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Philippe Nuell

33 Bond Gallery
33 Bond Street, 212-845-9257
East Village / Lower East Side
April 2 - May 9, 2009
Reception: Thursday, April 2, 7 - 9 PM
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A second solo exhibition of new paintings from French artist Philippe Nuell, will be on view this spring at 33 Bond Gallery.

Nuell documents his daily life through snapshots, which he then uses as models for large-scale paintings, but in this series the artist moves further away from the photorealist style. Using accents of neon-pink combined with a limited gray palette he creates works that oscillate between the crisp and sharp, and the fluid and loose. His work invites the viewer to partake in private moments that evoke shared experience— glances of passersby waiting for a traffic light to change, the poise of a man looking at a painting at an art fair.

This series perfects Nuell’s exploration of the singularity, grace and splendor of unnoticed everyday scenes but also incorporates a new energy and dynamism. The new paintings focus on crowded settings, mixing street and subway backgrounds with art fairs scenes, including of images from a recent trip to Japan.

At first glance “Deal” depicts a common scene at an art fair. But closer observation reveals subtleties of the work: the way the stance of the two men in the foreground seems to mimic the paintings behind them, the light reflecting off the paintings, and the loose depiction of the paintings within the painting. In “Aya looking at Autoroute, Exit Art, May 08” and “Aya looking at my paintings” Nuell plays with the notion of reproducing content from his earlier works and also with the appropriation of material from other artists. The three works exemplify Nuell’s technique and exploration of the triviality and humor of the daily activity.

Nuell (b. 1970) graduated from ‘Ecole Superieure d’Arts Graphiques (ESAG), Paris in 1994. His work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions in France, and has been included in a number of group shows across Western Europe. In 2004, Nuell’s work was included in the 27th Annual Harper College National Small Work Exhibition, curated by Lynne Warren, Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, as well as in the group show at Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn. Nuell recently had a solo show in Toulouse, France. His work is represented in numerous collections, including the Salomon Foundation in France. He lives and works in New York City.
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