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Guillaume Bresson solo show at FIAF

Image Untitled 2019, oil painting on canvas, 18×18 in, courtesy of Galerie Nathalie Obadia, ParisBruxelles

In richly layered paintings, New York–based French artist Guillaume Bresson uses classical techniques to elevate contemporary subjects and imaginary landscapes—carnivals, breaker waves, and woodland scenes—to profound statements.

In collaboration with Galerie Nathalie Obadia, FIAF presents Momentum, Bresson’s first solo show in the US. The show will feature recent paintings that address current divisions in a globalized world—class struggles, migrations, and gender inequalities—echoing the writings of socially conscious French novelist Édouard Louis. Drawing upon influences going from Caravaggio to Jeff Wall, Bresson inserts modern-day figures into timeless grisailles, eschewing anachronism to merge past and present.

Born in Toulouse in 1982, Guillaume Bresson lives and works in New York. His work questions the notions of staging and narrative in painting. Bresson graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris with distinction in 2007. He has been represented by the Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris/Bruxelles) since 2010. Bresson’s work has since been shown internationally at institutions including the Kunsthalle in Karlsruhe (Germany, 2011), The Curitiba Biennial (Brazil, 2011), the Perm Museum (Russia, 2012), l’Institut du Monde arabe (Paris, 2015), la Collection Lambert (Avignon, 2015), ArtSpace Boan (Seoul, 2016), and the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard (France, 2018).

Curated by Courtney Geraghty, FIAF Artistic Director.

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