The work of Gilles Teboul is a perfect hybridization of elements as diverse as the minimalist aesthetic of artists such as John McCracken and Dan Flavin, and the delicate shading and fluorescent colors of the OS X. His ordered, shiny, lacquered paintings are composed of pigments bonded together by an acrylic resin which is absorbed into the canvas for many hours. Balanced on a flat plane, Teboul pours on paint which spreads over the surface without his intervention.
The paintings reach their definitive form upon conception, alleviating gesture and allowing the undercoat to rise to the surface. Any hint of the artist’s hand is removed, while the luminosity created seems to be conjured from light itself. Color, in its purest form, distributes itself onto the canvas. His choice of materials creates a visual vocabulary distinctly his own–pale pink is rendered with an undercurrent of deep purple, while midnight blue emerges into spring green.
Depending on the angle of light, the paintings shift dramatically within a spectrum of colors and hues. What appears as monochromatic is belied by the richness of tone that literally seems to vibrate under the surface. The picture plane appears to glow with its own illumination, making a close examination crucial to the viewer’s understanding and experience of the work. Light itself becomes the subject, which places Teboul’s artistic preoccupations clearly within the framework of many important 20th and 21st century artists such as Mark Rothko, Larry Bell and David Simpson.
Gilles Teboul was born in 1961 in Paris, where he currently lives and works.
Gilles Teboul – Gravity
Exhibition Dates: October 17 to November 17, 2018
Artist Reception: Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 5pm – 7pm
Nancy Toomey Fine Art
1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA