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Jean-Pierre Bertrand was born in 1937 and he lives and works in Paris.
First as a chief cameraman, moviemaker or actor Jean-Pierre Bertrand is into cinema. Since the seventies he has developed a work mixing photography, movies, writing, painting, drawings on recycled papers, neons and installations.
His work is radiant and arduous. But you can get into it without any key. “Reading and studying all of what has been written on my work is not necessary. You just need to be without any intention to communicate with it, to let what lies in everyone come out and reveal what the unique and the substance are.”
The origin remains a mistery. Here, it will be Robinson Crusoe’s island : salt, lemon and honey, as the mineral, the plant and the animal ; and the number 54.
His paintings follow strict rules of measurements, appellations, materials and colors. Framed, set in a steel angle or under a plexiglass, they stand as the witnesses of a transparent body. There, the paper is washed, soaked, nourished by lemon, honey and salt, and worked with red coagulating acrylic or Flemish medium giving it some transparency.
His works have been seen at Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris, MAMVP, Paris, Musée Picasso, Antibes, Carré d’Art, Nîmes, Documenta, Kassel. He represented France at the Venice Biennal in 1999. Present in either private or public collections he realized public procurements for the National Library of France, Paris and stained-glass windows for the Bourg-Saint-Andéol church, France.