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Clément Poplineau


Clément Poplineau (1991, Lyon, FR) paints Renaissance-like, realistic portraits of French

banlieue youngsters. His characters look like they are hiding something; what seeps out

of their composure, is sheer complexity. Clément Poplineau uses historical métier for

contemporary tableaus. Fanta, scraps of fast food, and Adidas wrap around his mute but

biting figures. Centuries and social hierarchies are put on equal footing. And as the origin

of portraiture indicates, Clément Poplineau’s paintings think about power, class, and

identity — only he sharpens it. By sacralizing the “symbolic activities” that make up the

banlieue’s youngster identities — from social exclusion to visual and bodily language —

his paintings revaluate (un)ruly habits.

Clément Poplineau completed his painting studies in Brussels in 2018. He has exhibited

at Palace in Brussels where he had a solo exhibition and has been a part of a number of

group shows, among which at Académie Royale des Beaux Arts (2019), SB34 (2018),

Montana Shop (2018) and Lycée Molière (2018).


2019 Académie Royale des Beaux Arts « OHNOPICASSO », Bruxelles 2019

2018 SB34, «100% de confluence», Bruxelles 2018

2018 Palace, «Du bon côté de la mer, du mauvais côté du périphérique», Bruxelles

Fondation Moonens, «Saturne», Bruxelles 2017

Montana Shop Gallery, Bruxelles 2016

Lycée Molière, «Molière Project», Bruxelles


2018 «Le bitume renaissant», article de Flora Eveno pour la rtbf, paru le 11/09/18 2017

La limite, module de recherche, Académie royale des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles