Bertrand Fournier (1985, France) began painting in his early 30s and he is entirely self-taught; his hobby soon became an obsession which led to public recognition through Instagram.
Bertrand Fournier views painting as a task of translation, finding ways to transform data into a canvas. At the rate of 12 hours a day in the studio, Bertrand Fournier creates in a sense of urgency.
When Fournier started posting his images on Instagram three years ago, he was quickly spotted by gallerists around the world: Germany, London, New York, Australia, Belgium, France.
“My work goes a little in all directions, that's why I work in series. It allows me not to lock myself in a technique, a palette - I prefer to keep a certain freedom.Each series takes me to another. However now the fact of preparing solo shows makes me work differently because if these series are the basis of my work, I detach myself to prepare my shows, to give them a proper meaning. I mainly use oil because I like its appearance and the fact that it keeps the imprint of the brush intact.
An art critic has qualified my work as “suggestive abstract”, I like it very much because there is often a direct symbolism in my paintings. At first glance, they could appear to be a pure and hard abstract work. However, once people discover the title of my paintings they realize that they are actually facing a figurative work.” — Bertrand Fournier
2021 Méchoui, Alzueta Gallery, Barcelona.
2020 Matryoshkas, Sebastian Fath Contemporary, Mannheim.On & Off, Galeria Miquel Alzueta, Barcelona.YogUrt, The other space, Andersen’s, Copenhagen.Childhood memories, Piermarq, Sydney.
2019 Golf party, Tick Tack, Antwerp.Happy, Sebastian Fath Contemporary, Mannheim.Some pieces of my minds, Delphian Gallery, London.
2018 The game can begin, Zweisieben Gallery, Karlsruhe.
2021 Seasons: the wander of looking, Museum Dhondt-Dhaennens, Platform 6a, Otegem.
2020 Volta NY, Piermarq, New-York.ArtParis, Grand Palais, Paris.
2019 Galerientage, Sebastian Fath Contemporary, Mannheim.Monochrom II, Sebastian Fath Contemporary, Mannheim.L’invitation, galerie Sabine Bayasli, Paris.Tinta negra, Las formas de la luz, Galeria Miquel Alzueta, Barcelona.Catamaran, TS Studio, London.
2018 Cosmik debris, VSOP project, Greenport. The white show, Sebastian Fath Contemporary, Mannheim. A return to smooth space, The Dot Project, London. Weiss, Sebastian Fath Contemporary, Mannheim. Hashtag, Sebastian Fath Contemporary, Mannheim. Hide & seek, Arscoco, Madrid. 2017 Art cabinet, Arscoco, Madrid. GIFC Vancouver. GIFC Copenhagen