HUGO GALERIE is pleased to announce its Summer Collective II, which includes the work of several Hugo artists, including Jean-Daniel BOUVARD, Beth CARTER, Fabienne DELACROIX, Michel DELACROIX, GOXWA, Albert HADJIGANEV, Julia LEVITINA, Joseph PAXTON, Xavier RODÉS, and Philippe VASSEUR.
French artist Jean-Daniel BOUVARD developed a passion for drawing and painting as a young boy. His training in architectural studies is evident in his work; his lines are clean and simple and he has a strong mastery of perspective. He was awarded the Prix du Portrait from the Paul-Louis Weller Institut de France in 1991 and in 1995 he received the Prix Gabriel Oliver from the Foundation Prince Pierre de Monaco.
British artist Beth Carter is well-known for her fantastical sculptures, in bronze and resin, that unite human and animal forms. Carter’s sculptures, deeply rooted in mythology, are part of a genre the artist describes as “magical realism.” The artist’s unique body of work creates an alternate reality – one that invites the viewer to partake in a journey to a strange, dreamlike world where the lines between man and beast, reality and the subconscious and the possible and impossible are no longer clear.
French artist Fabienne Delacroix is internationally known for her charming and nostalgic depictions of the French country and seaside. While her style is similar to that of her father, celebrated and master of the Naïf style Michel Delacroix, Fabienne has proven herself as an independently unique and talented artist. Her most recent collections include cityscapes and her bucolic French landscapes, for which she is most known. Her paintings are a celebration of the importance of nature and the pastoral countryside. The importance of the purity and peacefulness of nature are the key pieces to her enchanting paintings.
Michel DELACROIX started painting at the early age of seven just as the German Occupation of Paris began. Educated at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Delacroix spent years experimenting with several different painting styles until, at the age of 35, he began producing works in the Naïf tradition, his characteristic style. His work can be found in several public and private collections including the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain in Paris and the Musée International d’Art Naïf.
Albert HADJIGANEV studied photography in Sofia, Bulgaria and was influenced by the work of his painter father and his sculptor brother. As a minimalist, Hadjiganev captures the simple moments of daily life with only a few elements. With perfect technique and deep sensitivity, he freely transfigures reality to create a mysterious environment filled with grace. The sparkling vistas of his landscapes spark feelings of longing and peace in the viewer. His photographic training is also evident in the composition of his interior works. He leads viewers into his paintings, often through a geometric shape- a window, a door, a table or the frame of a picture are all openings that capture a still moment within a limited visual frame while opening up a new perspective to the viewer.
Ukrainian sculptor Julia LEVITINA creates powerful and elegant figurative work in bronze. In her Philadelphia studio, Levitina is involved in every step of her craft of casting and finishing her bronzes, including melting and pouring metal. Levitina’s bronzes can be found in various public and private collections in the US and in Europe. In 2015, she was awarded the Alex J. Ettl Grant from the National Sculpture Society. Julia Levitina currently lives and works in Philadelphia, splitting her time between the United States and France.
British artist Joseph Paxton’s work explores both the physical and psychological juxtapositions of strength, vulnerability, simplicity and complexity within animals and humans. Often drawing parallels between the two species, he explores behaviors, emotions, and states of being, delineated through physical dynamic. The connection between living beings and their environment and the exploration of the human animal are common themes in his work.
Philippe VASSEUR is a French artist from Lisieux, France. The son of a woodworker, his father’s artistry served as his earliest inspiration. The artist explores time and the great condition of human existence, leaving the viewer enthralled in the beauty of what is both ambiguous and specific. Vasseur’s buildings and landscapes, which depict scenes from Paris, Deauville and Morocco, obey rules and real perspective; yet at the same time defy nature in its boldness.
Spanish Xavier RODÉS was born in Barcelona, Spain. Rodés’ unique style is characterized by his groundbreaking treatment of light, precise drawing and thematic originality. In spite of being a figurative artist, his paintings suggest non-conventional ideas, as he focuses on the composition and the chromatic harmony rather than pure description. His paintings are present in many private and public collections and in galleries worldwide, including USA, France, Switzerland, and Argentina.