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Gilles Marrey

Biography

Parisian artist Gilles Marrey is known for his deeply observed scenes of contemporary life, ranging from domestic interiors to urban and suburban landscapes—the kinds of quotidian places that are often seen but rarely examined. In his new exhibition, “Sunset Road,” Marrey uses his atmospheric palette, full of moody violets, oranges, blues and pinks, to dazzling effect, infusing residential streets, beaches, skylines, alleyways, even utility lines crossing the sky, with quiet but potent drama.

Marrey’s interest in American landscapes traces back to the early 1990s, when he lived in New York as a young artist. Later, during a visit to San Francisco, he encountered the work of Richard Diebenkorn, whose innovative use of perspective and geometry in capturing the Bay Area’s rugged topography became an important influence. Marrey has since made a number trips to the U.S. to travel and paint, visiting Virginia, Oregon, Illinois, and points between, always on the lookout for strange and beautiful intersections between the built environment and natural world.

Studying art in France during the 1980s, when postmodernism and minimalism reigned supreme, Marrey forged his own path, embracing his love of earlier figurative artists like Gaugin, Vuillard, and Manet along with contemporaries who were exploring a grittier form of realism, such as Eric Fischl. Throughout his development, a commitment to realism has been a through-line—not merely recording what things look like on the surface, but scooping up the full character of a place. As French philosopher and critic Yves Michaud has written, Marrey’s paintings represent an “engulfment in the real.”

Marrey has exhibited his work throughout France, including recent solo exhibitions at the Mamut Art Center and Museum of Beaux Arts, Rouen, as well as internationally. For many years, he has been a professor at the Beaux-Arts de Paris and the National School of Architecture in Paris-Belleville.

Born

1963 Vendôme, France.


Education

1982-88 Beaux Arts de Rouen, France.


Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2015 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2014 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2013 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2010 SF Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2009 Art Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

           Perspectives, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2007 Musées de Sens, Burgundy, France.

2006 Galerie Jacques Elbaz, Paris, France.

2004 Europe Art, International Art Fair, Geneva, Switzerland.

           Galerie Jacques Elbaz, Paris, France.

           SFIAE, San Francisco, CA.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

2003 Art Cologne, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Cologne, Germany.

           Art Chicago, Chicago, IL.

           Aller-Retour, Galerie Jacques Elbaz, Paris, France.

           ART PARIS, Galerie Jacques Elbaz, Paris, France.

2002 Interphone, Special Exhibition of Paintings with Sound Design

           Galerie Jacques Elbaz, Paris, France.

2001 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

           Opening 3, Gallery Ollier, Friboung, Switzerland.

2000 MONO-STEREO: Works on Paper, Galerie Jacques Elbaz, Paris, France.

           Trajan Gallery, Carmel, CA.

1999 Sans Limites, Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

           Manhattan Athletic Club, New York, NY.

1998 Works on Paper, Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

           Hanlim Museum, Seoul, South Korea.

           FIAC, Galerie Jacques Elbaz, Paris, France.

           Galerie Jacques Elbaz, Paris, France.

1997 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

           La Lente Presence, Galerie Art et Patrimoine, Paris, France.

1996 Collection of Contemporary Art, France.

1995 The March Salon, Galerie Art et Patrimoine, Paris, France.

Proche et Lointain, Galerie Art et Patrimoine, Paris, France.

           L’Institut Francais de Florence, Italy,

           Created porcelain sculpture for the series Tables d’Art,

           Commissioned for the meeting of the National Museums of France and the Society of the Friends of the Museum Georges Pompidou, France.

1994 Eclipse, Galerie Le Monde de l’Art, Paris, France.

           Les Ecorchures, Galerie Aréa, Paris, France.

1993 The Montrouge Salon, France.

           Galerie Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark.

1992 FIAC, Galerie Faurschou, Paris, France.

           Les Ravissements, Galerie Pierre Kamouh, Paris, France.

           Decouvertes Salon, Galerie Pierre Kamouh, Paris, France.

           The Montrouge Salon, France.

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Selected Artworks

Sunset Park

Sunset Park

Oil on Canvas

16 x 31 inches

220554

Mediterranee

Mediterranee

Oil on Canvas

32 x 91 inches (Diptych)

220530

Oregon

Oregon

Oil on Canvas

32 x 91 inches (Diptych)

220529

Purple Cythere Road

Purple Cythere Road

Oil on Canvas

51 x 51 inches

220528

Sunset Road

Sunset Road

Oil on Canvas

63 x 79 inches

220527

Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Oil on Canvas

38 x 51 inches

220526

Illinois

Illinois

Oil on Canvas

38 x 77 inches

220525

Carthage Road

Carthage Road

Oil on Canvas

39 x 77 inches

220524

Cafe Zoetrope | SOLD

Cafe Zoetrope | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

39 x 29 inches

220523

Wires

Wires

Oil on Canvas

51 x 39 inches

220428

Sacramento Street

Sacramento Street

Oil on Canvas

38 x 77 inches

220427

California

California

Oil on Canvas

24 x 46 inches

220426

Jardim das Camelias

Jardim das Camelias

Oil on Canvas

53 x 71 inches

220425

Durant & Telegraph

Durant & Telegraph

Oil on Canvas

45 x 57 inches

220334

Berges de la Seine a Villequier

Berges de la Seine a Villequier

Oil on Canvas

24 x 46 inches

220311

The City

The City

Oil on Canvas

51 x 51 inches

220201

Hendrix 1968

Hendrix 1968

Oil on Canvas

51 x 64 inches

210474

La Corniche

La Corniche

Oil on Canvas

18 x 13 inches

210473

Little Dead End

Little Dead End

Oil on Canvas

18 x 11 inches

210472

Palm 3

Palm 3

Oil on Canvas

18 x 11 inches

210471

Palm 2

Palm 2

Oil on Canvas

20 x 12 inches

210470

Chicago

Chicago

Oil on Canvas

24 x 24 inches

210469

Palms 1

Palms 1

Oil on Canvas

22 x 18 inches

210466

Paris

Paris

Oil on Paper

20 x 11 inches

090487

Born

1963 Vendôme, France.


Education

1982-88 Beaux Arts de Rouen, France.


Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2015 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2014 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2013 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2010 SF Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2009 Art Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

           Perspectives, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2007 Musées de Sens, Burgundy, France.

2006 Galerie Jacques Elbaz, Paris, France.

2004 Europe Art, International Art Fair, Geneva, Switzerland.

           Galerie Jacques Elbaz, Paris, France.

           SFIAE, San Francisco, CA.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

2003 Art Cologne, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Cologne, Germany.

           Art Chicago, Chicago, IL.

           Aller-Retour, Galerie Jacques Elbaz, Paris, France.

           ART PARIS, Galerie Jacques Elbaz, Paris, France.

2002 Interphone, Special Exhibition of Paintings with Sound Design

           Galerie Jacques Elbaz, Paris, France.

2001 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

           Opening 3, Gallery Ollier, Friboung, Switzerland.

2000 MONO-STEREO: Works on Paper, Galerie Jacques Elbaz, Paris, France.

           Trajan Gallery, Carmel, CA.

1999 Sans Limites, Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

           Manhattan Athletic Club, New York, NY.

1998 Works on Paper, Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

           Hanlim Museum, Seoul, South Korea.

           FIAC, Galerie Jacques Elbaz, Paris, France.

           Galerie Jacques Elbaz, Paris, France.

1997 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

           La Lente Presence, Galerie Art et Patrimoine, Paris, France.

1996 Collection of Contemporary Art, France.

1995 The March Salon, Galerie Art et Patrimoine, Paris, France.

Proche et Lointain, Galerie Art et Patrimoine, Paris, France.

           L’Institut Francais de Florence, Italy,

           Created porcelain sculpture for the series Tables d’Art,

           Commissioned for the meeting of the National Museums of France and the Society of the Friends of the Museum Georges Pompidou, France.

1994 Eclipse, Galerie Le Monde de l’Art, Paris, France.

           Les Ecorchures, Galerie Aréa, Paris, France.

1993 The Montrouge Salon, France.

           Galerie Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark.

1992 FIAC, Galerie Faurschou, Paris, France.

           Les Ravissements, Galerie Pierre Kamouh, Paris, France.

           Decouvertes Salon, Galerie Pierre Kamouh, Paris, France.

           The Montrouge Salon, France.

Parisian artist Gilles Marrey is known for his deeply observed scenes of contemporary life, ranging from domestic interiors to urban and suburban landscapes—the kinds of quotidian places that are often seen but rarely examined. In his new exhibition, “Sunset Road,” Marrey uses his atmospheric palette, full of moody violets, oranges, blues and pinks, to dazzling effect, infusing residential streets, beaches, skylines, alleyways, even utility lines crossing the sky, with quiet but potent drama.

Marrey’s interest in American landscapes traces back to the early 1990s, when he lived in New York as a young artist. Later, during a visit to San Francisco, he encountered the work of Richard Diebenkorn, whose innovative use of perspective and geometry in capturing the Bay Area’s rugged topography became an important influence. Marrey has since made a number trips to the U.S. to travel and paint, visiting Virginia, Oregon, Illinois, and points between, always on the lookout for strange and beautiful intersections between the built environment and natural world.

Studying art in France during the 1980s, when postmodernism and minimalism reigned supreme, Marrey forged his own path, embracing his love of earlier figurative artists like Gaugin, Vuillard, and Manet along with contemporaries who were exploring a grittier form of realism, such as Eric Fischl. Throughout his development, a commitment to realism has been a through-line—not merely recording what things look like on the surface, but scooping up the full character of a place. As French philosopher and critic Yves Michaud has written, Marrey’s paintings represent an “engulfment in the real.”

Marrey has exhibited his work throughout France, including recent solo exhibitions at the Mamut Art Center and Museum of Beaux Arts, Rouen, as well as internationally. For many years, he has been a professor at the Beaux-Arts de Paris and the National School of Architecture in Paris-Belleville.

Gilles Marrey
Biography

Press

Gilles Marrey

Parisian artist Gilles Marrey is known for his deeply observed scenes of contemporary life, ranging from domestic interiors to urban and suburban landscapes—the kinds of quotidian places that are often seen but rarely examined. In his new exhibition, “Sunset Road,” Marrey uses his atmospheric palette, full of moody violets, oranges, blues and pinks, to dazzling effect, infusing residential streets, beaches, skylines, alleyways, even utility lines crossing the sky, with quiet but potent drama.

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