Lionel Sabatté / Fantasma du 03-04-2021

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On the occasion of a series of residencies organized between February and April 2021, Lionel Sabatté invested the engraving workshop of the URDLA in Villeurbanne. For this explorer of matter and figuration, this technique was a simple pretext to test new modes of creation from surprising and recycled materials. Closer to monotype than to engraving, these works of various formats were the occasion to intervene directly on the plates, then back in his Parisian studio to enhance them on paper by varying the interventions from paint or inks. His line finds a new amplitude leading to the creation of fantastic figures oscillating between vegetal, animal or human…


Sabatté_Fantasma du 03-04-2021

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30 x 40 cm, framed
unique copy
signed and dated on the front
monotype and drawing on paper
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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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