It is morning, with a dry anxiety that blocks me. I enter the studio, the coffee still smoking behind me, a small smell of pigment, bitumen and linseed oil wafting lightly up to my ears. We work here. This factory sweat tires the shutters, the day has difficulty in entering, but the persistent light rubs all the same the stained bundle of colors which serves me to sponge all the aborted paintings.
I stand there in front of the work in progress. The wall merges with the flowing lines: how all the canvases overflow!
I look, using my fingers as glasses, at a detail, a sentence in comet, I scratch a blister of color, I blur with the index finger the little thickness of the line. All speed of the hands on the canvas, digressions, which circulate, contradict each other, combine and signal the other side of things.
Jean-Gilles Badaire, Mali, paintings, June 1999
Jean-Gilles Badaire was born in 1951, in Bourges. He lived and worked near Chambord.
As a student, he discovered the works of various surrealist artists and writers and soon started his "collage series" which were later shown for his first exhibition, by Sophie Babet in her gallery Le Triskèle, in Paris.
His regular travels to Western Africa, in Mali in particular, have also played a major role in his artistic work.
Another important aspect of his career is his collaboration with major French publishers (Fata Morgana, Lettres Vives, Le temps qu’il fait…), as he often illustrates poems or short novels for them. His latest "accompagnements" or illustrations were for famous writers such as Julien Gracq, Blaise Cendrars, Marcel Griaule, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Lokenath Bhattacharya, Salah Stétié…
Jean-Gilles Badaire passed away in November 2022.Read more
Abstract Art Museum, Brenede, Belgique
National Library, France
Libraries of Blois, Romorantin, Lyon, Alès, Montpellier, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Le Puy-en-Velay, Cavaillon, RiomRead more
2021 Galerie Veyssière Sigma
Enfances, Galerie Capazza, Nançay
2020 Le torse d’une femme à la pureté d’un vase, grands courbes simples d’un fruit désiré – Parcours d’art contemporain autour d’Auguste Rodin – 1 exhibition, 5 locations
2019 L’arbre, c’est le temps rendu visible, Galerie Capazza, Nançay
Re-Naissance[s], Hôtel Goüin, Tours
Les accompagnements, 2009-2018, books and artworks of Jean-Gilles Badaire, from December 14th to June 16th 2019 – Bibliothèque Abbé Grégoire - Blois
2018 Office du Tourisme of Vierzon, from December 2018 to March 2019
2017 Un ensemble pour Jules Léquier, au Musée de Vendôme
2015 Les Quinconces, L’Espal, Le Mans, France
Librairie Nicaise, Paris, France
2013 La Galerie Bleue, Riscle, France
Centre d’art de Montrelais, France
2012 Château de Chambord, France
2009 Cloître de la Trinité, Musée de Vendôme, France
2008 Bibliothèque Abbé Grégoire, Blois, France
Bibliothèque, Abbeville, France
2007 Espace Liberté, Crest, France
Galerie Remarque, Trans-en-Provence, France
Galerie Carla Milivinti, Blois, France
Fabrique du Pont d’Aleyrac, Saint-Pierreville, France
2006 Galerie M.R, Angoulême, France
Galerie D’Ys, Bruxelles, Belgium
Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Boulogne-sur-mer, France
2005 Château de Tours, France
2004 Collégiale Saint Pierre Le Puellier, Orléans, France
Médiathèque de Château Arnoux, France
2003 Chapelle Saint-Jacques, Vendôme, FranceRead more
Lettre à Agnès. Editions du Solier, 1988
Journal de la poussière. Editions du Solier, 1989
Carnet de notes. Bibliothèque de Romorantin, 1993
Greniers dogons. Fata Morgana, 2000
Faire des études pour être mendiant. Cadex, 2001
Monotypes, Pure Editions, 2002
La surface des morts, Fata Morgana, 2004
Petite pose sur les ordures, Fakir Presse 2006
Les révoltes secrètes, Fata Morgana, 2009Read more