Lionel Sabatté / Poussière des cimes

Lionel Sabatté's latest creations feature a spectacular new form of image: the piessièrographie!

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With his poussièrographies, photographic editions revealed through dust, Lionel Sabatté conjures up new images of undergrowth, punctuated by trunks and the complex thicket of the canopy and undergrowth. Through his committed gesture of revelation using dust and gold pigments, Lionel Sabatté questions the mysterious element that surrounds every photographic representation. At once an explicit image of a factual place and a surface streaked with matter or luminous colours, these creations, published in editions of 5, ultimately question the very essence of painting. Download the texts by Yannick Mercoyrol and Henry-Claude Cousseau to find out more about Lionel Sabatté's work in the dust.


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5 copies
Siklscreen, glue and dust and paper
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110 × 78 cm
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Sabatté (Lionel)

A graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2003, Lionel Sabatté has received several artistic awards such as the Painting Prize from the Del Luca Foundation in 2019, the Friends of the Maison Rouge Prize which enabled him to produce a work, presented in the patio of the foundation in 2018, the Drawing Now Prize in 2017 and was awarded the Yishu 8 Prize in Beijing in 2011.
His work has been the subject of many monographic exhibitions in France and abroad, integrating several institutional collections. The sphere of the living as well as the transformations of matter due to the passage of time are at the heart of Lionel Sabatté's work. For several years now, the artist has been collecting materials that bear the traces of his life experience: dust, ashes, coal, dead skins, tree stumps... These elements are combined in an unexpected way and the works thus created carry within them both a delicacy and a "disturbing strangeness", giving life to a hybrid bestiary in which creatures from the abyssal depths rub shoulders with small birds from the oxidised islands, bears, wolves, emus, owls, but also unicorns... Practising at the same time painting, drawing and sculpture, Lionel Sabatté tries to make all his works interact in a permanent interconnection. His research on the mineral, the animal, the organic in short, gives rise to poetic, sensitive and disturbing works which participate in a global reflection on our condition and the place we occupy in our environment.

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