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Nothing is what it seems in the works of Alain Clément. Each simple line carries the work of a deeper reflection. The complexity is hidden in the interaction between color, form and space within each work.
Alain Clément works with relatively large patches of colour to create a meditative mood for the viewer. He puts emphasis on large monochromatic surfaces, so that “color” gives the greatest possible expressiveness.
From early on Alain Clément is inspired by the works of the French post impressionists Cézanne and Gauguin. Cézanne, this meant a careful and progressive sorting of emotions resulting from landscapes thus allowing cubic rationalism and self-mastery. Gauguin, by contrast, represented utopia, exoticism, the search for paradise and the discovery of the world elsewhere while expecting colors to spurt out and to extend beyond the painting into life.
The style of Alain Clément also finds its roots in the European modernism, after the first world war and the abstract expressionism of America after the second world war. In this period, one uses different shapes and colors to disconnect from reality.
In the 1960s Alain Clément develops an abstract technic by bringing together expression and composition. He found his inspiration in collaboration with the artists group "Support-Surfaces". In the 1970s, Alain Clément went trough a formalistic period and moves to more colorful works in the 1980s. In this period the simplicity of gestures and the saturation of the canvas are very noticeable . From 1990 onwards Alain Clément started expressing his art trough the making of wall sculptures. All consisting of colored steel where the shape and lines are again the base of the art piece.
The combination of painting and sculpture makes the work of Alain Clément to be so unique. The visual interaction between two-dimensional work on canvas or paper on one hand and the sculptures on the other hand, offers the public an exceptional insight into the world of contemporary art. Cléments work is influenced by different styles over the years but stays at the same time true to its own identity.
Several French museums organized solo exhibitions dedicated to Alain Clément, among others, Carré d'Art - musée d'art contemporain à Nimes, Musée Fabre à Montpellier, le Musée d'art Moderne à Céret, le Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain de Montbéliard, le Musée d'art ancien et contemporain d'Epinal et le Musée d'art et d'histoire de Neufchâtel.
Musée National d'Art Moderne-Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
Musée d'Art et d'Industrie, Saint-Étienne
Carré d'art Musée d'art contemporain, Nîmes
Musée Fabre, Montpellier
Musée d’art moderne, Céret
Musée des Jacobins, Morlaix
Musée départemental d’art ancien et contemporain, Épinal
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain
Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain Midi-Pyrénées/Les Abattoirs, Toulouse
Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier
Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain Franche Comté, Besançon
Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Marseille
Collection Ludwig, Aix-la-Chapelle, Germany
Kunsthalle of Hambourg, Germany
Kunsthalle of Brême, Germany
Kunst Museum, Düsseldorf, Germany
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Galerie Christine Kandler, Toulouse (since 2002)
Galerie Hélène Trintignan, Montpellier (since 2007).
Galerie Wentzel, Köln (1983-1992)
Galerie Marika Marghescu, Hannover (1983-1989)
Galerie Katrin Rabus, Bremen (from 1986)
Galerie Orangerie-Reinz, Köln (from 1993)
Galerie Vömel, Düsseldorf (from 1996).
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