"At the time of my architectural studies, I was fascinated by descriptive geometry—systems of representation—and I used it for my painting. But the human body is also an architectural work, and many buildings were inspired by its image: from the inner part (the heart) to the view (the highest part)… imagine buildings as solitary places that are then adapted the city. The work of geometry is indispensable to comprehending the infinitely deep. And my painting are a certain form of architecture. Moreover, I conceive of my paintings as writing." - Taulé
The Catalonian painter presents an astonishing exhibition of Type-C prints augmented by oil paint. Each work, like his paintings, is unique.
Renowned for his chiaroscuros, Antoni Taulé's game is played between light and shadows in highly structured places, opening up entirely new perspectives. At the center of the image, a fountain of light draws the eye. Taulé paints in oil directly on the print: erasing a character there, adding an imaginary perspective there, and there opening a door into a garden.
After the triple exhibition "Interior" (2016), joined by friends Christian Boltanksi, Jean-Claude Carrière, Sarah Moon ou Erro, "Insula Lux" marks a new stage in Taulé's work. Darkness fades; the light arrives and catches the eye.
Born in Sabadell, Barcelone in 1945, Antoni Taulé has produced a constant output of paintings and exhibitions. His works are in numerous public collections in both France (Centre national d’art contemporain, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Fonds national d’Art contemporain, Villa Tamaris centre d’art, Musée de Pau, Musée de Besançon…) and Spain (Museu de la Diputacio, Fundation La Caixa, Banc de Sabadell, Consell Insular de Formentera, Institut Cervantes…).
Taulé's work explores the relationships between shadow and light, interior and exterior, and presence and absence, showing spaces plunged into darknesses from which light beams emanate, illuminating scenes that are sometimes populated by individuals—isolated and lonely—and most often empty of any presence.
The photographs presented by Taulé in this exhibition were taken during the 1970s and onwards. Originating as working tools allowing Taulé to apprehend the space and to catch the light in order to better prepare his paintings, the artist’s photographs have become works in their own right. The end merges with the means. The artist considers photography and painting as a continuum that springs from the transparency of silver films. So much so that the painting reclaims its rights and the photographs are "raised" with oil. The border between the real and the imaginary fades.
Taulé was born on August 25, 1945 in Sabadell, Barcelona. His father imparted the taste for painting to Antoni as a boy as the young artist watched him paint. After his primary studies, he began studying architecture in Barcelona and graduated in 1970. In 1965, he arrived in Paris and worked in architectural firms. It was Sartre's Paris, the end of the Algerian war, the construction of Unesco, the year of Le Corbusier's death and the end of Chandigarh, the French Cinematheque and Antonioni's films. Since the age of 14, he has never stopped painting and made his first personal exhibition in 1966 at the Academie de Belles Arts in Sabadell.
Upon receiving his degree in architecture, he worked on the construction of l’Université autonome de Barcelone for a year. In 1971, he was asked to work on the development of a large shipyard on the small island of Formentera. There he met Laetitia Ney of Elchingen, who he would go on to marry. He devoted himself entirely to painting, and Formentera, like Paris, became one of his favorite places in both his life and to work.
His first exhibition in Paris was in 1975 with Mathias Fels, presented to him by Hervé Télémaque—showing many paintings of his young daughter Djamilla, then three years old. The exhibition was titled, Espace hors temps (Space out of Time), with a foreword by Alain Jouffroy. In 1976, Taulé exhibited Contre-Jour (Against Day) at Fabien Boulakia on rue Bonaparte with a preface by Gérald Gassiot-Talabot and in Barcelona at the Aimé Maeght gallery—an exhibition visited by Joan Miró and Alexander Calder. In 1977, he exhibited at the Beaubourg gallery, with then associates Nahon and Trigano. In 1983, he met Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar, who wrote the novella Fin d’étape (End of Stage) for Taulé That same year, he was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by Jack Lang.
From 1983 onwards, Taulé worked for the theater, with The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov at the Centre Dramatique National des Alpes, for Rudolf Nureyev in Paris at the Palais Garnier, Théâtre du Rond-Point for Nathalie Sarraute, in New York at the Metropolitan Opera for Rudolf Nureyev, at the Samuel Beckett Theater for Simone Benmussa and Glenn Close, in Madrid at Centro Dramatico, as well as Teatre Nacional de Catalunya in Barcelona and other theaters in Barcelona and Venice.
Taulé's studio is located in Malakoff, France. His works are featured in major private collections and major international public institutions in the United States, Japan, China, France, and Spain. Throughout his career, his work has been the subject of several major retrospectives.