Ireel by Flora Borsi
Portraits that simultaneously look like pictorial photos and hyper-realistic paintings. Borsi explains, “A hyper-realist painter aims to achieve a result which looks like a real photographic picture. A pictorialist photographer’s desired result is visually equivalent to a painting.” Her exquisite images seamlessly blend photographic elements with painting techniques, raising intriguing questions about each medium and the way they overlap.
Eric Roux-Fontaine is a 21st century wanderer. He is a sort of rarity in a time when conformist groupthink has become the universal norm. Nomad, poet, photographer, filmmaker, and painter, Eric explores the boundaries of forgotten worlds with unquenchable curiosity. He alternates imaginary territories and the territory of the imagination. He loiters, strolls, dreams, draws and invents worlds so as to make us forget our sorrowful human condition. Cast adrift in this painful era, Eric Roux-Fontaine is a perpetual nomad who travels without having a particular destination. From the Indian jungles recounted by Kipling, to the world’s halting sites and the deserts of Rajasthan, the artist tirelessly travels on a quest to meet others like himself. Like Mowgli in the Jungle Book, he descends the mountainside “on the way toward those mysterious beings called men”. Rare are the contemporary artists who so intensely observe the world in all its secret recesses.
His painting, both sensitive and discrete, expresses the emotions which are hidden deepest within. His work transcribes the indescribable, an elusive expression, an interrupted gaze and expresses a mysterious association with the beauty of this world. Bachelard said, “the real is nothing more than the reflection of the imagined”, and that is precisely where the painting of Eric Roux-Fontaine reaches timelessness.
© Gérard Gamand
Editor in chief, Azart Magazine
Selected by Andrew
Thanks to Archipel