Todd Bienvenu

Beach Towel

$ 1,018

Weight1 kg
Edition size :

99

Dimensions :

87 cm x 76 cm (34.25 in. x 29.92 in.)

Paper :

BFK Rives 300 g.

Technique :

Lithograph 13 colors printed with Marinoni lithographic press, hand cut.

Co-edition :

with Galerie Sébastien Bertrand (Geneva)

Signature :

Signed by the artist, numbered and stamped by our publishing house.

Year :

2019

Price :

£790 (≈ $1'020, includes £49 VAT, applies to EU countries)
£741 (≈ $957, exclusive of VAT, applies to countries outside the EU)

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“The printing house is fantastic, it’s like going back in time. It makes me feel it’s 1910 in Paris, very prewar. The machines are from around 1890 and they used to run on steam, it’s so cool you really feel that energy, I love it.

It’s a painting from a couple of years ago. It’s a beach scene. This man and this woman looking at each other, he’s got the towel wrapped around him. The figures are chunky and solid, there’s a lot of weight to the image.

The colors are nice and clear so I thought it would be a good print, simple and graphic, strong image, bright, happy. It’s also kind of ambiguous, I love painting beach scenes, it’s a lot of fun.

It took 13 different color layers to get the color to come out. It was really amazing to see it to come up on the paper like that. You can even see where I painted, some of the hairs of my brushes fell out and got stuck in the paint, and if you look at the print you can see them. The details are really cool.” Todd Bienvenu

Weight1 kg
Edition size :

99

Dimensions :

87 cm x 76 cm (34.25 in. x 29.92 in.)

Paper :

BFK Rives 300 g.

Technique :

Lithograph 13 colors printed with Marinoni lithographic press, hand cut.

Co-edition :

with Galerie Sébastien Bertrand (Geneva)

Signature :

Signed by the artist, numbered and stamped by our publishing house.

Year :

2019

Price :

£790 (≈ $1'020, includes £49 VAT, applies to EU countries)
£741 (≈ $957, exclusive of VAT, applies to countries outside the EU)

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Todd Bienvenu

Todd Bienvenu (born 1980 in Little Rock, Arkansas, lives and works in New York) paints oil and acrylic compositions on canvas. Emerging first from his dense figurative compositions are the power and energy of his strong colors, and their spontaneous movement. His paintings are expressive and uninhibited.

The artist begins by applying color directly, abstract forms emerge, and the subjects develop naturally, excavated through the process of the addition and subtraction of paint. He depicts sex, tattooed rockers, beaches, alcohol, parties, urban scenes, and fragments of everyday life Bienvenu’s biographical universe. He paints the subjects he knows; what he is living, has lived, has pulled from the web, what he finds interesting in daily life—whatever passes through his head.

“Humor is honesty. The real struggle for me is to get butt naked in the paintings, to be completely vulnerable. Whatever it is that is on my mind, whatever my concerns are, I don’t want to hide from them.”

Although his subjects are often burlesque, we perceive a form of underlying melancholy. Indeed, many of them are the result of a reflection that is a source of both nostalgia and solace. Embedded within the artist’s sense of humor and freewheeling paint, the works hold deep and timeless existential questions.

A more profound feeling, a tragic dimension offsets the apparent lightness. In Bienvenu’s recent work, the vulnerability of the body holds an important place. In this respect, subjects such as snowboard and skateboard crashes and, by extension, bike and car accidents, echo the physical changes related to age and the fragility of a body that is no longer 18 years old.

Bienvenu speaks as much of the party as of its end. It is as if the deep solitude of being has been made visible, even within the most banal and “good-natured” day-to-day. Yet it is a question neither of sadness nor of resignation, it is the opposite.

Todd Bienvenu recently received an award from the American Academy of Art & Letters, NY, for excellence in painting, conferred by Peter Saul.

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