Guillaume Lebelle was born in 1972 in Paris. He was discovered after graduating from the Beaux-Arts de Paris in 1998 by Jean Fournier, with whom he had several solo and group exhibitions alongside Joan Mitchell, James Bishop and Sam Francis. Guillaume then exhibited at Christophe Gaillard’s gallery until 2014 and collaborated regularly with the Hus gallery.
He composes his works with disparate elements, creating a composite universe where the lyrical gesture on the canvas rubs shoulders with more graphic forms often drawn on paper. The space for circulation between the forms is provided by the white backgrounds which reinforce the dialogue among line and colour. From this breathing between the different elements emerges a perfect harmony.
His sensitive line, which suggests but never imposes, plays with the boundaries of writing, legibility and sketching. The vibrations of his intuitive gesture, both sure and fragile, speak to us of the ephemeral and the intangible, just as the materials used – raw canvas, torn and crumpled paper or recycled elements – evoke a dislocated and unfinished world.
In his paintings, no hierarchy between colors or forms appears at first glance. Our eye travels across the canvas without finding a precise inking point; it is in contemplation that the work reveals itself.
” When I paint, everything happens involuntarily and without hierarchy. The painting is like a mixing table where everything that has seized me is reorganized and finds its definition, its adequate depth. ” GL
For Guillaume Lebelle, painting is the place, the opportunity, (the chance) to find this space which is ours: the opening of the very far and the very close reunited.
2020 – Sur le vif, Galerie Vazieux, Paris, France
2018 – Hasard et nécessité, Galerie Henry Chartier, Lyon ( commissaire d’exposition Philippe Piguet)
2017 – Autour d’un tableau de Bram Van Velde, Galerie Hus, Paris
2013 – Pan, Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris
2011 – En même temps, Galerie Hus, Paris
2010 – Myriade et Focus, suivi de Un mur au fur, ouverture avec Joëlle Léandre, Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris,
2006 – Atelier Pauline Simon, Brussels, Belgium
2004 – Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
2002 – Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
2000 – Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, USA
2019 – La couleur et l’ombre, CAP Royan,
2018 – Galeristes (Galerie Pauline Pavec), Carreau du Temple, Paris
– Group show, Galerie Pauline Pavec, Paris
2016 – Collectif MA! Exposer la démarche, Paris
2014 – Surface(s)/ Prise(s), Galerie Christophe Gaillard , Paris
– Drawing now, Galerie Christophe Gaillard , Paris
2013 – Jeune Création, 104, Paris
– Art Paris, Galerie Christophe Gaillard , Paris
2012 – Réelle présence, Galerie Christophe Gaillard , Paris
2010 – The Aura, Galerie Christophe Gaillard pop up, Berlin
2008 – Artist books, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
2007 – Jean Fournier, la couleur toujours recommencée, Fabre Museum, Montpellier, France
2006 – Jean Fournier, choix d’oeuvres sur papier, Le Ring, Nantes,
– Quarante peintures de petit format, Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris,
2003 – Quatre vérités + 1, Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris,
– 1-2-3, Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris,
2002 – Art Cologne, Galerie Jean Fournier, Germany
2001 – Fiac, Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
– Les avatars du papier, Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris