Jean-Pierre Bertrand


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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 inspirationsremains 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.

Selected press


Télérama Hors Série

Jean-Pierre Bertrand

October 2020

Le Monde

Jean-Pierre Bertrand

June 2020

La Libre

Jean Pierre Bertrand

October 2015



September 2010


Jean-Pierre Bertrand

February 2009

Art Absolument

Jean-Pierre Bertrand - Légendes

April 2004


Déambulations méditatives

April 2002


Jean-Pierre Bertrand - La traversée du corps

July 1999



From red to red

September 2015
Publisher: éditions P
ISBN 978-2-917768-55-6

Jean-Pierre Bertrand

April 2013
Publisher: METTRAY éditions
ISBN 978-2-9544096-0-353 €

Consubstantiellement ou l'instant unique

June 2004

ISBN 2-87900-828-X


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