Chris BERAET
Vence - France



 


" my creations are instinctive and never after Nature . I am only interested in the inner and wild side of life! my paintings come from a voluntary erasure of the mental to force the interior "I am" ... first to strip off the knowledge ... the sight ... the memory and the active imagination ... and in front of the torn sheets which remain ... to play with the primitive feelings ... from my fingers ... in the immediacy ...  not to represent but to feel .  . to welcome . then to disguise the "figure" of my presence .. my consciousness ... then support the emotion . transform the vision . listen to the silence . and reverse the order of the temple . then compose by little touches .  then strip . then recompose ... subtract . ask for more and strip again . ... "  Chris-Ailm Beraet




Pathway

2021 - Creation of the "moi-peau" (6th evolution / body imprint)
2020 - Creation of the "Corpscriptures" (5th evolution / bodyprint)
2016 - Creation of the "Ange_Drogynes" (4th evolution / body print)
2013/16 - Several stays in Potsdam / Berlin
2012 - Co-creator of the Poet's Circle : Les Rencontres de Poètes & C° - Nice
2011/15 - Experiences engraving and ceramics at the Émap-Villa Thiole in Nice
2015 - series of paintings : The "Mental Blossoms"
2010 - Self-publishing of the first collection : Propos Émanés d'un Chemin Encré (Free poetry)
2009/10 - Learns Mural Fresco and Trompe-lʼœil Painting from Christian Geai - Nice
2008 - Creation of "Black figures" (2nd & 3rd evolution / body imprint)
2005 - Creation of "Corps-Lit-Porte" (1st evolution / body print)
2005 - Writing of the first Circle
2004 - Experiences the basics of Tibetan calligraphy
2003 - Creation of the Feux Follets notebooks (pictograms of body prints)
2002 - First series of oil paintings entitled: My Nights
1998 - Period of watercolor painting in the back room of his small business
1997 - Discovered Amerindian and Inuit Art during a stay in Quebec - Canada
1997 - Deepened the basics of Chinese calligraphy
1995/97 - Reading the Tao Te King, the Treatise of Perfect Emptiness, Tea and Tao by John Blofeld, puts him on the path of traditional Chinese ink painting - Xie-Yi style (spontaneous style)
1994/95 - During a stay in Gabon, he becomes fascinated by African Art and particularly ethnic masks
1981/82 - Experiences uncial and semi-uncial calligraphy



 

 

PUBLIC COLLECTION

2015 La Coopérative - Musée Cérès Franco, Montolieu, France
http://www.collectionceresfranco.com/fr/expositions-et-artistes/artistes/chris-beraet


PERSONAL COLLECTION

2013 Keith Overton Collection, London, Great Britain
2015 Michaël K. Collection, Berlin, Germany



AWARDS AND HONOURS

- 2020 Jean-Vincent Darasse Prize - Taylor Foundation, Paris
- 2020 ADAGP Award - Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture à l'Eau, Paris
- 2018 Nicolas Cizeron Prize (awarded to a French artist with expressionist tendencies), Salon " des Artistes-Français " , Grand Palais, Paris
- 2015 Bronze Medal, Salon des Artistes-Français, Paris
- 2015 Aiap-Unesco-Monaco Jury Prize
- 2015 Prize of the Monegasque National Commission, Monaco

- Member of the Society of French Artists, Paris
- Member Taylor Foundation, Paris



CHRIS BERAET: THE ALCHEMICAL WEDDING
By revisiting the codes of conventional painting, Chris has developed in him the desire to imitate the duplication of organic and psychological life
.JANUARY 25, 2021
By Balthazar Malevolent

The red thread of his artistic itinerary is the question of Transfiguration in painting, that's his goal! Intuitive expression is the action that induces the experience that flows from energy. On our planet as in the universe everything is energy. Everything that lives has its own energy, perhaps even that which no longer lives? Energy induces a vibration, translating this vibration interests Chris. Here is his language. He often uses his life experiences as matter to try to create expression and emotions in his paintings. A relationship to oneself but also to others. He also explores the gap between the surface and the reverse side of a reality. It is a game of mirror, an exploration of various states of ambiguity. These images can be very direct and disturbing at times, but they can also be seen as the "show" of a society of spectacle in constant confusion in search of a hypothetical balance.

"The twin brother", "soul mates", "the substitute", "the alchemical wedding", all evocative titles for canvases offering to see "Angel-Drogynes" in pairs. Alter ego? Partners? Clones? The theme of the double, in the sense of a twinning, returns as a leitmotiv in this series, questioning, among other things, the limit of the body envelope as well as that of individuality. Who are these polymorphic characters? Are they connected? Interdependent? Autonomous? Partial? Are they all these at the same time?

For more complexity, these fragmented, whole, sometimes fused or multiplied bodies that juxtapose, overlap, mask, blend, play with each other in a sometimes noisy confusion; they are joined by quasi-organic elements, similar to uterus, placentas, umbilical cords. "It's a birth that's constantly renewed," says Chris Beraet about his creative process. Thus, the atypical plasticity of her works is an act of birth of the pictorial process itself, like a gush of life, never frozen, unceasingly becoming.






Golden Message from Annick Couëdel (Dance Teacher)
June 2014, France

Your work is remarkable, sensitive and moving, it gives free rein to the imagination and questions us...it is very original and authentic: Congratulations! 


Golden Message from Erika Daviert
Sept. 2013, Nice

The red thread of his artistic itinerary is the question of Transfiguration in painting, that's his goal! Intuitive expression is the action that induces the experience that flows from energy. On our planet as in the universe everything is energy. Everything that lives has its own energy, perhaps even that which no longer lives? Energy induces a vibration, translating this vibration interests Chris. Here is his language. He often uses his life experiences as matter to try to create expression and emotions in his paintings. A relationship to oneself but also to others. He also explores the gap between the surface and the reverse side of a reality. It is a game of mirror, an exploration of various states of ambiguity. These images can be very direct and disturbing at times, but they can also be seen as the "show" of a society of spectacle in constant confusion in search of a hypothetical balance.