Franta: au plus près / close up
Sep 13 – Oct 13, 2018
au plus près / close up
13 September - 13 October 2018
The human condition is the source of Franta's greatest anguish.
- Thomas Messer (1920-2013), 1990 Director, Guggenheim Museum, New York
Everard Read London in association with Bogéna Galerie in Saint Paul de Vence, is pleased to present, au plus près / close up, a solo exhibition by Franta, internationally renowned French artist and sculptor.
Born in Czechoslovakia, Franta studied at the Prague School of Fine Arts before fleeing his homeland in 1958 to find refuge in France where he still lives and works today.
Over a career spanning more than six decades, Franta has travelled extensively and his experiences in Africa in particular have had a far-reaching effect on his work. Time spent in Senegal, Gambia, Mali and Kenya was crucial in turning him away from the vision of despair of his earlier paintings. From the Africa he experienced, he drew the joyousness of the body, the celebration of life, the confirmation of the human drive to exist. The body remains central to Franta's practice and his paintings and sculpture continue to interrogate the human condition through the filter of his own life's experiences.
Franta's work is suffused with compassion and generosity; it transmits an intense physicality and radiates the artist's own vital energy.
La peinture me permet de garder les yeux ouverts sur le monde. / Painting allows me to keep my eyes open to the world. - Franta
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