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Following his graduation from the School of Fine Arts in Bordeaux, Louis Granet attended the School of Comic Illustrations in the southwestern French town of Angoulême, and later, the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. Throughout his studies, Granet was always intrigued by the artistic potentialities of translating the fundamentals of comic illustration unto the canvas, beyond the structural restraints of a comic strip. This interest was further cemented upon Granet’s arrival in Paris, where he worked as the assistant of French artist Stéphane Calais, leading him to pursue a professional career as a full-time artist. Granet has since staged solo and group exhibitions in Paris, New York, and Luxembourg, among others. His work is also in esteemed collections such as Fondation Hubert Neumann, Fondation d'art contemporain, Société Générale and Les Arts au mur, arthothèque de Pessac.

 

Granet begins his artistic process by spontaneously capturing the visual iconography that bombard us in our everyday life with his camera. Such tendencies bear witness to the artist’s personal trove of photographs, ranging from interesting street signs to popular caricatures found on cereal boxes. Accordingly, Granet works through this collective imagery of contemporary life and globalized visual culture to inform and drive his artistic approach and subject matter in his paintings.

 

Drawing on the lineages of modern and post-modern art movements such as Pop Art and Neo-Pop Art, Granet captures the absurdity and abstraction of our visual realities in detail. Resembling the stylization of comic illustrations, the artist goes on to create digital renderings of his paintings before working on them. In playing with scale and perception, Granet moves beyond the mere reproduction and appropriation of comic illustration to foreground our contemporary realities in a discerning manner. Such includes stretching ordinary objects to be larger than life, precariously on the edge of spilling out from the canvas frame. In addition to unequally splitting his paintings into two, as though simulating the cross-section of a comic strip. Working with acrylic, Granet’s paintings carry a visual dynamism that manifest a sense of organized chaos, with each element decisively placed and staged within the canvas to form a certain narrative about our contemporary realities.

 

Granet is known for his series of flower paintings, which see the aggregation of flowers in an overload of saturated colours proliferated across the canvas. By enmeshing flowers originating from disparate geographical regions, ranging from the islands of the Caribbean to the major cities of Italy within an individual canvas, Granet demonstrates his artistic propensity for embracing multiplicity. Such is equally matched with the diversity of colours infused into the dense mass of flowers, enriching the painting with a sense of abundance. These clusters of flowers appear to mutate organically and permeate the frame, augmenting the chaotic atmosphere of our fast-moving contemporary world, albeit through the alternative lens of nature.

 

Through his exuberant compositions, Granet plays on the appetite of the viewer for narrative, compelling him or her to navigate the entanglements between the various elements.

 

Lives and works in Paris.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2020    En Plein Chic, Cuturi Gallery, Singapore

2020     Stand C15, Gilles Drouault Galerie/multiples, Paris, France

              Monde Miracle, Gilles Drouault Galerie/multiples, Paris, France

              Avec le Goût, Neumann Wolfson Art, New York, USA

2019     Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg

              CARTOON OPTIMIST, Centre d'art contemporain "atelier d'Estienne", Pont-

              Scorff, France

              Espace de la Société Générale, Puteaux, France
2018     Free, Super fast !!!!, Neumann Wolfson Art, New York, USA
2015     Zombie poisson coupé, Galerie Silicone, Bordeaux, France

 

Group Exhibitions

2020     In Full Bloom, Cuturi Gallery, Singapore

2018     Le Colin-maillard (La Nuit), duo-show with Segondurante, Pierre Poumet 

              Contemporary Art, Bordeaux, France

              North East South West, What’s Up London, curated by Lawrence Van Hagen,

              LVH Art, London, UK

              A Terrible Beauty, duo show with Micheal Bevilacqua, Neumann Wolfson Art,

              New York, USA

              Par amour du jeu, curated by Anna Labouze & Keimis Henni, Magasins, 

              Généraux, Paris, France           

              Summer show, with Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil, Franck Miltgen and 

              Brian Rochefort, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg

              Chorus, The Flat - Massimo Carasi, Milan, Italy
              PotPourri, Neumann Wolfson Art, New York, USA

2017     La Saga, Double-V, Marseille, France
              Private Choice, Private Choice, Paris, France
              We are the ones, Carlsberg Byens Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark
              Printers Matters 2, MAD 3, Maison Rouge, Paris, France
              Color Block, Triple V, Paris, France
              Pink Flamingo, Agent M, Paris, France
              Casse et vole!, MR 14, Paris, France
              BD Factory, Frac Aquitaine, France
              Printers Matters 1, Paris, France
2016     All I can for Christmas, Galerie des multiples
              Les noces de Cana, Double Séjour, Paris, France
              Hommages et pastiches, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
              Lancement Point Contemporain n°2, X-po Studio, Paris, France
              Autofictions, Under construction gallery, Paris, France
              Projet 100%, Galerie des multiples, ART-O-RAMA, Marseille, France
              Summer group show, galerie JC, Paris, France
              Heroes, Galerie GP & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France
              Jeune Création – 66e edition, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac Pantin, Paris, France

 

Public Collections and Commission

Mural painting, Tout Ampère, La Défense, Paris, France

Fondation Hubert Neumann

Les Arts au mur, arthothèque de Pessac

Fondation d’art contamporain, Société Générale

 

Scholarships and Residencies

2017     Montresso, residency “Jardin Rouge”, Montresso Art Foundation, Marrakech, 

              Morroco

2017     Residency 35H #9, Le Garage, Saint-Ouen, France

2017     Selected for the Graineterie Bienniale, Houilles, France

2015     Selected for the annual exhibition Jeune Création, Paris, France

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