FRANÇOIS ANTON b. 1944 Algeria

Born in 1944 in Algeria, François Anton eventually settled in the South of France, where he now lives and works. He has been painting for over forty years. Since 1975, Anton has exhibited his work in galleries in France, Switzerland and Germany as well as in several prominent art fairs.

His work recalls the innocence and playfulness of childhood juxtaposed with the struggles of modern life. The frenetic energy of Anton’s subjects complements the loneliness and mystery surrounding his characters. These seemingly opposing forces are balanced by the artist’s light-hearted sense of humor. His oil on canvas pieces (often featuring mixed media components) capture the mischief of comic strips while remaining decidedly intelligent, witty and skillfully executed pieces of art.

A lone subject, a man sitting or in movement, with outlandish Uncle Jacques Tati, encumbered by his awkward body and his marge feet, yet comfortable in his skin. With only his dog or cat for company, there is a wad of chewing gum stuck to the sole of his shoe. Within this good-humoured man (indeed as the work’s title suggests) there is tenderness, with a solitude that satisfies itself and which we dare not disturb.

A life lesson in a lonely world that lacks in communication, served by a subtle palette. Shades of grey, green, blue, bordered with a hint of rose which are applied in light oil or pastel spots on wood or cloth.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1975-2016
Axelle Galerie, New York
Galerie Breitweisser, Carcassonne , France
GalerieVallombreuse, Biarritz, France
Galerie Mouftart, Paris 5ème, France
Galerie Montmorency, Béziers, France
Galerie du Taur, Toulouse, France
Galerie Obsydienne, Paris, France
Galerie d’Art d’Europe, Metz, France
Galerie Wynnie du Moriez, Reims, France
Galerie Aktuarius, Strasbourg, France
Galerie Olympe, Lyon, France
Galerie Akka, Béziers, France
Galerie Trintignan, Montpellier, France
Galerie Georges V, Paris 8ème, France
Galerie des Halles, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Néoartis, Carcassonne, France
Alwane Gallery, Beirut, Libanon
Hôtel de Ville d’Angers, France
Centre Français de Wedding, Berlin, Germany
Fondation Di Corsica « I Coluri d’Umani », France
Matsuzakaya Galleries, Tokyo – Nagasaki – Kyoto – Osaka, Japan
L’Arche de la Défense, Paris, Japon
Galerie Valmay, Rue de Seine, Paris, France
Galerie l’Olympe, Perpignan, France
Galerie Rollebeek, Bruxelles, Belgium
Galerie l’Olympe, Perpignan, France
Galerie l’Oeil Soleil, Cliousclat, France
Axelle Gallery, New York City, USA
Axelle Gallery, Boston, USA
Galerie Art Seiller, Saint-Paul de Vence, France (permanent)
Galerie Vue sur Mer, Dinard, France
Galerie Rauchfeld, Paris, France

COLLECTIONS
Musée de Béziers, France

INTERNATIONAL FAIRS
Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, 2013
Red Dot, Basel Week, Miami, Florida, 2013
Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, 2014
Sea Fair, Miami, Florida, 2014
Red Dot, Basel Week, Miami, Floride, 2014
Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, 2015
Art Up, Lille, France, 2015
Beirut Art Fair, Lebanon, 2015
Art Up, Lille, France 2016
Context NYC, New York, USA 2016