Philippe Cognée

French, b. 1957

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Philippe Cognée

French, b. 1957

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Philippe Cognée translates photographs and videos he takes of his surroundings into evocative, layered paintings. For his early paintings and roughly hewn wooden sculptures, he chose figures and mythological scenes as his primary subject matter. Later he began working in encaustic, an ancient process in which pigment is mixed with beeswax and fixed with heat after application to the canvas. Referring to the medium—a difficult and unusual choice—Cognée highlights its ephemeral, diffuse visual qualities, allowing him “to make things disappear in light.”

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Biography

Philippe Cognée translates photographs and videos he takes of his surroundings into evocative, layered paintings. For his early paintings and roughly hewn wooden sculptures, he chose figures and mythological scenes as his primary subject matter. Later he began working in encaustic, an ancient process in which pigment is mixed with beeswax and fixed with heat after application to the canvas. Referring to the medium—a difficult and unusual choice—Cognée highlights its ephemeral, diffuse visual qualities, allowing him “to make things disappear in light.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Istanbul Biennial
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