L’Alvéole: Antoine Poupel: Facet by Facet

L’Alvéole: Antoine Poupel: Facet by Facet
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L’Alvéole: Antoine Poupel: Facet by Facet

My Neighbor Sam Szafran (1934-2019) was a rare man, artist, and pal.
We frequently had lunch collectively and had agreed to color his portrait.
Extra involved with our shared pleasant moments speaking about our lives, our background, present occasions, than freezing a second; time has handed too rapidly. Sam retired and it was his coffin that I photographed.

Throughout a go to to his widow Lilette, overwhelmed by the remorse of not having any photographic reminiscences of my pal Sam, discovering myself in his studio, I used to be overcome with the will to {photograph} this place. It’s a charged and magical universe that’s present in most of his work: countless stairs, lush vegetation, quite a few easels and tons of of truffles. I took tons of of images of his studio, a wonderful place the place his presence resides.

Sam Szafran was thought-about the most effective French pastellist.

It was an awesome honor, and an excessive amount of pleasure, when Lilette allowed me to come back and work in Sam’s studio and particularly to make use of her pastels.

I labored on my photographs by placing strokes on them with their pastels. Subsequently, I meant to proceed our bond of friendship, to be united in my work, to pay homage to Sam… to present him a colourful and energetic presence…

A Sam Sazfran retrospective will happen in Paris on the orangerie in October 2022.

I had the chance to be the visitor of honor on the Le Havre photograph pageant for a private exhibition on the Jardins Suspendus du Havre in 2019. At the moment, I confirmed my sequence on the seasons of Japan.

These hanging gardens which have change into well-known are extraordinary, particularly the greenhouses.

I had the thought to remake an exhibition there photographing these gardens in my very own method and make it the summer time exhibition of 2022, the exhibition could be referred to as “Face to Face”. A tribute to Sam, whose workshop is sort of a greenhouse in entrance of the greenhouses and gardens of Le Havre.

When he set to work, he usually had the chance to satisfy and speak with native gardeners. I found extraordinary folks via the fervour for his or her career. I began doing portraits of two gardeners. So my work lastly targeted on the bulk, now there are 30.

In arguing with them, I didn’t need to paint a passive portrait however a collaborative one. I selected the locations within the backyard that they favored and blended them as much as make a play.

The exhibition is now referred to as “Costa a costa”.

By myself initiative, I made a decision to supply every of them a signed and autographed stamp on the opening day. I think about a second of emotion for all.

Antoine Poupel

The exhibition is offered at L’Alvéole 13 from Saturday, July 2, 2022 to August 28, 2022, and is open every day from 10:30 a.m. to six:00 p.m. with free admission at 65 rue du fort, 29 rue Albert Copieux in Le Havre.

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