Jean-Serge SEILER - Peinture, Figuratif
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Jean-Serge SEILER

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    Born in 1932

    Art(s) : Painting Drawing
    Mouvement(s) : Figurative Various



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    Résidence Montana - Route des Créacteurs
    14800 Deauville

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  • Criticism

    Originally from Berry, Jean-Serge Seiler began painting at a relatively late date. In search of a “new identity”, the process that led him towards artistic creation turned out to be an essential turning-point for him. Between 1990 and 2001, he was trained in oil techniques by Sauveur Cardonna at the Atelier de Clères, then by Pierre Godet at the Academy of Visual Arts in Bois-Guillaume, where he also studied pastels with Daniel Caplain. Since 2001, he has regularly participated in the Salon of Rouen, and attracted attention at numerous regional exhibitions. Throughout his career, Jean-Serge Seiler has been the perfect demonstration that an artist can get to the point, and do so by representing a synthetic world that sweeps us up into an innovative cosmic vision. If Jean-Serge Seiler can be described as a “landscape painter,” then his very unique work renews the theme in a multitude of variations, drawing the eye towards distant and profound horizons. This new world vision raises questions and cannot fail to leave the observer indifferent. It is entirely consistent with the history of landscape art as it developed in the West, and emerges as a sublime culmination of a theme that has captivated artists since Patinir, the famous 16th century Flemish artist who is reputed to have invented the “landscape genre” by painting it for himself. It also has the Romantic echo of John Constable, who was fascinated by nature, and of Caspar David Friedrich, the German who confronted mankind with a universe that escaped him. Yet with Jean-Serge Seiler, there is no human presence to be seen . . . . The landscape, that of our origins or genesis, remains empty because he invites us to enter it for ourselves. And so we participate in an internalisation of nature, one that is called to commune with the observer’s soul. Imaginary landscapes are conjured onto canvas with each new creation, as though hatching after a long period of being incubated in Jean-Serge Seiler’s inner world. Each piece becomes the culmination of a dream as it leaves the silent torpor inhabiting its creator. Although small or medium in scale, his compositions leave us with the strange impression of immensity. Sky, earth and water are conveyed with power and beauty in an unsettling style which, although always figurative, attains a high level of starkness, coherent with the artist’s deliberately simplified drawings, the intention being to exalt reality and to confer it with symbolic value. The dreamlike quality of the pictorial language, which is a constant in Jean-Serge Seiler’s work, is rendered in flowing brushstrokes and subtle monochromes of reds, ochres, blues or greys according to the theme of each of his series. His work also reflects an ability to render atmospheric perspective through the gradual blurring of shapes, which fade into the mist. His use of white, the hueless colour banned since the end of the 19th century, becomes fundamental in creating lighting effects, in allowing the painting to “breathe”, and in giving a little freedom to the imagination. His works therefore give us the feeling of entering a pacified world, one that is both infinite and timeless. An insatiable explorer, Jean-Serge Seiler invites us to follow him not only on a demanding quest on a purely visual level, but also on a journey beyond time and space, elements that he conveys in his paintings through light, which for him becomes synonymous with eternity. His work is a veritable invitation to meditate on the human condition and its finitude, and the eloquent titles of his paintings or series reflect both his poetic dimension and the metaphysical reflection they suggest.

    Francine BUNEL-MALRAS, Historian of Art


    Exhibitions

    Du 17/11/2018 au 25/11/2018 : ROUXMESNIL-BOUTEILLE : 10è SALON AUTOMNAL A LA SALLE CORENTIN ANSQUER

    Du 02/06/2018 au 10/06/2018 : BOIS-GUILLAUME : 4è EDITION DU SALON "METROPOL'ART" A L'ESPACE GUILLAUME LE CONQUERANT

    Du 03/04/2018 au 26/04/2018 : CAEN : EXPOSITION JEAN-SERGE SEILER ET MARC CHIASSAI A LA GALERIE ART-CULTURE-FRANCE

    Du 17/11/2017 au 26/11/2017 : ROUXMESNIL-BOUTEILLES : 9è SALON AUTOMNAL AVEC LA PARTICIPATION DE JEAN-SERGE SEILER

    Du 04/11/2017 au 12/11/2017 : ROUEN : 24è SALON DE L'AMICALE DU QUARTIER JOUVENET AVEC JEAN-SERGE SEILER

    Du 19/11/2016 au 27/11/2016 : SAINT-OUEN DE THOUBERVILLE : 21è SALON CREA AU CENTRE REGIONAL D'EDUCATION ARTISTIQUE

    Du 13/12/2016 au 20/12/2016 : BIHOREL : JEAN-SERGE SEILER PARTICIPE AU SALON DU LION'S CLUB A LA GRANGE

    Du 23/04/2016 au 08/05/2016 : TINCHEBRAY-BOCAGE : 16è BIENNALE INTERNATIONALE DE PEINTURES ET SCULPTURES A LA SALLE LE COLYS'HAIES

    Du 05/03/2016 au 13/03/2016 : QUINCAMPOIX : JEAN-SERGE SEILER PARTICIPE AU 20è SALON DE PEINTURE A LA SALLE DES FETES

    Du 02/11/2015 au 20/11/2015 : ROUEN : SALON DE LA SOCIETE DES ARTISTES NORMANDS 2015 A L'HOTEL DU DEPARTEMENT

    Du 14/05/2015 au 25/05/2015 : MORGNY-LA-POMMERAYE : 21è SALON DE PEINTURE ET SCULPTURE A LA SALLE DES SPORTS

    Du 14/05/2015 au 25/05/2015 : MORGNY-LA-POMMERAYE : JEAN-SERGE SEILER PARTICIPE AU 21è SALON D'ART

    Du 15/11/2014 au 23/11/2014 : ROUXMESNIL-BOUTEILLES : JEAN-SERGE SEILER INVITE D'HONNEUR AU 6è SALON AUTOMNAL DE LA CREATION ARTISTIQUE

    Du 06/10/2014 au 23/10/2014 : ROUEN : SALON DE ROUEN A L'HOTEL DU DEPARTEMENT DE SEINE-MARITIME

    Du 03/06/2014 au 28/06/2014 : CAEN : EXPOSITION JEAN-SERGE SEILER ET CATHERINE CHANTALOU A LA GALERIE ART-CULTURE-FRANCE

    Du 26/04/2014 au 10/05/2014 : TINCHEBRAY : 15è BIENNALE INTERNATIONALE DE PEINTURE ET SCULPTURE

    Du 22/03/2014 au 23/03/2014 : SAINT-JEAN-DU-CARDONNAY : 30è EXPOSITION DE PEINTURE ET DE SCULPTURE AU FOYER RURAL

    Du 03/11/2013 au 11/11/2013 : CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX : 3è BIENNALE D'ARTS PLASTIQUES AVEC JEAN-SERGE SEILER A LA SALLE DE LA TOUR D'HARFLEUR

    Du 30/03/2013 au 01/04/2013 : RIEUX : JEAN-SERGE SEILER PARTICIPE AU SALON DE PEINTURE

    Du 16/03/2013 au 17/03/2013 : SAINT-JEAN DU CARDONNAY : 29è SALON DE PEINTURE ET SCULPTURE AU FOYER RURAL

    Du 28/07/2012 au 15/08/2012 : CRIEL-SUR-MER : 44è SALON DE PEINTURE ET SCULPTURE AU MANOIR DE BRIANCON

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