MARIUS MESSINESE / French, born in 1987
"I DRIVE THE VIEWER TO INTRUDE INTO THE PRIVACY OF THIS ARTIFICIAL WORLD."
In his very Hollywood settings, Marius Messinese creates an environment that is both synthetic and realistic, halfway between seduction and intrigue. The idyllic scenes of gardens, swimming pools and magazine interiors are inhabited by objects that introduce an ambiguous narrative. The omnipresent contrast supports this tension: textured areas are opposed to flat surfaces, bold colors to shaded areas, the rectitude of the architecture to the vegetation. The planes are superimposed in a sometimes incongruous cutting, supporting the notions of space and solitude.
Marius Messinese works to make the emptiness and silence palpable. The objects, placed there, become simple "clues" of the human presence, thus underlining in hollow its obvious absence.
We immediately think of David Hockney and Edward Hopper, but the painter also summons other influences of Pop Art, such as Ed Ruscha, Allan D'Arcangelo, Richard Prince, Jonas Wood, or the designer Nathalie du Pasquier. We can also note the influence of Californian modernist architects such as John Lautner, Craig Ellwood, Albert Frey or Richard Neutra.
Born in Marseille, into a family of textile designers, Marius Messinese successively touches on music, fashion and writing. Graduated from a fashion school, where he specialized in pattern design, it is as an autodidact that he decides in 2018 to devote himself fully to painting, in which he will find his true means of expression. Claiming a very Americanized culture, that he nourishes with travel, music and cinema, he constructs a work inhabited by archetypal visions of Florida or California.
In 2021, he starts a collaboration with Galerie Thomas Tournemine. His first solo exhibition "Paradise Lost" is held in 2022.
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