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Human Cactus
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Mathieu Garret
Mathieu Garret
If Art has to be the only true form of truth and honesty, then painting is a conversation, a more or less disguised fight. Through the creative process, there’s no other way but to be honest with yourself and the artwork that is being created. |...
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From the Bodies Series, this painting was born from a commission received from a Korean indie-experimental rock band who wanted me to make the cover of their album, entitled "Human Cactus". I had fun taking the title of the album literally and creating a character who would be a cactus man. Symbolically, it represents an individual that cannot be approached because it repels all contact with its peaks. Human Cactus, 2021, mixed media on paper, 50 x 50 cm.
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Mathieu Garret

Mathieu Garret

France
If Art has to be the only true form of truth and honesty, then painting is a conversation, a more or less disguised fight. Through the creative process, there’s no other way but to be honest with yourself and the artwork that is being created. | Being humble is essential. The creative process is stronger than the painter. The painting itself is ruled by truths that we can’t apprehend. There’s something above that dictates its needs too. | The format and the medium do not matter. They vary depending on the intention, because each feeling requires a certain expression. Just like the same colour can mean an infinite number of things, one character exists on different levels and one painting can reveal several dimensions. | There’s no right or wrong interpretations of my work. It’s ok not to understand. No one needs to understand. The “why” doesn’t matter. Art should be related to a moment out of time. When everything stands still. It’s every painter’s mission to remind people that Art is something we can’t completely grasp. I don’t plan on defining anything. I don’t expect no specific reaction. Intimacy is the goal, the subject and the language. The move is the key. | S O L O S H O W S | 

 2019 Fiction / n/a gallery - Seoul, KOREA | 
 2018 Phantom Nostalgia / Fort Houston Art Center - Nashville, USA | 
 2012 m.o.v. & mobile / Galerie du Couloir - Paris, FRANCE

 | G R O U P S H O W S

 | 2021 En attendant… / Espace Immanence - Paris, FRANCE | 
 2018 La Figure et la Rose / Museum of nonconformist Art - St Petersburg, RUSSIA
 | 2015 La Vague Française / URBANE ART GALLERY - Edinburgh, UK
 | 2012 Paper Thin - Sydney, AUSTRALIA
 | Up Close Thin - Sydney, AUSTRALIA | P U B L I C A T I O N S

 | 2018 FUDGE Magazine Vol. 104 - Artist Profile
 | 2017 FUDGE Magazine Vol. 092 - Artist Profile
 | 2015 Gamma Magazine by Marco Salvetti- Interview + Artist Profile | 
 2012 Boum!Bang! by Clare Mary Puyfoulhoux- Signe Noir + Video Profile | 
 TENWORDSANDONESHOT by Kevin Krumnikl - Artist Presentation
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