Jerome Rapin

Untitled #2, 2018
oil on canvas
Jerome Rapin
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Untitled #3, 2018
oil on canvas
Jerome Rapin

Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Corps et Ames #1

Charcoal on paper

2019

50 x 65cm

Jerome Rapin

Z gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Corps et Ames #3

Charcoal on paper

2019

50 x 65cm

Jerome Rapin

Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Corps et Ames #2

Charcoal on paper

2019

50 x 65cm

Jerome Rapin

Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Corps et Ames #4

Charcoal on paper

2019

50 x 65cm

Jerome Rapin

Z gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Corps et Ames #8

Charcoal on paper

2019

50 x 65cm

Jerome Rapin

Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Corps et Ames #9

Charcoal on paper

2019

50 x 65cm

Jerome Rapin

Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Corps et Ames #16

Charcoal on paper

2019

50 x 65cm

Jerome Rapin

Z gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Corps et Ames #23

Charcoal on paper

2019

50 x 65cm

Jerome Rapin

Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Corps et Ames #7

Charcoal on paper

2019

50 x 65cm

Jerome Rapin

Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Femme assise sure un banc, 2019

Jerome Rapin

130 x 97cm

oil on linen canvas

Z gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Femme dans chambre grise 1, 2019

Jerome Rapin

130 x 97cm

oil on linen canvas

Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Femme Dans Chambre Grise 2, 2019

Jerome Rapin

130 x 97cm

oil on linen canvas

Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Femme Dans Chambre Grise 4, 2019

Jerome Rapin

130 x 97cm

oil on linen canvas

Z gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Femme dans chambre grise 3, 2019

Jerome Rapin

130 x 97cm

oil on linen canvas

Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Femme Dans Chambre Grise 5, 2019

Jerome Rapin

130 x 97cm

oil on linen canvas

Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Possible Cause of Life | Jerome Rapin

On View: Sept 12th –  Oct 11th, 2019 

Gallery Hours:   Fri – Sat 11 AM – 5 PM. And by Appointment

Location: 102 – 1688 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6J 1G1

Contacts: [email protected]

Femme assise sure un banc, 2019

Oil on linen canvas

Jerome Rapin

Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

 

Jérôme Rapin’s preferred medium is the drawing. He draws with a quick line and captures the

body of his models at the moment. The body is the real subject of this series, not the face, but

the feminine flesh recognizable by a posture, an attribute, a frozen movement, a whole that

characterizes the body in its entirety. The colour appears in this series by the use of painting, a

painting with very Baconian inspirations and where we clearly feel the influence of Lucian

Freud which the artist admires. It could determine a carnation similar to the way that it’s treated

by the Bulgarian artist Oda Jaune. Both, Jérôme Rapin and Oda Jaune need to show what is

hidden under the surface of appearances. Then the pink shades mingle with the gray and pull

towards the green to embrace an unconventional body. No stereotype, no smooth and sublimated

aesthetics but assembled fragments of coloured skins that translate an ambiguity: how can the

body be so resistant and so fragile at the same time? Sometimes skin hides the worst pain. Here,

it is the disease that transpires, the one that Jerome Rapin was able to observe closely because he

sees his mother in the fight against cancer since a very young age. It is especially from her that

he has learned the danger of medication, and from her that he has understood the pangs of

allopathic medicine that heals somewhere to destroy elsewhere. Then the pieces of the painted

skins, those of the “woman in the gray room” intertwine together in a common murmur, that of

an ever alive body that reads each being to its materiality and finiteness.

 

art critic Sandra Barre

Born in 1975, Roanne, France
Lives and works in France

education

2003-2007

UWIC : Cardiff University of Arts and Medias, BA hons interior design, Museography/scenography Cardiff UK

1997-2000

Ecole Centrale Marseille. Masters Physics, FRANCE

1994-1997

Math sup/spé Fauriel St Etienne, FRANCE

1993

Baccalauréat, Roanne, FRANCE

professional experience

2015-2017 

president-founder of ELEDONE, 3D and art visualization for design art and architecture, St Barthélemy, FWI

2010-2015

Senior interior architect, ODP, St Barthélemy FWI

2007-2010

Interior architect, CASSON-MANN London UK

2005-2007

junior designer, Paramount Office Design, Cardiff UK

exhibition

2019

-Corps et Ames | Jerome Rapin, July 4th – July 31st. 2019 Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC

-‘Art CAPITAL’ : Salon des Artistes indépendants. Group show, Grand Palais, Paris,

FRANCE

2018 

-‘Des nuits sans voir le jour’, Solo exhibition, Porte Maubec, La Rochelle, FRANCE

-‘Beauté Cachée’ Solo show, ABBAYE ROYALE de St-Michel-en-l’Herm, FRANCE

-‘Solid’art’ (Foundation for organ donation) Group show, Porte Maubec, la Rochelle,

FRANCE

-‘Artist of the year’ in Pratique des Arts Magazine, for the portrait ‘Robb’

2017

-‘Beauté cachée’ with photographer M. Gramm, Coco Eden Gallery, St Barthélemy,

FWI

-‘An Introduction to Photography’ Group show, SPACE gallery, St Barths FWI

-‘St Barthélemy’ Solo exhibition, PopUp Gallery, St Barths FWI

2011

-Collective Summer exhibition. Virson, France

2009

– London Art Fair with Degree Art Gallery, London UK

2008

-Watercolour Art Fair with Degree Art Gallery, London UK

2008-2011

-Group shows, Degree Art Gallery, London UK

2007

-‘Stark’ Solo Exhibition, CG Fine Art Gallery, London UK

-University of Wales: Degree show, Cardiff UK

2005-2007

-Group shows, Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff UK

2005

-‘Drawings’ Solo Exhibition, Amoeba, Bristol UK

2004

-‘Drawings’ Solo Exhibition, The Strawberry Gallery, Bristol UK

-‘1000 blacks and Whites’, Solo Exhibition, ‘151’, Bristol UK

  • Jerome Rapin was elected the winner out of 3400 fellow artists, for the year’s contest of the best painting, with ‘Beauté cachée : Robb’. This painting, made in collaboration with Robb Jerome Rapin’s friend song writer/singer, as the subject, and his friend professional photographer Mickaël......

  • Jerome Rapin’s painting ‘Beauté Cachée : Robb II’ was selected by the magazine to be part of the double page (50-51) to present the ‘salon des artistes indépendants’ of the massive collective show ‘ART CAPITAL’ in Paris February 2019....

Le médium de prédilection de Jérôme Rapin est le dessin qu’il trace d’un trait rapide et vif et qui saisit le corps de ces modèles dans l’instant. Et c’est bien le corps qui est présent dans cette série, non pas le visage, mais les chairs féminines reconnaissables à une posture, à un attribut, à un mouvement figé, à un tout qui caractérise le corps dans son ensemble.

 

La couleur apparaît dans cette série par l’usage de la peinture, une peinture aux inspirations très baconiennes et où l’on sent très nettement l’influence de Lucian Freud que l’artiste admire. Elle pourrait déterminer une carnation proche de celle que traite l’artiste bulgare Oda Jaune, qui partage avec Jérôme Rapin la nécessité de montrer non pas ce qui se lit à la surface des apparences, mais ce qui se cache en dessous. Alors les nuances rosées se mêlent au gris et tirent vers le vert pour embrasser un corps non conventionnel.

 

Nul stéréotype, nulle esthétique lisse et sublimée, mais plutôt des fragments assemblés de peaux colorées qui traduisent une ambiguïté : comment le corps peut-il être si résistant et si fragile à la fois ? Parfois, la peau dissimule les pires maux. Ici, c’est la maladie qui transpire, celle que Jérôme Rapin a pu observer de près puisque depuis très jeune, il voit souffrir sa mère dans la maladie et dans sa lutte contre le cancer. C’est notamment d’elle qu’il a appris les morsures qu’impose une lourde médicamentation, et d’elle encore qu’il a compris les affres de la médecine allopathique qui soigne quelque part pour détruire ailleurs. Alors, les morceaux de corps peint, ceux de la « femme dans la chambre grise » s’imbriquent ensemble dans un murmure commun, celui d’un corps toujours vivant qui relit chaque être à sa matérialité et à sa finitude.

 

Sandra Barre