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Gustavsen Karl | Contemporary Artist: Artworks & Biography

  • Gustavsen Karl | Contemporary Artist: Artworks & Biography

Gustavsen Karl

  • France
  • Painter
Shapes are pure, sometimes on the verge of abstraction. They reinvent themselves, are recomposed in delicate assemblies.
Karl graduated from the Chambre Syndicale School of Fashion in Paris in 1991. He then became a stylist for several major international designers (Angelo Tarlazzi, Karl Lagerfeld, Andres Sarda) and held this job for several years before devoting himself to his artistic activity. His first exhibition was in 1990. In 1992, he participated in a performance show organized by the Paul Ricard Cultural Centre (Paris). In his work, the artist fixes trivial and ephemeral moments of everyday life on the background: awoman powdering her hair or face, a man with a drink at the bar... His characters pose in front of the intrigued viewer. Broken and fragmented, they propose a poetic alternative to reality.
His art is an original blend of various influences, drawing on both the aesthetic of films by Fritz Lang (Metropolis) and Fernand Léger (Le Ballet mécanique), design from the 1920’s and the modernism of Le Corbusier. With audacity, he evokes the impertinence of the Dada movement. The artist invests his canvas with large areas of colour by creating a space where perspective is absent. He borrows geometric shapes from the Art Deco style and Japanese graphics, combining elements painted with acrylic to collages of juxtaposed or superposed paper cuts. He cuts the paper meticulously, much as a line drawing. His graceful stylized figures are reminiscent of haute couture patterns. One colour is sometimes enough to bring about a subject. He sculpts the material, playing on the nesting of shapes and combination tones.
  • 2012
    Exhibition at the Dérapages gallery
    Brussels, Belgium
  • 2008
    Participation in the Art Shopping Art Fair
    Paris, France
  • 1990
    Exhibition at the Espace Carol Arno
    Paris, France
  • 1968
    Birth
    Valenciennes, France

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