PIERMARQ*

76 Paddington St. Paddington NSW 2021 Australia

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Celebrated New York-based artist Doug Argue has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions internationally, spanning four decades. His works are held in major public, private, and corporate collections including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center and the Weisman Art Museum. In 2022, The Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, MN, will present a major survey exhibition of his life’s work to date.

Argue is a consummate painter, capable of prodigious works that straddle realism and abstraction. In Genesis, one of his three monumental paintings commissioned for the lobby of the new World Trade Centre, NYC, Argue’s painting is veiled with sweeping swathes of crisply painted letters. It is as though we are placed “in the beginning,” witnessing a cosmic explosion. Argue has freed the letters from the Book of Genesis making them available for the next generation to reinterpret and recontextualise.

There are many different histories in the world, and we often see things in the current moment, yet have no idea what lies beneath. One language is always turning into another, one generation is always rising and another falling, there is no still moment. I am trying to express this flux-this constant shifting of one thing over another, like a veil over the moment itself. – Doug Argue

Bertrand Fournier lives and works in France and has achieved considerable success internationally including solo exhibitions in Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, England and Australia.
 
Fournier’s paintings present a myriad of bright colours and simplified abstracted shapes, boldly arranged across the picture plane. Each new body of work is encapsulated by an overarching theme, and all are injected with humour, nostalgia and a certain retro wistfulness. The symbolism and abstraction within his paintings are paired with cheeky titles offering clues to the unfamiliar shapes and compositions.

Fournier’s reductive approach to representation lends his paintings a unique dichotomy of paired back minimalism not remiss of warmth and soul.

Doug Argue
Performance of Rites
2020, Oil on linen, 19 x 19.5 in.
Doug Argue
The Great Speech
2020, Oil on linen, 30 x 40 in.
Doug Argue
Summer Vacation
2020, Oil on linen, 30 x 44 in.
Doug Argue
Beginning of Something
2020, Oil on linen, 80 x 120 in.
Bertrand Fournier
Picnic
2020, Oil and primary on canvas, framed, 150 x 120 cm.
Bertrand Fournier
Bath
2020, Oil and primary on canvas, framed, 150 x 120 cm.
Bertrand Fournier
Hieroglyphs
2020, Oil and primary and wood panel, framed, 83 x 67 cm.
Bertrand Fournier
Upob1
2020, Oil and primary on wood panel, framed, 83 x 67 cm.