Artist: Yvan Salomone

  • 6 May 2024

"...this forty-year-old French artist doesn’t create the kinds of pretty landscapes one might associate with the medium. Instead, he depicts port cities, such as Saint-Malo, Le Havre, Dieppe, Shanghai, Dakar, or Rotterdam. Salomone lives only steps away from the port of Saint-Malo in Brittany, and he has visited it constantly for several years now, in addition to taking occasional longer trips to other urban waterfronts. He includes in his paintings not only the ocean liners, cargo ships, tankers, ferries, tugboats, clocks, and dockyards typically found in ports, but also warehouses, freight containers, oil tanks, trucks, cranes, customs offices, construction sites, trailers, and all types of industrial equipment."

Anne Dagbert

Translated from the French by Rachel Knecht. ARTFORUM

"Yvan Salomone was born in 1957 at Saint-Malo where he lives and works.

In 1991, Yvan Salomone set the framework of his practice and devoted himself to watercolor painting by composing on identical formats. A name for each work thus embodies a regular rhythm of production. He paints in his studio based on preliminary photographs taken from the four corners of the planet. He doesn’t reproduce the photographs in his works, but liberally interprets them; these images being just a visual starting point."

I like this work - the rawness of what is there.

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