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Julien Legars

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University: Aix en Provence High Art School
Graduation Year: 2007

New Blood Art Statement

"For Julien Legars, the concepts of beauty and ugliness serve as the central forces of inspiration within his work. Born in France in 1982, Legars lives and works in Rouen, where he forged a visual language centered on the body. Legars’ work aims to challenge our understanding of beauty, and what it means for a body to be beautiful. He takes on this challenge mainly by alternating between plastic productions and figurative paintings. In more recent years, his work has focused on the ideas of disability, monstrosity, sexuality, and gender, and how these concepts are universal yet often taboo." (for Interiors Magazine –  2015).

Artist Statement

Like a windows on bodies. My painting, like my objects have common idea of showing the body, beautiful or ugly according to our cultures and practices but where the painted material, even thin dominates what is seen. Pieces of our bodies painted in very large formats, or entire body on small, I put my characters en scene so as to highlight the details of a situation. The spectator look a specific situation, an intimate moment. He is placed in the role of voyeur, behind the painter's window. The material, texture of my paintings is paramount. Thin or thick, painted material is intimately linked to the model, and the situation of painting. I work mainly oil painting and watercolor. I also created sculptures using various materials, while keeping the body as a thread.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions 

2012, Galerie Valérie Lefebvre – Lille
2011, Rec galerie – Paris
2009, Leslie’s Art Gallery – Luxembourg
2009, Rec galerie – Paris 2006, “Fin de résidence” – Lourmarin’s Castle Group Shows:
2012, Lille Art Fair, – Lille with Galerie Valérie Lefebvre
2012, « En pleine figure », La Manicle – Le Havre – collective show
2009, SLICK Art Fair – Paris
2009, “Tout doit apparaître”, Aix en Provence
2007, “Watch your step” – Centre d’ Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie
2007, “Peinture…” Centre d’ Art Sextius – Aix en Provence
2007, “Espoir/Douceur” – Aix en Provence art school
2006, “DAAD” – Sextius Art Center – Aix en Provence‚Ä® show. résidences
2006, Lourmarin’s Castle

Group Exhibitions 

2012, Lille Art Fair, – Lille with Galerie Valérie Lefebvre 
2009, SLICK Art Fair – Paris 
2007, “Watch your step” – Centre d’ Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie exhibitions:

Original works:

Girl Face

By Julien Legars

£3000

Tessa's Bruise

By Julien Legars

£600

Portrait of a Girl

By Julien Legars

£600

Selfie #3

By Julien Legars

£600

Selfie

By Julien Legars

£600

Selfie #2

By Julien Legars

£600

Lucie

By Julien Legars

£1000

Lily

By Julien Legars

£1000

Shibari

By Julien Legars

£3000

Prathna

By Julien Legars

£400

Elise

By Julien Legars

£400

Giulia

By Julien Legars

£400

Jane

By Julien Legars

£400

Brysie

By Julien Legars

£400

Soey

By Julien Legars

£400

Sold Artworks:

Back View

By Julien Legars

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Hands on Prussian Blue

By Julien Legars

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Portrait of a Girl #2

By Julien Legars

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The Legs in Water

By Julien Legars

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