Gregory Watin

french, b. 1976, Beauvais, France | based in Arras, France
Mixed media on wood and plexiglass

Gregory Watin

french, b. 1976, Beauvais, France | based in Arras, France
Mixed media on wood and plexiglass

Gregory Watin, originally from France, has been internationally recognized for his very
unique "urban" style. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions across Europe and the USA for the last 15 years.

He takes a picture he uses as a sketch. He immerses himself of all things that give strength to this urban landscapes, he looks at these structures marked by time and gathers all these elements in order to build an atmosphere, a universe around these places. In his work, he tries to make them his by giving them a second breath of life. That is why he uses bright colors. He inlays various element of nature, woods, cardboard, papers, plexiglass,....

There is also a notion of urgency in his work, to seize on idea before it gets away , to put on the canvas the instant gesture, the instant collages, the instant urge. He has created his contemporary poetry from daily material, from the town, the people. This urbanity made of anything is not sad or doomed , if you look at it closely, it is also colored and rhythmic.

Layers of wood and plexiglass which give great depth

"It's about shape, the beauty of taking abandoned places, of all the materials they contain and giving them new life. All these elements which no longer make sense, are brought together and tells a story. We own that story."

"He gives meaning to something that for most people has nothing left to say."

"We recognize abandonment through these works. A certain solitude. A place where time has stood still. We pass these places on a daily basis, but never stop. There is an urgency in his work. Gregory captures this moment."

"This time, this moment, this place is static. Neither it nor you move. You have time to look at it and feel its power."

"It seems that a whole life has passed, is captured in his works."

Florian Araïb, art dealer and gallery director

Copyright Sébastien François

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