Art & The City: “Sublime & Infernal” by Yvan Magnani

In conjunction with the French Art & Film Festival 2014, a month long tribute to the French arts, Fine Art 69 Gallery, under the direction of Patrice Vallette, launched “Sublime & Infernal” by Yvan Magnani.

The exhibition consists of pieces from the French artist’s most recent collection, and is a compendium of works, each detailing revelations of the artist’s passion for the earth, its creases, its faults and its crevices. We visited the exhibition to take a look at Magnani’s work and get the full picture on the buzz surrounding “Sublime & Infernal”.

The art

Magnani through his art asks the question about how this world binds us all together, and we see his interpretation of earth and its form through his use of implied textures, depth and perception, and combining materials — in particular acrylics with sand.

Magnani uses a combination of sand and acrylic to give texture and depth.

Magnani’s pieces are striking in both size and in colour, with reminiscences of glowing magma, luminescent sky and cool slabs of rock that radiate calm and natural beauty.

Heavy tones combine with feather light lines to create pieces that you can stand for hours and contemplate. With the hinting of natural structures throughout his pieces, you question what each represents and can begin to form your own interpretation of the power of Magnani’s work, and his attempt to balance and re-conciliate chaos with calm.

‘To Reach’ by Yvan Magnani

The artist

Magnani’s early style was strongly influenced by painters such as Serge Poliakoff, with his use of bold colours in a modernist form, Nicolas de Stael, and Robert and Sonia Delaunay, who each followed a style true to contrasting colour blocks and in the case of Sonia Delaunay, striking geometric shapes. This influence continued with him on his journey through art, and we see it raise its head in this exhibition through his use of colour that both contrasts and complements.

Having grown up in Rennes and Brittany, Magnani moved to the south of France to continue his art education, until an opportunity presented itself to study at the Brera Academy in Milan. He remained there until joining the Royal Academy of Stockholm, and then returned to France where he finally settled in Apt in Luberon, creating his own workshop.

Texture and form are explored through Magnani’s passion for and interpretation of the earth.

The exhibition is running until 14 June at Fine Art 69 Gallery and is open to the public. Find out more details on the website or visit the gallery at 22 Jalan Bruas, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, +60 19 301 2569. It is advisable to call ahead for a viewing of the exhibition.

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Keirsten Clark left urban commuting, frosty mornings and chilly evenings of the UK behind for sunnier climes. She is a cake freak and loves to run -- everywhere. Follow her on Twitter @keirsten for updates on all things geeky and content related.