Giles Laroche, ‘Elements from a Volcano (Soufriere)’, Childs Gallery

About Giles Laroche

A children’s book illustrator and fine artist, Giles Laroche translates his interest in city structures, building ruins, and far-flung locales into paintings, drawings, and collages featuring maze-like paths littered with fossils, animals, plants, and detritus. Laroche’s paintings build upon art-historical precedents by merging the flat, abstract planes of cubism with the uneasy compositions of surrealism, and his titles reference and pay homage to artists such as Georges Braques and Giorgio de Chirico. The artist’s knowledge of abstract expressionism and admiration of Hans Hofmann bring depth and energy to his children’s book collages. Laroche layers cut-out sheets of paper that have been divided with spacers to create bas-relief works, earning himself the moniker “paper architect” for his understanding of construction.

American, b. 1956

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