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THOMAS DEVAUX

Born in 1980. Lives and works in Paris.

As a visual photographer, Thomas Devaux has created a number of complex series in which both the founding values and current developments in photography come into play. His photographic work, which is close to painting and drawing, enables him to pursue his research into the themes of the sacred, the profane and transcendence.

Complete catalog of artist's artworks ici

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« RAYONS » SERIES

"With Rayons series, Thomas Devaux completes his critical vision of the consumer world by reappropriating for the first time the codes of abstract painting, after having long revisited those of classical portraiture. The series brings together photographs of supermarket stalls, blurred to produce broad lines of color with indecisive contours, articulated together in a gradation of light. Very close to certain forms of abstract expressionism, with Rothko's painting at the forefront, each composition is presented as the expression of an optical residue, arranging the remains of a filtered vision reduced to the perception of light waves alone. As minimal as the treatment applied to the images, its title refers both to its original subject (supermarket shelves) and to the optical effect produced by the abstraction process (chromatic beams). Presented alongside The Shoppers series - supermarket customers captured at the checkout - and the installation Cet obscur objet du désir - a minimalist checkout mat with incisive, threatening shapes - the series adopts the color codes of supermarkets (blue, violet, pink, red, orange) to better criticize the underlying marketing strategies. The tensions between vivid hues and black stripes accentuate the seductive power of this standardized palette, the better to invite distrust, by establishing a critical distance between the sublimated chromatic surfaces and the triviality of their models. (...) - Florian Gaité, art critic and researcher at the ACTE Institute (Sorbonne-CNRS) - Excerpt from Cet obscur objet du désir, a monograph devoted to Thomas Devaux published in 2023 (ed. Cédric Bacqueville).

Further information on the monograph Cet obscur objet du désir here

 

Artwork above: Rayon 1.58, 2021. Fine Art Paper, Pigment Print, in three parts, frame with 22K Gold Leaf

« DICHROICS » SERIES

"The photographs in the Dichroics series impose themselves on the eye. Straight, slender, as hypnotizing as they are reflective, they radiate space with a special aura that absorbs the body and mind, arousing irrepressible desire. The contemplation is ravaging, bewitching, retinal; it exploits the structure of fantasy and libidinal impulses. Yet Cet obscur objet du désir tracks the mechanisms of our fascination with the surfaces and simulacra of late capitalism. Closer to the object than the photograph, the work turns commodity fetishism on its head in favor of a new totemism.

With his Dichroics series, Thomas Devaux pursues and radicalizes his critique of marketing strategies by further investing in the tenuous link between various expressions of transcendence today. In the Rayons series, begun in 2016, subject and photographic process meet in an indiscernible that takes the place of a title. The "rays" evoke supermarket stalls as much as the optical technique used to chromatically dilate light beams. Resembling abstract expressionist paintings, his images photographically construct their object according to a surface frontality reduced to an opaque, even narcissistic reflection. His photographs loop the gaze back on itself in a consummate perception that has become an end in itself. The spectacle of our own vision - erected as an aim - is then consumed, like the absent faces in The Shoppers series. Presented as counterpoints, the individuals captured as they pass through the checkout emerge spectrally from a hazy black-and-white composition that dramatizes the signs of a consumerism based on capturing attention with gaudy, racy tones". (...) Marion Zilio, art critic and independent curator - Excerpt from Cet obscur objet du désir, a monograph devoted to Thomas Devaux published in 2023 (ed. Cédric Bacqueville).

Further information on the monograph Cet obscur objet du désir here

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London, United Kingdom

May 16 - 19

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Paris, France

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Né en 1980. Vit et travaille à Paris.

 

EXPOSITIONS PERSONNELLES

2024

Photo London, Galerie Bacqueville, London, United Kingdom

La Patinoire Royale, Brussels, Belgium

Art Central Hong Kong, Art Central, Hong Kong

2023

Paris Photo, Grand Palais Ephémère, Galerie Bacqueville, Paris, France

Art 021 Shanghai, China

PhotoFairs, Shanghai, China

 

2022

Parcours Saint-Germain Photo Days / Off Paris + by Art Basel  2022. Louis Vuitton Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, France (Galerie Bacqueville)

Art Taipei, Taiwan

Art Paris, Grand Palais Ephémère, Galerie Bacqueville, Paris, France

 

2021

PhotoFairs, Shanghai, China

Approche, Galerie Bertrand Grimont, Paris, France

 

2020

Nicéphore + - Biennale internationale de la photographie de Clermont-Ferrand, France

Cardi Projects, Cardi Gallery, London, UK & Milano, Italy

 

2019

Musée Charles Péguy, Orléans, France

Macadam Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Galerie Cédric Bacqueville, Lille, France

 

2018

Galerie Bertrand Grimont, Paris, France

 

2017

Galerie Bacqueville, Lille, France

 

2016

Galerie Rivière / Faiveley, Paris, France

 

Macadam Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

 

2015

Baku, Azerbaidjan

Fotofever (Off Paris Photo), Carrousel du Louvre, Macadam Gallery, Paris, France

 

2014

Théâtre d’Angoulême, France

Macadam Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

 

2013

Solo show, Fotofever (Off Paris Photo), Carrousel du Louvre, Macadam Gallery, Paris, France

Rencontres internationales de la photographie / Théâtre Antique, Arles, France

Brussels Fotofever (Photo Fair), Macadam Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Solo show, Moscow (Photo Fair), Russia

Gigli Project, Joyce Building, Hong Kong

 

2011

Solo show, Silencio (David Lynch), Paris, France

Gallery Gabriel & Gabriel, Paris, France

 

EXPOSITIONS COLLECTIVES

2024

KIAF Seoul (Off Frieze Seoul), Seoul, Korea

Art Brussels, La Patinoire Royale, Brussels, Belgium

PhotoFairs, Shanghai, China

Oυράνιο Φως, Galerie  Valerie Delauney, Paris, France

BAD Bordeaux, La Patinoire Royale, Bordeaux, France

Art Paris, Galerie Bacqueville, Paris, France

Art Central Hong Kong

BRAFA, La Patinoire Royale, Brussels, Belgium

2023

Art Taipei, Taiwan

KIAF Seoul, Seoul, Korea

June, Daegu, 2023, Korea

Busan, 2023, Korea

Art Paris  2023, Galerie Cédric Bacqueville, Paris, France

Art Rotterdam, Galerie Cédric Bacqueville, Rotterdam, Netherlands

BRAFA, La Patinoire Royale, Brussels, Belgium

 

2022

Art 021, Shanghai, China

Genius Loci  - L’Appartement d’Auguste Perret, Galerie Bacqueville, Paris

Art Paris, Grand Palais Ephémère, Galerie Bacqueville, Paris, France

Art Rotterdam, Galerie Bacqueville, Netherlands

Art Taichung, Taiwan

Galerie A.M. Bjiere, New-York, USA

One Art Taipei, Taiwan

 

2021

Paradis Artificiels, Galerie Bacqueville, Lille, France

Art Taipei, Taiwan

Divines, Macadam Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Galerie Bertrand Grimont, Paris, France

Luxembourg Art Week, Macadam Gallery

Taipei, Taiwan

Nuit Blanche Mayenne, Le Kiosque - Centre d’Art Contemporain, Mayenne, France

Unseen, Galerie Bacqueville, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Galerie Bertrand Grimont, Paris, France

Paris Design Week, Galerie Bertrand Grimont, Paris, France

Art Paris, Grand Palais Ephémère, Galerie Bacqueville Paris, France

Duo Show, Macadam Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

 

2020

Galerie Bertrand Grimont, Paris, France

Faux Semblants, Galerie Bacqueville, Lille, France

Art Paris, Grand Palais, Galerie Bacqueville, Paris, France

2019

Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Galerie Bertrand Grimont, Paris, France

Galeristes, Carreau du Temple, Galerie Bacqueville, Paris, France

Unseen, Westergas, Galerie Bacqueville, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Immatérialité, Espace Topographie de l’Art, Paris, France

Luxembourg Art Week, Macadam Gallery, Luxembourg

Photo London, Somerset House, Galerie Bacqueville, London, UK

Interior Design Exhibition, Macadam Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

 

2018

Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Galerie Bertrand Grimont, Paris, France

YIA, Galerie Bacqueville, Paris, France

Biennale de l’Image Tangible, Paris, France

Macadam Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Art Paris, Grand Palais, Galerie Bacqueville, Paris, France

Lille Art Up, Grand Palais, Galerie Bacqueville, Lille, France

 

2017

YIA, Paris, Galerie Bacqueville, France

Macadam Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

 

2016

Divine Décadence, Museum Van Gaasbeek, Belgium (with Jan Fabre, Joel Peter Witkin, De Bruyckere Berlinde, Gustave Moreau, Kees Von Dongen, Erwin Olaf…)

 

2015

St’Art, Strasbourg, Macadam Gallery, France

YIA, Galerie Rivière / Faiveley, Paris, France

Art Paris, Grand Palais, Galerie Rivière / Faiveley, Paris, France

 

2014

Paris Art is Hope, Piasa, Paris

Mois de la Photo Off, Paris, Atelier Tozf

Biennal of Photography, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Liège - BAL, Belgium

 

2013

Galerie Bacqueville, Lille, France

Le Christ dans la Photographie Contemporaine, Strasbourg, France

Lille Art Up, Galerie Bacqueville, Lille, France

 

2012

Leica, Paris, France

Salon de la photo, Paris, France

Slick - Contemporary Art Fair, Paris, Off Fiac

Ulsan International Photography Festival, South Korea

Dali International Photography Exhibition, China

Lille Art Fair, Galerie Bacqueville, Lille, France

BNF, Paris, France

 

2011

Cutlog  - Contemporary Art Fair in Paris (Off Fiac)

Project « 24H Paris Photo », Showing at the Photo Off Fair

 

PRIX

2021

Soutien à la publication du Centre National des arts plastiques, CNAP, Galerie Bacqueville

 

2014

Lauréat du SFW Artist’s Award

 

2011

Lauréat de la Bourse du Talent #46  - Photographie.com

Nommé au Prix Art Contemporain  - Arte

Nommé au Coup de coeur Photo  - L’Express Style

 

RÉSIDENCES

2016

Résidence Louis Roederer, France

 

COLLECTIONS

Chaussee 36, Berlin

BNF - Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris

Musée d’Orléans, Orléans

Louis Roederer

Huawei

 

CONFÉRENCES / PROJECTIONS

 2017

Skema Lille, France

 

2016

Promenades photographiques de Vendôme, France (La photographie plasticienne, création et diffusion)

104 - CENTQUATRE, Paris. Projection « Work In Progress : Thomas Devaux » 26’

 

2015

Salon de la Photo « Grandes Conférences », Paris

MEP - Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris. Projection « Work In Progress : Thomas Devaux » 26’

 

2014

Conférence, Castle ЕĐŠЕGА, Serbia

Conférence, Musée des Beaux Arts de Lièges

Conférence, Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Angoulême, France

 

2013

Conférence à la Cour Fanton, invité des Rencontres d’Arles

Conférence au Théâtre Antique, invité des Rencontres d’Arles

Projection. Los Angeles Mopla - Month of Photography Los Angeles : Projekt L.A.

Conférence Colloque Européen « Le Christ dans la Photographie Contemporaine », Université de Strasbourg, France

 

ÉDITIONS

Thomas Devaux, Cet obscur objet du désir, éd. Cédric Bacqueville, 2023

Michel Poivert, Contre-culture dans la photographie contempraine, éd. Textuels, 2023

Thomas Devaux, Attrition, éd. Galerie Gabriel & Gabriel, 2014

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