Born in Paris in 1978, Arnaud Gautron is a visual artist. After an initial training of Grande Ecole, he has been working since 2001 on a practice of creating control images and own plastic research.
Self-taught in the field of visual arts, he first considers painting, drawing, photography and moving images as possible means of his artistic expression. He performs several collective and personal exhibitions, in Paris and in various provincial towns. It is published by Eyrolles in Cahiers du Designer - Digital Painting, in 2002.
Meetings allow him to explore the relationship between image and sound. He collaborates regularly with musicians: painting performances on stage with the pop artist Raldub in 2005, experimental video films with the collective Nuz or the electronic and electroacoustic composer Rui Emmanuel Candeias since 2006 ...
In 2010, he added the theater to his field of experimentation, with a residency at the CDN in Thionville-Lorraine, for the creation of a video decoration of "La Tache de Mariotte", staged by Eric Petitjean. He is then assistant video of the scenographer.
With Sébastien Chatron, composer and acousmatic interpreter, he conceived and directed the show "The Dialogue of Spherapulse and Acousmonium". He imagines and manufactures the spherapulse, an aluminum sculpture at the heart of a complex video projection device. Their show, is presented on the occasion of the 9th Blue Night (Arc-et-Senans, Doubs), in July 2010.
During the summer of 2011, he accompanied for 6 weeks the poet and sonographer Pascal Rueff, for an artistic residence of observation of the contaminated territories around Chernobyl, Ukraine. He realizes on the return a testimony in mixed technique (photo, painting). This journey durably marks his perception of nature and directs his work more radically in this direction.
After 34 years in Paris, he now lives and works in Brittany, on the coast of the Côtes d'Armor, where he finds an environment conducive to the development of expressionist visions of his imagination.
He is now focusing on painting. His artistic reflection is based on the study of the relationship between man and nature and on the exploration of his own unconscious.
It is from now on the painting that holds all my attention and in which I dig, with each new painting, a questioning around the matter, of what it carries like memory or like trace, of what it reveals of the reality because it teaches us about ourselves, light, earth, other living things or the spirit.
Inspired by ancient traditions, where spirit and matter are one, I seek to "see through" and thus render, by an expression of my own, what I perceive of nature. By this, I try to "touch" and "make think of", without ever having illustrated or represented anything, a fragile path between pure abstraction and figuration.
My inspiration is also psychological. The study of the unconscious feeds my visual research by a work on memory, where the memory is not fixed but rather a permanent renewal of the gaze that one carries and the possibility of a waking dream.
By the technique I use, where acrylic and absorbent paper mix, I play both space and time. The paper, absorbing water, slows the drying of the acrylic and allows me to manipulate the material, to rub it, to bend or tear it, to make it flow, to move it. The light can thus arise from a hole dug in the thickness of the paper, revealing a forgotten layer.
My colors come from a permanent blend of juices whose outcome tends to gray. They are awakened by projections of thick paint that I associate with the work of permanent erosion caused by the sea and the wind.