Back in the scene is the artist-painter Rémy Rault who is housing his recent artworks at the Hang’Art Café, Bassin de la Villette, Paris for a month-long exhibit, from 01-31 March, entitled: Divan Series. This is comprised of 12 paintings representing the 12 months of the year. A common theme in these paintings is the artist’s celebration of life’s moments of comfort, relaxation and human closeness – experiences that in the artist’s mind, are effectively evoked by the image of a couch. The artist however opted to refer these set of paintings as the “Divan Series” in tribute to the good times he had while vacationing around Asia, particularly in the Philippines where he has stayed for a while until 2015. The divan, a furniture which has its origins in the Middle East seemed a closer representation of his experiences than the couch which is purely Western terminology.
To this central theme, he incorporates illustrations of objects that for him, represent the places he visited and the memories he has of these places. Thus expect to find an assortment of seemingly polar images such as a banca which is a paddled boat commonly used in the philippines, to the towering skyscrapers of New York.
By juxtaposing these objects with imageries that represent his constant interests and sources of inspiration e.g. Pink Floyd’s prism, Basquiatt’s sillhouette, Hockney’s swimming pool, Rault creates a portal inviting us to his colorful universe.
He started working on some of the artworks while he was in Cebu and continued the series when he came back to Paris. A vernissage of the exhibit will be held on the first day of spring, the 20th March.