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Togolese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 12 February 1977, in Lomé.

Painter (mixed media).

Félix Agbokou studied under Sokey Edoth between 1996 and 1999. He abandoned realism in favour of depicting a fantasy world, and his paintings are spontaneous to the extent that they have no predefined theme. Painted at night and by candlelight, each series of paintings is directly inspired by its immediate surroundings: Lomé, Kouma, Abouri or Ghana. Agbokou uses materials that come readily to hand - leaves of indigenous plants or the bark of local trees - and mixes them with acrylic paint, outlining his forms and individual colours with a black line obtained from a mixture of coconut milk and old nails. His work has featured at group exhibitions, including the ...

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Swedish, 20th century, male.

Born 1944, in Göteborg.

Painter.

After starting out doing collages in 1966, Gert Aspelin turned to Realist paintings with a didactic purpose. He has exhibited regularly, in solo and collective shows in Stockhom, since 1966.

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 1943, in Plougoumelen.

Sculptor, painter (mixed media).

Bauduin's sculptures, which have a clear geometric tendency, are often realised in plastic materials, such as synthetic resins, and in metal. Bauduin has taken part in group exhibitions, including: Salon des Grands et Jeunes d'Aujourd'hui, Salon de la Jeune Sculpture, Salon de Mai. He took part in ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 26 March 1946, in Le Havre.

Sculptor, painter (mixed media). Low reliefs.

Bosser lives and works in Paris. He realises abstract works on paper, as well as low reliefs revealing the roughness of the material used.

He has taken part in group exhibitions, including: ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1877, in Gardner (Massachusetts); died 1970.

Painter (gouache/mixed media), illustrator. Landscapes with figures.

Harrison Cady lived for many years with his father, who was a naturalist, and made close studies of animals and insects. He worked as an illustrator for ...

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Belgian, 20th century, male.

Born 6 December 1926, in Deinze.

Painter (mixed media).

Lucien van den Driessche taught himself to paint. He adds all sorts of different elements and objects to his paintings, taking his inspiration from the New Realist practice of appropriating reality.

His work stands at the crossroads between abstraction and figuration. He places shapes which are more or less geometric inside empty spaces in irregular heaps, so that they evoke imaginary planets. He emphasises the fantasy atmosphere with emphatic use of purple and silver....

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Austrian, 20th century, male.

Born 1930, in Vienna.

Painter, draughtsman, engraver, illustrator, sculptor, collage artist, decorative designer. Scenes with figures, figures. Stage sets.

Groups: Hundsgruppe (Dog’s group), Phantastischer Realismus group.

Ernst Fuchs enrolled at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna in 1945. From 1946 to 1950, he was a pupil of Gütersloh, whom Salvador Dalí considered the most important painter of his time (after himself). In around 1950, he was one of the founders of the Viennese ...

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Latvian, 20th century, male.

Born 24 October 1962, in Riga, Latvian SSR (now Latvia).

Painter, graphic artist, multimedia artist. Allegorical subjects, abstraction and portraiture. Sculptural objects, conceptual installations.

Of the generation that came of age during Latvia’s transition from Soviet occupation to political independence, Kristaps Ģelzis distinguished himself as the most cerebral of that nation’s artists while, paradoxically, anchoring his work in intrinsic properties of base materials, the timelessness of simple forms, and labour-intensive craft. The son and younger brother of renowned architects, Ģelzis resolved to pursue another creative vocation, first studying violin while attending Riga’s 50th Secondary School, then taking preparatory classes for the Latvian Art Academy in lieu of attending the art high school. As a student in the academy’s department of graphic art ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Painter, collage artist.

Pierre Yves Gervais' paintings are distantly related to Hyperrealism and usually depict fragmentary elements like a woman's neck or car engines. In 1994 he showed a collection of paintings in the Galerie Veille-du-Temple, Paris. In the same year he brought out a book of collages with Gilbert Lascault, in which he used meat advertisements, selecting, framing and breaking up the pieces of meat to create lewd images. In the same gallery he exhibited paintings of ...

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Dutch, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1963, in Ravenstein.

Sculptor, installation artist.

In the 1980s Joep van Lieshout realised assemblages with paving stones and crates and in 1989 he promoted the plastic qualities of these manufactured materials in minimalist sculptures. Soon afterwards, however, he reintroduced the everyday, reproducing in his installations familiar places such as bathrooms, kitchens, toilets and bedrooms. He gives life to functional objects, starting from basic shapes, brightly coloured, covered in polyester fibreglass conglomerate. Simple and austere, these architectural pieces and mass-produced objects are reminiscent of the Bauhaus and could rediscover their original function outside a museum. All these objects also suggest a society tending to live along the lines of self-sufficiency. He lives and works in Rotterdam. In ...

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British, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active in Gloucestershire, England.

Born 1952, in Sudan, Africa.

Painter, collage artist. Still-lifes, portraits, scenes from nature.

Hyperrealism.

Lucy MacKenzie studied at Falmouth Art School in Cornwall (1969-1970), Bristol Polytechnic (1970-1973) and the Royal College of Art in London (...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active since 1971 in France.

Born 1948, in Troy (Alabama).

Painter, engraver, assemblage artist. Mythological subjects, portraits, still-lifes.

Nall lives and works in Nice. He realises figurative canvases integrating diverse materials such as glass, seashells, fabric, leather and off-cuts from frames, developing original forms and a rich symbolism....

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American, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1949, in Los Angeles.

Mixed media collage artist. Murals.

Alexis Smith originally trained to be a French teacher until she began taking art classes and realised what she could do with art. She lives and works in Los Angeles and has taught at the University of Hawaii, the J. Paul Getty Center, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Carnegie Mellon University. Alexis Smith uses magazine covers, newspapers, billboards, book jackets and a range of kitsch and found objects to create collages using 'easy' images with which people are familiar, to make the viewer think about society's ills, like consumerism and the objectification of women, with irony and wit. Quotations from a range of authors (including Walt Whitman, Jack Kerouac, Raymond, Chandler, Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, John Dos Passos) and scientists ('imagination is more important than knowledge', Einstein) are often incorporated in her work. Images of women appear frequently as in ...

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Canadian, 20th century, male.

Born in Quebec.

Painter (mixed media).

François Vincent uses photographs, and works in a painstakingly detailed style, similar to Hyperrealism. He depicts random assemblages of small, unusual objects, limbs or details of bodies and close-ups of heads. He took part in an exhibition organised by the Quebec Délégation Générale in ...