Laurent Dauptain
“À Fleur De Peau”

27 MAY – 18 JUNE 2017



Film by François Catonné

In conjunction with Laurent Dauptain’s solo exhibition at Hugo Galerie in New York City, À Fleur De Peau, French filmmaker François Catonné has released a short film on the French painter. Catonné’s “Un Face à Face,” narrated in French in the artist’s own voice and subtitled in English, is a thorough and intimate look at the artist’s process of painting a self-portrait in his studio in France. The exhibition will be on view at Hugo Galerie from May 27 – June 18, 2017.

Dauptain, born in Paris in 1961, is best known for his large-scale self-portraits, of which he has painted thousands over the last thirty years. The documentary reveals the careful process involved in creating one of these self-portraits, from the initial concept captured in a photograph to the meticulous grid work, charcoal sketching and finally, the thoughtful application of multiple layers of paint. Over a period of days, Dauptain shares his thoughts, his inspirations and details on his long history with self portraits. The film brilliantly captures the intimate textures, sounds and colors of the artist’s studio.

Catonné, born in Paris, is a Cinematographer and director. He studied filmmaking at Vaugirard-Louis Lumière. Early in his career, he was a camera assistant for 9 years with directors such as Roman Polanski, Alain Corneas, Louis Malle, Robert Bresson, Robert Enrico and Francis Veber.

In 1978, he started working as Director of Photography on films, including Régis Wargnier’s Indochine, Bertrand Blier’s Les Acteurs, Les Côtelettes, Combien tu m’aimes? and Le bruit des glaçons, Robert Enrico’s La révolution française and Au nom de tous les miens, Gérard Mordillat’s Vive la sociale, En compagnie d’Antonin Artaud and Les Vivants et les Morts, Lucas Belvaux’s Les Prédateurs, Jean Pierre Denis’ Champs d’honneur. He has worked as Director of Photography on over 700 projects in all, including documentaries, feature films and television commercials.

In 1993, Catonné was awarded the César award for cinematography for his work on the film Indochine, which won the won the Oscar of Best Foreign Film the same year.