Artist of the moment…..Richard Texier…

Richard Texier is a contemporary painter and sculptor that was born in Niort, France in 1955. He is known for a variety of styles and works but I most enjoy his Surrealist sculptures of animals.

He is based out of Paris, France.

Started to paint seriously at age twelve. Eventually signs on to study architecture.

During the mid 1980s Texier has shows in both New York city and in several museums in France.

The artist has some themes he stresses in his work. Hybridization, when something can become something else, the Bear and Pig are examples of that. Another theme the artist likes to explore is skies.

The artist also likes to explore who and what we are as individuals and as groups. The artist is also aware of history of the human race and likes to explore this in addition to space and far away galaxies, perfect for exploring his Surrealistic side.

A big influence on the artist were the writings of artist Jean Dubuffet and the book Art Brut.

Another influence on the artist was the British artist Richard Long. Long is known for his landscape works many times involving a circle that explore a path of life or even the cycle of changing seasons. A work by Long is below.

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Below an Angel /Bear hybrid work by Richard Texier.

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And this pig also by Richard Texier.

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In this clip we visit some works by Richard Texier presented to use from Hughes Penot, an art dealer in France.

Price range information: The artist is very versatile working in acrylics which range from $2,000 to $45,000. Bronzes range $25,000 to $120,00o. Etchings can be found for less than one thousand dollars.  Oils range $1,000 to $40,000.

A big move in the artist’s career came in 1980 when he was commissioned by the Georges Pompidou Centre in France to produce three films featuring artist’s propaganda.

Another influence was the artist Jean Degottex. Degottex helped him to create his architectural thesis in 1979. Below is an example of Degottex’s style.

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I enjoy Texier’s diverse body of work. To be in the heart of the art world in Paris and to learn from masters such as Degottex, he is a great reflection of contemporary European art in the latter stages of the 1900s and also the  2000s.

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