In his current work “Find A Word For It”, the artist explores the genesis of popular icons and stereotypes. He reveals how the media infuses preconceived images, opinions and judgments into people’s mind through the use of words. This series is the conclusion of many years of reflection on political icons construction, wondering “how political power can build such icons? What is the weight of words in building memories and images?”

Gabriel’s works look easy to access, portraying familiar individuals. But when you look at one of Gabriel’s works, you should always think twice as the obvious is not necessarily what the artist intends to convey. It requires plunging into the canvas to feel and weight the wording that builds these icons as Gabriel places quotes and headlines in a very thoughtful and critical way.

FIND A WORD FOR IT | Work Explanations

“Find a Word for it” is a combination of two sources of inspiration: first the artist’s personal collection of vintage photojournalism pictures with iconic figures, second the past art pieces of the artist based on newspaper titles.

The complete series is a set of 12 iconic and famous people across the past decades and still famous. Titles are cut in real newspaper in relation with the icon and combined on canvas to create the portrait background. Then the portrait is painted with diluted acrylic.

Each icon is declined under

1 canvas
24 exemplar of a small size serigraphy (70x50cm)
5 exemplar of a large scale serigraphy (150x100cm)
The large and small size serigraphies are all unique pieces hand painted on background HD printed on Sihel paper (cotton based paper imported from Switzerland)

CV & WORKS:

2001 – A Word between eart and sky, photo exhibition, Paris-La Defense
2004 – Hype Gallery, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2005 – Final round of Rome III Photo Contest
2006 – Chinese Diaries, Beijing
2006 – Sorbonne (Msc), Paris
2007 – One Worlds series
2009 – Vintage Empire, Photo series, Malacca
2008 – The world in 75 Receipies book illustration, with Guy Martin (two Michelin Stars, Le Grand Vefour)
2010 – Launch of VINTAGE PHOTO COLLECTION
2011 – Urban Insanity photo exibition under the patronage of Credit Suisse, Lausanne
2013 -Master at INSEAD
2013 – Find a Word for It painting work & Serigraphy
2014 Sept – Art Auctions for UNITED NATION WOMEN, Singapore
2014 Oct – Singapore Art Scene presentation by Deutsche Bank Private Banking & Lucanna Art
2014 Nov – The Singapore Affordable Art Fair With Artemis Contemporary Art
2015 March – Art Auction for “Swing for the Kids” presented by Lucanna Auction House, Bintan – Indonesia
2015 Apr – The Singapore Yacht Show Art viewing, Singapore
2015 Sept – Video reportage on Find A Word For It by BBC International

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