|accrochage «Struggle(s)» april - june 2012
Jean-Charles Blais, born in 1956 in France, lives and works in Paris.
Blais began painting on reclaimed materials, including posters, cans, cardboards and newspapers. This choice of different materials gradually led him to the systematic use of posters wrenched from billboards as medium. This irregular and solid surface guides the artist in the engraving of great figures, the defects in the support being decisive for his compositions.
He situates the human figure at the core of his practice, often pointing to the body’s vulnerability and fragmentation in the modern world. The faces of his characters are always hidden; silhouettes whose identity remains absent. Blais’ creations, of an apparent simplicity, are remarkable by the force of their composition that highlights characters, which seem to want to escape the canvas.