- Tara Méditerranée
Emmanuel wanted to draw islands— fragments of land located between sea and sky. He also drew certain sites in ruins in Beirut to create his own database and continue his research on the subject.
In black and white
Emmanuel Régent lives and works in Villefranche-sur-Mer and Paris. He graduated from the Paris Ecole des Beaux Arts in 2001; received the Prix ‘Découverte’ from the Friends of the Palace de Tokyo in 2009; and was finalist for the Canson Prize in 2013.
Multidisciplinary artist Emmanuel Régent uses both classic techniques and cutting edge technological protocols. At the same time figurative, minimalist and deliberately lacunar, his drawings are done with a black felt-tip pen. Their movement and rendering evoke the crackling noise of digital pixels. The Nebula paintings are made up of different strata of monochrome paint on canvas, sanded in places to reveal the colors hidden under the layers.
Scientific imagery, spatial views, heat curves, the internet and digital technology strongly influence his practice. « I’m looking to see how these technologies can infiltrate a classic approach to painting, sculpture and drawing. » The maritime universe also influences his work and is reflected in the subjects, shapes and materials used.
Valles Marineris, for example, is a monumental stainless steel sculpture inspired by a block of cut stone discovered during a dive in the harbor of Villefranche-sur-Mer, the city where the artist’s studio is located. He has also been working for many years on a series of drawings entitled «The Path of my Rounds» representing rocks along the edge of the sea.