Bastien Le­couffe De­harme

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How does the body re­flect per­son­al­ity? That’s a key ques­tion that keeps this French artist en­thused with his favourite sub­ject mat­ter: the hu­man fig­ure. “I have a true fas­ci­na­tion for the body,” Bastien says, “with all its sin­gu­lar­i­ties that make it unique. We’re all so sim­i­lar, but so very dif­fer­ent.”

But how can he ex­plain his en­joy­ment of view­ing con­torted, dy­namic or el­e­gant fig­ures painted in two di­men­sions? Purely recog­ni­tion? Voyeurism? A hu­man con­nec­tion? “A bit of all that,” Bastien tells us. “A love for the com­plex­ity of the hu­man body, the most fas­ci­nat­ing of ma­chines.”

And the trick­i­est part of this ma­chine to de­pict? The knees. “I used to al­ways cover the knees – I’d al­ways find a way to avoid paint­ing the com­plex­ity of the knee caps!”

To­day, Bastien’s sub­jects are of­ten the fo­cal point within an en­vi­ron­ment they seem to be a part of. “I think it’s be­cause my im­ages aren’t about a char­ac­ter and a place meet­ing for the mo­ment of the im­age. Quite the op­po­site. I com­pose the im­age and de­velop the en­vi­ron­ment ac­cord­ing to the fig­ure. Every­thing is built around it. Ide­al­ism? Maybe. Sym­bol­ism? For sure.”

I com­pose the en­vi­ron­ment ac­cord­ing to the fig­ure. Every­thing’s built around it

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