Artist: Philippe Magnard

Philippe Magnard

Main Discipline: Painting

Based in: France

Member since: 9 March 2015

Artist Declaration

A self-educated painter born in 1952 in Vallon en Sully France, dept 03 (pseudonym RAR) has drawn and painted since childhood. At the age of 16 years, with the advice of an established artist, he begins his studies with oil on canvas in the classical way.

At the beginning of 1970 he is drawn into the world of graffiti art. Using just three colours of industrial spray paint, (black, white, orange.) His humorous and protest slogans are tagged RAR for "Rien À Répliquer", or maybe in English "Rock And Roll" !

From 1977 he studied the non-geometric abstract art 'Tachisme' using a combination of techniques and mixed media, (dripping, lyricism, geometry, traces, scrapings, inlaying, collage etc). After his first solo exhibition in 1985 he then departs from oil and paints with acrylic.

His painting always starts with a Tachiste style and a gestural chaos that is purely instinctive. According to the result, the canvas will either be left in its current state or will evolve in a different direction from its geometric abstract beginnings. The work can take on a completely new form encompassing both Lettrisme and Pop-art, at this instance the canvas not only takes on the new form, it dictates its own direction.

Working in this way and with such mixed media and fluidity, the use of aerosol spray, brush, palette knife, printing, substrates, superimposing of masks, etc. The artist creates a style that is no


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Recent work by Philippe Magnard


uploaded 15 May 2015


uploaded 15 May 2015

Have You Seen

uploaded 27 March 2015


uploaded 14 March 2015

Nu rouge

uploaded 10 March 2015