New Forms
Arno Rousseau
Philippe Abril
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Philippe Abril, born in 1962, maintains an interest in the concept of the unconscious collective and its archetypes as propounded by the psychoanalyst Carl G. Jung. At the same time, his artwork revisits the history of painting from the time of the Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach to the American Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). He utilizes photos of anonymous people from old family albums and imposes them on the images he captures from what he calls the "artistic collective unconscious." He was impassioned very young by photography and took a diploma in printing and graphic arts from the Jean-Bart college in 1981. He says his art is a search for new forms utilizing the techniques of data-processing. He draws, scans, and uses Photoshop alone as his software. The art is always authoritative and carefully drawn.