Electric Muses, Quinacridone Flowers & Other Addictions

Electric Muses, Quinacridone Flowers & Other Addictions

29 April - 30 May 2008

Cyril Olanier

jaggedart is delighted to present our first solo exhibition by French artist Cyril Olanier.

The initial response to Cyril Olanier's painting is an admiration of their virtuoso beauty, the perfect technique. Layer upon layer of paint is lovingly applied, veiling the underlying almost photographic image.

The images range from a rose in full, sumptuous bloom, to the female face, often with head tilted back, face glowing. The sensual, the erotic, shine through the paint, one is seduced and also romanced by the world within Olanier's canvases.

As the French critic Jean-Charles Vergne wrote: "At first glance, things look fairly simple. Cyril Olanier's paintings allow themselves to be grasped visually and intellectually - and why not sexually - with simple clarity. First, the themes tackled by the artist are recurrent. They echo each other in long series giving the whole set of paintings a peculiar beat, a pulse lacking apparent arrhythmia. Roses together with landscapes coexist with women's face, either glowing with the ecstasy of sexual climax or looking more serene, with their eyes wide open, or even asleep. Nothing too spectacular actually, except the initial surprise caused by the erotic icons… The style too seems to be marked with certain obviousness, dra