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HUGO GALERIE is pleased to present Between Dreams, a solo exhibition featuring the enigmatic canvases of Marc Chalmé. The artist presents a vision of the fluid state that’s not quite awake nor fully asleep. His paintings are rooted in our world, but they grow beyond it into someplace else.
Chalmé describes his style as oneiric realism: oneiric means having to do with dreams or dreaming, and realism of course accurately depicts our actual environment. This results in works that render interiors and exteriors with commanding legitimacy—the architecture, chiaroscuro, and perspective envelope viewers, convincing them that with one step they might find themselves strolling a dim street or enjoying a living room view. And yet…
The scenes are somehow hazy. They take shape like reflections surfacing in a rippling pool or faded recollections being slowly stitched together. The light burns a bit too bright while shadows reach a tad too far. Objects are weightless and people rare. Everything glows.
In his own words, Chalmé paints “the mystery of the not immediately visible.” He makes real what we see when we close our eyes, the memories we have not of dreams but from dreams. His works are situated during the oneiric times of dusk and dawn, depict oneiric spaces at once discernable and indistinct, and are occupied by oneiric figures sometimes present only per the suggestion of a lit window. It is no surprise Chalmé is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe—“a dream within a dream,” indeed.
HUGO GALERIE is a fine art gallery in New York City specializing in contemporary figurative painting and sculpture. The gallery represents an international roster of artists working in a variety of media and range of genres. Please direct inquiries to email@example.com.
Marc Chalmé was born in Lorient, a seaside town in Brittany in France. He studied at prestigious art schools in the cities of Nantes and Rennes in France. Afterwards, he studied under artist Georges Pichon, winner of the coveted Prix de Rome. Chalmé spent many of his formative years seeking out his own, individual style, which he has now established. Since 1991, he has split his time between painting and teaching. His work has been shown consistently in galleries in Europe since his first solo exhibition in 2005. His most recent exhibition in France was critically acclaimed by La Gazette Drouot, the most famous French auction sales magazine.
Chalmé creates mysterious landscapes, still-lifes and figurative pieces. He has mastered his approach to these subjects. Perhaps one of the most impressive and notable aspects of his work is his handling of light, which is, at times, almost eerie; the light often seems to glow organically from within the painting and the viewer can nearly feel its warmth. The shadows and sense of depth are handled in such a way that the viewer is invited into the painting, into the room. This innate ability to understand the complexities of light and shadow, and render the subtleties with such talent, is exceptionally rare.
However, it is not only this mastery of illumination that distinguishes Chalmé’s unique style. His paintings of a world we are familiar with- homes, quiet streets scenes, women, children and still lifes of everyday objects- have an unusual dreamlike quality. They are peculiar, interesting and masterful little worlds where time seems to have stopped completely. The light will remain perpetually in this time of day- whether it is night or day, dawn or dusk. His works are intimate scenes of small moments- a woman setting the table or descending the stairs. However, these moments are externalized and made significant by Chalmé’s tender depiction of the situation. His thoughtful approach makes the quotidian, the usual and the often overlooked parts of life significant and beautiful again.
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