Born in 1937 and died in 2016 in Paris (France). Lived and worked in Paris (France).
First as a chief cameraman, moviemaker, then actor, Jean-Pierre Bertrand fancied cinema. Since the seventies, Bertrand has incorporated his interest of cinema into his work and developed a mixing of photography, movies, writing, painting, drawings on recycled papers, neons and installations.
His work is radiant and arduos, but you can get into it without a 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 of his inspirations remains a mystery. Here, the artpiece will be Robinson Crusoe's Island: salt, lemon, honey create the mineral, the plant, the animal and the number 54.
Bertrand's 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. The paper is altered by being washed, soaked, nourished by lemon, honey and salt, then worked with red coagulating acrylic or Flemish medium giving it some transparency.
Bertrand's work has been exhibited 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.
His work is part of prestigious collections as CNAP - Centre National des Arts Plastiques (Paris), MAC/VAL - Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (Vitry-sur-Seine), Centre Georges-Pompidou (Paris), among others. He produced public procurements for the National Library of France (Paris) and stained-glass windows for the Bourg-Saint-Andéol Chapel.
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Jean Pierre Bertrand
Jean-Pierre Bertrand - Légendes
Jean-Pierre Bertrand - La traversée du corps
From red to red
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