Gilles Marrey

Marrey’s cafe scenes, often emphasize the lone individual. ‘I perhaps think of loneliness, but not in a sad sense, more philosophically.’ Customarily incorporating family members as models, Marrey instills an intimate sensation. He wants people to look at his paintings and feel what he feels about these people.”

Biography

In his richly atmospheric portraits of San Francisco, Parisian artist Giles Marrey presents the city through fresh eyes, transforming palm trees and power lines, houses and roads, into arresting compositional elements. Long enamored of the Bay Area, Marrey has visited the city numerous times, continually fascinated by its eclectic architecture, vibrant hues, and drastically shifting topography. Almost ten years ago, an exhibition of work by artists associated with the Bay Area Figurative Movement resonated with him profoundly, influencing his own approach to painting. Richard Diebenkorn, who captured San Francisco's wildly undulating terrain in striking geometry and saturated patches of color, has remained one of Marrey's most significant influences.

Along with Diebenkorn, Marrey cites the 17th-century painter Claude Lorrain as an inspiration for his newest paintings. With their glimpses of distant horizons bathed in mystical, dawning light, Lorrain's landscapes are a natural touchstone for Marrey's visions of San Francisco—serene yet full of drama, realistic yet transcendent, inviting us into familiar scenes yet leading us toward intangible places. Marrey's landscapes take us down roads that end in distant, hazy visions, or sometimes in pure swathes of sky. Electrical wires, far from defiling the sky's beauty, add a playful, dynamic dimension, slicing the upper section of Marrey's canvases into energetic abstractions. "I was obsessed," he says, "by the urban perspectives of San Francisco and the structural electric lines on the abstraction of the 'skyscapes'." Echoing the character of San Francisco itself, which opens up in unexpected views over hilltops and around bends, Marrey's paintings contain an element of wonder: again and again, they catch us unaware, as if we too have just come over a steep rise and encountered a startling panorama.
 
In addition to pure landscapes, Marrey's latest works include an intimate series of nudes set against the backdrop of the city. Personal and poetic, these images carve out spaces for contemplation in the midst of buzzing activity, their subjects gazing out with expressions suggestive of rich inner lives. The city appears to slow down, revealing itself in its basic elements: angular shadows, hints of manicured trees, stunning natural and manmade design. As in all of Marrey's paintings, inventive brushwork and a complex palette draw out the essence of his subjects, capturing them in bold juxtapositions of shadow and light. Through his eyes, we see the entire city anew: a place of infinite detail and curiosity, beautifully composed and endlessly capable of surprise.

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.

Press

PRESS

Selected Artworks

Le Comptoir

Le Comptoir

oil on canvas

78 x 63 inches

090600

The Hills #3

The Hills #3

oil on canvas

71 x 67 inches

090513

Berkeley #1

Berkeley #1

oil on canvas

71 x 67 inches

090500

Paris

Paris

oil on canvas

20 x 11 inches

090487

Cafe Viennois

Cafe Viennois

oil on canvas

29 x 24 inches

040136

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.

Biography

In his richly atmospheric portraits of San Francisco, Parisian artist Giles Marrey presents the city through fresh eyes, transforming palm trees and power lines, houses and roads, into arresting compositional elements. Long enamored of the Bay Area, Marrey has visited the city numerous times, continually fascinated by its eclectic architecture, vibrant hues, and drastically shifting topography. Almost ten years ago, an exhibition of work by artists associated with the Bay Area Figurative Movement resonated with him profoundly, influencing his own approach to painting. Richard Diebenkorn, who captured San Francisco's wildly undulating terrain in striking geometry and saturated patches of color, has remained one of Marrey's most significant influences.

Along with Diebenkorn, Marrey cites the 17th-century painter Claude Lorrain as an inspiration for his newest paintings. With their glimpses of distant horizons bathed in mystical, dawning light, Lorrain's landscapes are a natural touchstone for Marrey's visions of San Francisco—serene yet full of drama, realistic yet transcendent, inviting us into familiar scenes yet leading us toward intangible places. Marrey's landscapes take us down roads that end in distant, hazy visions, or sometimes in pure swathes of sky. Electrical wires, far from defiling the sky's beauty, add a playful, dynamic dimension, slicing the upper section of Marrey's canvases into energetic abstractions. "I was obsessed," he says, "by the urban perspectives of San Francisco and the structural electric lines on the abstraction of the 'skyscapes'." Echoing the character of San Francisco itself, which opens up in unexpected views over hilltops and around bends, Marrey's paintings contain an element of wonder: again and again, they catch us unaware, as if we too have just come over a steep rise and encountered a startling panorama.
 
In addition to pure landscapes, Marrey's latest works include an intimate series of nudes set against the backdrop of the city. Personal and poetic, these images carve out spaces for contemplation in the midst of buzzing activity, their subjects gazing out with expressions suggestive of rich inner lives. The city appears to slow down, revealing itself in its basic elements: angular shadows, hints of manicured trees, stunning natural and manmade design. As in all of Marrey's paintings, inventive brushwork and a complex palette draw out the essence of his subjects, capturing them in bold juxtapositions of shadow and light. Through his eyes, we see the entire city anew: a place of infinite detail and curiosity, beautifully composed and endlessly capable of surprise.

Press

Gilles Marrey

Marrey’s cafe scenes, often emphasize the lone individual. ‘I perhaps think of loneliness, but not in a sad sense, more philosophically.’ Customarily incorporating family members as models, Marrey instills an intimate sensation. He wants people to look at his paintings and feel what he feels about these people.”

SAN FRANCISCO

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San Francisco, California 94108

Monday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm

Sunday by appointment 

415.392.2299

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St. Helena, California 94574

Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm

Sunday 11am - 5pm

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MONTECITO

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1266 Coast Village Road
Santa Barbara, California 93108

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Sunday, 11am - 5pm

Tuesday - Wednesday by Appointment

805.770.7170

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