Odon - L'exception et le silence

Odon - L'exception et le silence

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When it comes to colour, Odon’s work covers a huge amount of possibilities : his weaved spirals and nebulas are bright and colourful. 


"I would like to carry the world with braids. Why make me write about my work? If painting chose me, it’s because it knew I was incapable of expressing myself in any other way. Why make me talk about my work? If I must add the verb to the colour, it’s that I haven’t been far enough.

Painting is a mute art. At the start, there were only blue, yellow and red. But with those three colours and the possible blends, we are given the power to colour everything, we shouldn’t deprive ourselves! Painting? It’s very simple – Bach said, Music? It’s very simple: just press on the right key at the right time."


For more than twenty years, Odon has been weaving. He « weaves colour ». He weaves straps of double sided wallpaper into polychrome art works, structured by expanding beams; they are cosmic nebulas bursting with colour.


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24 x 30 cm
80 illustrations
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1940, November 1st - Born in le Mans (Maine)
1956, October - Student at the Ecole régionale des beaux-arts d'Angers, where he becomes friends with Colette Tessier, his favorite fellow. He stays there for 2 years.
1959, June - At the end of his 3rd year, he gets the CAFAS at the Ecole des beaux-arts du Mans.
1959, October - Enters the Ecole régionale des beaux-arts de Tours for his 4th and 5th years of studies.
1961, July 5th - Gets the Diplôme national des beaux arts (engraving section) with "mention" (compliments of the jury), at the Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris.
1961, December 2nd - Marries Colette Tessier at the Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc of Coëffort, in le Mans.
1963, February 19th - Birth of Céline-Marie, their only child. After a long illness, she dies at 35, on February 13th 1999.
1976, October 2nd - The couple moves to Nogent-sur-Marne and transforms an old printing house into a workshop. In art: weaving appears.
1985, March 15th - Guy Houdoin is clinically dead for 4 minutes after a cardiac arrest.
1998, November 1st - From now on, Guy Houdoin will be Odon.
2007, March 14th - Odon is made a knite of the order of Arts and Letters.

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