The artist is a master of this art form - "la fugue visuelle" - where the eye is forever made to search and re-focus, aided by a palet containing soft and subtle shades.
Henri Guéguen is not like any other artist: he does not take you to places you have never seen, but invites you instead to look differently at more familiar places. And so if he invites you to dream, he does so without your needing a detailed knowledge of the subject.
In his own manner, he pursues as a first objective the capture of light. He is incessantly reinventing the trace of some emotion.
The use of oil or acrylic undoubtedly makes life much easier for many artists but at the same time it limits the scope of the pictorial composition. It is because this artist knows perfectly the attributes of the materials he is using that he expresses with such virtuosity a vibrant and silent poetry.

With care and precision, this artist combines particles of porcelain with pine essence, and while the former acts to capture and store up the light so as to reinstate it afterwards depending on the time of day, the latter acts to intensify the effects of transparency.The result is most edifying.
The figurative expression lets you perceive things reasonably clearly, whilst the abstract expression does no more than invite you to obtain the most fleeting of glances.

A profundity as well as a subdued luminosity can be found in the entire chromatic range, and allow the artist to express his talent without any restraint.
Good technique counts for little if it does not lend support to an artistic approach of the very highest order.

In his search for the aesthetic, this artist values a return to his origins: as he likes to say himself, "la mer génératrice de formes et de transparences..." (The sea [is] a generating force of shapes and transparencies.)

With a sound knowledge of Asian culture and the play between shadow and light, the artist leads us to encounter a series of tall, slender and refined ladies.
In his later work, the artist begins to omit the tracing line at some places in the image, leaving us with an oeuvre which is progressively more hazy, where the more mineral material gives way to a more elaborate approach, tending towards the abstract.

With Henri Guéguen, perfumes and colours come into an ever-vigilant mind which is sensitive to contemporary events, where they are recorded.

It is thus impossible to forget a dozen oeuvres which remind us of tragedies or of the lives of people which have marked our existence either today or in the past: works like "Lucie Aubrac," "Anne Frank", "Hommage to Mother Teresa" or even "On a brûlé les oiseaux de papier" ("We have burnt the paper birds".

The immense talent of this true artist gives us a breath of fresh air, with his originality. Doubtless in years to come, a good number of his paintings will be found in the possession of collectors throughout the world.


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