Alain Séchas

1955 · France

Artist biography

Alain Séchas is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from France, like other celebrated artists such as NH (Nicole Pon Horvath), Iztok ŠOSTAREC, Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Julien Salaud, and Olivier Thieffry. Alain Séchas was born in 1955.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Alain Séchas is represented by two galleries. These are Baronian Xippas in Belgium and GDM | Paris in France. Alain Séchas' work has most recently been exhibited at Baronian Xippas in Brussels (02 March 2018 until 14 April 2018) with the exhibition MAJORETTE. Alain Séchas' only other exhibition is Collection 100 %, which took place at GDM | Paris in France (01 January 2018 - 31 March 2018).

Historical Context of France

France has been a significant nation in the unfolding of modernism. Throughout the nineteenth century, France fostered the foundations of what is currently known as the avant-garde, including movements such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by critically acclaimed artists. During the first part of the twentieth century, Paris was a fundamental intellectual and cultural hub, originating cutting-edge movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others. These movements emerged at the beginning of the century, in the period immediately preceding the Second World War. Major French artistic figures from the beginning of the century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque (Spanish national who settled in France) Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier amidst a multitude of others.

Further Biographical Context for Alain Séchas

Born in 1955, Alain Séchas' creative work was largely influenced by the 1970s. Conceptualism is often perceived as a response to Minimalism, and the leading art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that ensued were all representative of a strong desire to progress and strengthen the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous 1960s. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, including some of its most essential aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outdoors, initiating early philosophies of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given a second chance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism almost two decades, the genre reclaimed its distinction through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the critically acclaimed artists from the 1960s, who had gained success and fame, kept their status in the 1970s. Andy Warhol was a key figure of those two decades, and in the 1970s started to experiment with film and magazine publishing, thus engaging in a cross-platform activity that no other visual artist OF his standard had previously undertaken. By doing so, he secured his status as a celebrity. The critically engaged Mono-Ha movement, comprised of Japanese and Korean artists, flourished in Tokyo in the 1970s. Discarding traditional ideas of representation, the artists favoured a depiction of the world through an engagement with materials and an examination of their properties. The artworks would often consist of encounters between natural and industrial materials such as stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, mostly unaltered intact.

Alain Séchas

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