Clément Denis investigates the barriers of communication at the crossroads of the human condition, utilizing various materials including mosaic and painting in his work. His anthropological investigations result in a series of portraits of individuals that he invites to feel a shared state of uncertainty and confusion. Emotions that are a prerequisite to the act of painting for him.
For the past ten years, Denis has engaged with figments of memory and explored the body as a site of consciousness in his painting practice. Over time his works have evolved from dark and rich tableaus to more expansive works with sinuous lines and a bright, acidulated palette. In 2021, the lockdown due to pandemic led him to Noirmoutier where a premonitory dream inspired him a new series – “The river song”. In it he saw an island and his family home engulfed by water, with only the treetops and the roof emerged. His work ponders over the affect of relentless climate change and its consequences on nature, as well as man’s initiatory path faced with an impending unavoidable calamity.
Untitled 1 or Pas Sûr (2023)
53 3/4 x 58 7/8
Untitled 2 or Transcendence (2023)
71 x 58 3/4
Untitled 3 or Amour Partagé I (2023)
41 x 55 3/8
Untitled 4 or Amour Partagé II (2023)
39 3/8 x 59