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Eric Roux-Rontaine at Axelle Fine Art

November 15, 2012

Last Saturday evening, I walked into Axelle Fine Art and arrived in the land of my dreams.

Eric Roux-Fontaine channels the primeval world of the Meso-American jungle. You understand with every brush stroke that this is his world. If you’ve ever walked through dense tropical treelands, you know that vegetation grows in layers. Some trees are extremely tall with branches only at their tops, providing a canopy over the forest. Others are shorter and wider, surrounded by flowering bushes, filled with birds and butterflies. Now, add to this wonder world a touch of modern whimsy – a pristine white tent, or a tightrope walker, or a bridge going nowhere, or (my favorite) the swimming pool in the middle of a swamp. So perhaps what we really have is Alice in Wonderland in the Costa Rican jungle instead of the English countryside.

This is the world that Roux-Fontaine lives and breathes – even though he lives with his wife and children in Lyon, France. (I can attest to his wife’s being absolutely charming.)

Having seen the paintings on his web site, it’s clear that the whimsical touches are pervasive elements of his work, tying the concrete elemonts of our society to a purer, freer, uncontaminated one.

What is most interesting is the delicacy of Roux-Fontaine’s paintings. His paint is thinned, his brush work is fine, his colors are delicate. He lays layer after layer of branch, leaf and brush, building to a complex, dense composition. The influence of the Chinese scroll painters is huge; they would be proud.

This is Roux-Fontaine’s first exhibit in the US. He is an extremely talented painter with an exceptional body of work. You should take the opportunity to discover his work. Axell is located 472 West Broadway (just south of Houston Street); the show is on view thrugh Dec. 2.

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One comment

  1. Heya! You’re back doing secondhanging. Good for you!!! Our new curatorial projects at Skylight will start in dec. The show goes up on the 1st but delaying the opening till everyone is back from Art Basel Miami. I was hoping to go to Miami as I have a number of works at the Aqua Art Fair with Alida Anderson Projects. But Steve and I are uncertain if the short gig he got working in the city will turn in to a full time job. So not spending money yet.

    Hope to see you soon. FYI I have free tickets for Sunday at the Parallax Art Fair and I’m planning on coming in. Would you like to go with me?

    Carla



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