Jean-Marie GITARD (Mr Strange)www.ArtPal.com/jeanmariegitard
"Mr Strange" is my artistic pseudonym.
I hope to propose an original vision ... And even give an indirect opinion on everything around us.
Modestly, I hope to propose a reflection or an interrogation on the world around us.
For the sketch or the model of the work, I work on my computer.
I do Photomanipulation or digital collage.
This process suits me well because I am no longer limited by the technique.
I work on images that I collect on the net and that I transform.
My "kif" is the mix of these diverse and varied images that seemingly have no connection between them.
And who, once associated, create a new reality and open new doors.
I distort the reality and I make (I say modestly) of the surreality.
But the result is, I believe, not a jumble because I like realism in the presentation or representation.
Even if I work on images (photographs), I feel closer to the painter than to the photographer.
To steal and immortalize a moment like the photographer, is not my intention.
I am not in spontaneity.
I can spend several days making my sketch. And, I keep coming back ...
Then, my partner takes up the challenge of transforming the digital mockup into oil painting on canvas.
His name is Qihai Chen. He is chinese.
He is a very good technician. It faithfully reproduces my original creation ... Sometimes bringing its touch.
Edward Hopper, Giorgio de Chirico, Grant Wood, Maurizio Cattelan, Rene Magritte, Ron Mueck are references.
This year, I was selected to participate in an international exhibition (Arte Laguna Prize) that took place between March 17 and April 8 at the Venice Arsenale. I qualified for the final in the Digital Graphic category with my work Mark Shields And His Red Dice.
From June 7th to 10th, I took part in the contemporary art and creators exhibition "Point Art Design and Creation" which took place in Paris Bastille. I exhibited 6 works.
From May 25 to July 12, I exhibited 2 works at Palazzo Ca'Zanardi in Venice. It was part of the "It's International Liquid Art and Architecture Festival".
From the 16th to the 30th of June, I exhibited 5 works at Varenne (Villa Monastero) on the shores of Lake Como. Exhibition organized by Marcello Cazzaniga (Camaver Kunsthaus).
At the beginning of January, I exhibit a work ("L'Homme Penché") at the Esart Gallery in Barcelona (XXth International Contemporary Art Fair).
The world is strange, right?