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

Corps et Ames | Jerome Rapin

On View: July 4th  –  July 31st, 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]

Corps et Ames #8, 2018

Charcoal on paper

50 x 65cm

Jerome Rapin

Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

 

Corps et Ames

This new series of drawings and paintings comes after many years of experimentation with the visual representation of the body. Drawn to the subject of our own vulnerability by the disease of my mother, I kept on reflecting on this duality strength/fragility that our body encapsulates. Is our body the strong element and our soul the weak point or is it the opposite? does soul is giving us the strength to go through life, supporting an ever decaying body?

 

The necessity of provoking ‘accidents’ in the creative process, and changing the size of the support (for much larger sheets of paper up to 110x75cm and very large canvases) has allowed me to convey rawer emotion and implicate my own body into the artwork itself. The lines are stronger, the charcoal is bleeding black matter and the marks are conveying depth to the strokes. For the viewers, the drawings will print on their retinas just like the bodies are printed onto the sensitive core of the artist.

 

At the end of the realisation –they are made during life drawing sessions only- the final images seem to be abstract but they are deeply figurative, the selection of what is represented is simply disorientating. The depth and intensity of the bodies in space are transcripted onto the paper or the canvas with a lot of energy. The lines of the bodies are juxtaposed to re-create the impression recorded by my emotional core. When drawn onto canvases and converted into paintings, the images will be deepened by the oil colours added as a second layer, in a process of pushing further the emotional transcription. 

 

The resulting artworks are strong, tense and powerful representations of our inner sense of our own bodies through the spectra of our souls.

 

 


Jerome Rapin was born in Roanne, France in 1975. He continues, in parallel, the organization of life drawing sessions, and the first drawings and watercolors for the series ‘body extracts’ -referring to his mother’s fight – are born.

From 2007, in London and Cardiff, Jérôme exhibited in a professional setting through different galleries (Kooywood Gallery, Coleman, Degree Art Gallery …) and his work in drawings are shown in contemporary art fairs (London, Bristol).

 

During his London years, he continued drawing and painting and befriended the many artists who crossed his path. In 2011, he went to Saint Barths (French West Indies) to honor a position of interior designer. He finally settled on his own in 2015 to find time for painting, drawing and photography, three activities in which he now dedicates all his time. Several exhibitions of his latest works have taken place then. After leaving the island in September 2017, he settles in France near La Rochelle where he has set up his art studio, dedicating now 100% of his time to art, drawing and painting.

 

Jérôme was awarded the distinction of ‘painter of the year 2017’ by the French Art Magazine ‘Pratique des Arts’ with ‘Robb’ from the series ‘BEAUTEE CACHEE’, a gigantic oil on canvas portrait. He has also shown his work during the prestigious ‘Salon des Artistes Indépendants’ in Le Grand Palais in Paris early 2019.

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....