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From road to paper

From road to paper
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French Artist Thomas Henriot's exhibition titled, Across the City brings together Thomas encapsulates his experience of numerous journeys in Morocco, Lebanon, Togo, China, Argentina, Oman, Mali, Mauritania, USA, Cuba, Brazil and particularly India. India marked an essential stage in his approach which places his paintings in the heart of a different culture, in a concentration close to meditation.

His drawings are Ink on Japanese rice paper scrolls 45 centimetres wide and sometimes up to 25 metres long which he unwinds as the progression of the drawing goes along, composing in a near-spontaneous way.

The artist uses his art as a link and a language to create contact with unknown spectators who witness the elaboration of his works.

He juxtaposes in figurative motif, landscapes, architectures, characters, the rubbing of real elements which are at his disposal around him. The liveliness, its continuity, the magnitude of the movement give an originality to all these travel documentaries, album of memories.

The artist draws on the ground several works in a row without interruption, in public, and the presence of his body in working, leaves its mark forever in these rolls carried with him, light and nomadic paintings.

The experience of his numerous journeys in India, and particularly to Banaras, marked an essential stage to his approach which places his paintings in the heart of a different culture, in a concentration close to the realm of meditation.

When: Till 15 December
Where: Gallery Romain Rolland, Alliance Francais
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