January 11 through February 16, 2018
2718 Elliott Avenue, Seattle WA 98121
+1 206 485 7498
About the show
Didier Hamey was born in Dunkerque (North of France) means being born to carnivals, festivals, music, dance, and weird little personae, amusement, feast. In 40 years, he has never missed one.
Naturally, Didier Hamey has been inspired by this carnival, which origins came back from the 17th century (an ordinance dated from January 16, 1676, gave the rules to the carnival) when men went fishing in Iceland. Before leaving for 6 months, the men celebrated nights and days, with friends and family in case they died during their work.
It is not only the well-known carnival in Dunkerque that has inspired its mysterious and oneiric art full of poetry but his love for nature and especially nature and animals.
During his one-year residency at the Casa Velasquez in Madrid, Spain, Didier Hamey discovered new carnival characters taking their roots in the country history and nature. He then created new meticulous and detailed lines of drypoint works in a series titled “Les Bonhommes”.
This exhibition coincides with the beginning in carnivals around the world: New Orleans’ carnival starts on January 5, Venice’s carnival on January 27, the one’s in Rio beginning of February.
The exhibition “Les Bonshommes “ is co-curated by Phylogeny Contemporary and Art Vitam.
About the artist
Didier Hamey is born in 1962 in Dunkerque (north of France) and is graduated from Saint Luc, Tournai (Belgium) and from the prestigious Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris.
During his studies in Paris, Didier Hamey made the acquaintance of drawing, cutting objects and materials, he then decided not to follow sculpture or painting studies but to embrace drawing and etching.
His savoir-faire is peerless therefore his works are collected by institutions and museums including the Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Museum of Dreux, la Bibliothèque Nationale, le Musée de la Gravure de Gravelines. He also has realized the illustration of the annual report of the Banque de France.
About Phylogeny Contemporary
Phylogeny Contemporary generates a creative dialogue between artists, gallery and the public through solo and group shows of cutting-edge, forward-thinking art. Integral to the gallery’s cultural program is its philanthropic community engagement.
Inaugurated in February 2016m Phylogeny Contemporary has evolved over a decade in the art industry seasoned through international experimental projects and esteemed art fairs. This working classroom in the art world has shaped my perspective and intention with the artist I exhibit and why. I have been able to meet a select international group of artist to welcome to my exhibitions.
Phylogeny Contemporary located in Belltown, Seattle one block south of Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, breaks from the established arts and cultural districts in Seattle. Instead, Phylogeny Contemporary is a new component to Seattle waterfront’s economic revival currently under city redevelopment.
About Art Vitam
Art Vitam was opened in the Wynwood Art District, Miami in 2002, the same year Art Basel Miami Beach launched the European art fair in America. Emerging and mid-career artists from Europe and the US are part of the gallery roster. Thanks to continuous work with private and public institutions as well with collectors and designers, some of them are now showing in museums in the United States, Japan or China.
Sophie Blachet has a specific love from art on papers that she collects herself. Being an expert of numerous photo festivals including the Palm Spring Photo Fest or having worked with high-end interior designers, her passion for papers has increasingly developed over the decade, therefore, she decides to concentrate on works on paper.
“I feel really connected to any art on paper as the guilds were in the Middle Age. I love the idea to feel the artist’s hand, the fibers” explains Sophie Blachet