Pierre-Luc Bartoli

Born in Aix-en-Provence in 1973 to an art afficionado father, self-trained painter Pierre-Luc Bartoli grew up surrounded by painting and art.

In 2002, he moved to Paris and had his first exhibition at Galerie Selzer Lejeune followed in 2003 by a second one at CNEA (the national art education centre) - Grenier des Grands Augustins (former Picasso studio) in the sixth arrondissement of the city.

For the past 15 years he has exhibited regularly around the theme of landscape, urban scenes, and genre painting. His work is part of a French neo-expressionistic tradition.

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His approach to the canvas, wood panel or monotype on paper is to let the brush, the colour and the material guide him, and to let go. It makes for a fragile end-result, but therein lies the potency of his work. Instead of gladdening the eye, it seizes hold of it. It is hard to look away, impossible to disregard. It captures and entraps the gaze.

Bartoli’s painting is bold, instinctive, sculptural. Devoid of narrative and concept, sometimes even unsettling, his works are nothing if not dramatic.

Painting is a kind of quest. A quest to escape the human condition and to give things meaning.”

The subjects come to me. I don’t go and look for them; they find me. Why does an image become an obsession? I don’t have an answer to that. But I like the randomness of it all, the constant activity. Something accidental, a stain, or something falling is always far more interesting than something you might set out to do deliberately.”

In 2019, Pierre-Luc Bartoli met and began collaborating with Parisian gallerist Cyril Guernieri, based in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Cyril is a proponent of new French figuration.

 

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Plage de Khep I - 2020 - Huile sur toile - 60x120 cm
Plage de Khep I - 2020 - Huile sur toile - 60x120 cm
Plage de Khep II - 2020 - Huile sur toile - 60x120 cm
Plage de Khep II - 2020 - Huile sur toile - 60x120 cm
Pinède - 2020 - Huile sur toile - 200x300 cm
Pinède - 2020 - Huile sur toile - 200x300 cm
Barrière aux ronces III - 2019 - Huile sur toile - 200x160 cm
Barrière aux ronces III - 2019 - Huile sur toile - 200x160 cm
Souche - 2020 - huiles sur toile  - 130x195 cm
Souche - 2020 - huiles sur toile - 130x195 cm
Palmier mer grise - HST 2019 - 160x200 cm HD copy
Palmier mer grise - HST 2019 - 160x200 cm HD copy
Cases au palmier - 2019 - HST - 210x140 cm
Cases au palmier - 2019 - HST - 210x140 cm
Bogues rouges - 2020 - HST - 80x80 cm
Bogues rouges - 2020 - HST - 80x80 cm
Sous-bois au couchant - 2019 - HST - 100x100 cm
Sous-bois au couchant - 2019 - HST - 100x100 cm
Souche I - 2019 - HST - 73x54 cm
Souche I - 2019 - HST - 73x54 cm
Sentier - 2019 - HST - 200x250 cm
Sentier - 2019 - HST - 200x250 cm
Roncier au couchant - 2019 - HST - 80x80 cm
Roncier au couchant - 2019 - HST - 80x80 cm
Pinède bleue II - 2018 - HST - 170 x 270 cm
Pinède bleue II - 2018 - HST - 170 x 270 cm
Pin au couchant - 2019 - HST - 73x54 cm
Pin au couchant - 2019 - HST - 73x54 cm
Bouleau - 2019 - HST - 80x60 cm
Bouleau - 2019 - HST - 80x60 cm
Bogues III - 2019 - HST - 73x54 cm
Bogues III - 2019 - HST - 73x54 cm
Bogues II - 2019 - HST - 210x140 cm
Bogues II - 2019 - HST - 210x140 cm
Barrière aux ronces - 2019 - HST - 160x200 cm
Barrière aux ronces - 2019 - HST - 160x200 cm
Torrent - 2018 - HST - 180x180 cm
Torrent - 2018 - HST - 180x180 cm
Porte aux ronces - 2018 - HST - 162x130 cm
Porte aux ronces - 2018 - HST - 162x130 cm
Châtaignier II - 2018 - HST - 162x130 cm
Châtaignier II - 2018 - HST - 162x130 cm
Châtaignier II - 2018 - HST - 162x130 cm
Châtaignier II - 2018 - HST - 162x130 cm
Casedu à l'aube - 2018 - HST - 97x146 cm
Casedu à l'aube - 2018 - HST - 97x146 cm
Bogues IV - 2018 - HST - 200x160 cm
Bogues IV - 2018 - HST - 200x160 cm
Bogues III - 2018- HST - 46x55 cm
Bogues III - 2018- HST - 46x55 cm
Bogues III - 2018 - HST - 200x300 cm
Bogues III - 2018 - HST - 200x300 cm
Tronc moussu - 2017 - HST - 50x65 cm
Tronc moussu - 2017 - HST - 50x65 cm
Sous-bois, les pins - 2017 - HST - 146x97 cm
Sous-bois, les pins - 2017 - HST - 146x97 cm
Porte aux ronces I - 2017 - HST - 100x100 cm
Porte aux ronces I - 2017 - HST - 100x100 cm
Baraque au soleil II - 2017 - HST - 162x130 cm
Baraque au soleil II - 2017 - HST - 162x130 cm
Châtaigneraie - 2016 - HST - 210x140 cm
Châtaigneraie - 2016 - HST - 210x140 cm
Barrière II - 2016 -HST -  81x100 cm
Barrière II - 2016 -HST - 81x100 cm
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