Rémi Jouandet lives and works in Valence in the south of France . He has been painting for over 25 years .For several years now , the artist has been approaching expressionist figuration from a purely abstract field ,and attempts to bring the alchemy of automatic writing by colour to the conscious mastery of drawing to each painting .His series of portraits , which began about ten years ago, includes some anonymous and many contemporary icons of cinema, pop culture, rock and jazz .