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

EDUCATION

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

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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

PUBLICATIONS (sélection)

Livres
« 276 RENCONTRES INSOLITES » éditions AZART – 2011
« LE PORTRAIT DANS L’ART CONTEMPORAIN » Editions PATOU – 2011

Film
« 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