LAURENT DAUPTAIN b. 1961 Paris, France

Photograph of artist Laurent Dauptain

Laurent Dauptain was born in Paris on March 25th in 1961. From the age of six he attended painting classes for adults. At the age of 18, he wins first prize at the entrance exam of the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He later goes on to study at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs and the Sorbonne University in Paris.

His first solo exhibition in 1981 has the title “Self- portraits” – a theme that will stay his characteristic subject to this day.  He has painted and drawn more than 2000 self-portraits in a variety of styles. Laurent Dauptain has also gained recognition for his urban and industrial landscapes, marine paintings, and still lifes.

The work of Laurent Dauptain seduces, fruit of a liberated view, subtle, that works into the powers of the emotional and intimate universal dimension. Heir of the great classical French tradition, he is still undeniably in the present by this compositional quality of his stroke. Caressing and nourishing, his stroke transforms the subject into a moment of painting, a snapshot forever uncertain. There is this constant willingness to strip the model from the anecdotal and to keep only the substance, a search that is as significant in his landscapes, be it from Europe or the United States, as it is in his self-portraits, a constant in his oeuvre. Since his beginning, Dauptain has undertaken a work on his own face. This face, in turn Christian or expressionist, exposes the force of his vision. With this delicate exercise, at the knife’s edge, ignoring narcissism and self-celebration, he tells his own story, but also speaks of the passing of time, and discusses in passing masterfully pictorial problems related to the question of representation … and paradoxically, transforms this obsessional face-to-face into a lesson of humanity.” (PHILIPPE ANCELIN, La Gazette, Drouot Nr 3, January 2013)

LAURENT DAUPTAIN                                           

Né le 25 mars 1961 à Paris


1981  Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris
1983  Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris
1984  Maîtrise d’Esthétique (Panthéon-Sorbonne)


2017  Hugo Galerie, New York
2016  Galerie Claudine Legrand Paris
2015  Galerie Art du Temps Cléon d’Andran
2014  Galerie Axelle Fine Arts New York – Galerie Patricia Oranin Pont l’Abbé –       Galerie Claudine Legrand Paris
2013  Galerie Pierrick Touchefeu  Sceaux – Orangerie de Cachan Cachan –
2012  Galerie Axelle fine arts New York-
2011  Galerie Claudine Legrand  –  Galerie Axelle Fine Arts New York  –  Galerie Art du Temps Cléon d’Andran-Galerie Patricia Oranin Pont l’Abbé   –   Galerie Pierrick Touchefeu Sceaux .
2010  Galerie Claudine Legrand Paris   –  Galerie Axelle Fine Arts New York
2009  Galerie Pierrick Touchefeu Sceaux  – Galerie Axelle Fine Arts New Orleans   – Galerie Axelle Fine Arts San Francisco   – Galerie Claudine Legrand Paris
2008  Galerie Axelle Fine Arts New York    –  Galerie Axelle fine Arts Boston   – Galerie Pierrick Touchefeu  Sceaux
2007  Galerie Axelle Fine Arts New York   –  Galerie Patricia Oranin- Pont- l’Abbé  –  Galerie Art du temps- Cléon d’Andran
2006  Galerie A propos d’Art –Montreuil
2000  Galerie des Saints-Pères – Paris
1997  Galerie 101 – Antony
1996  Centre Culturel de Dourdan
1994  Galerie de la Fondation Taylor -Paris  – Chapelle Marquelet de la Noue – Meaux
1988  Galerie Jan de Maere – Bruxelles
1987  Galerie Jan de Maere et Ozenne – Paris
1986  Galerie La Litote – Toulouse
1986  Galerie Oberlin – Strasbourg
1984  Galerie Michel Ozenne – Paris
1983  Galerie Peinture Fraîche – Paris
1981  Galerie de la maison des Beaux-Arts – Paris


PUBLICATIONS (sélection)

« 276 RENCONTRES INSOLITES » éditions AZART – 2011

« LAURENT DAUPTAIN , UN FACE A FACE » François Catonné 2014

DISTINCTIONS (sélection)

1982 Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris
1992 Prix Legay-Lebrun (Académie des Beaux-Arts, Institut de France)
1993 Prix Karl Beule  (Académie des Beaux-Arts, Institut de France)
1999 Prix Achille Fould-Stirbey (Académie des Beaux-Arts, Institut de France)
2015 Prix de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan