BADAIRE Jean-Gilles, painting, permanent artist of Galerie Capazza since 2005

Workshop notes

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.

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Public collections

Abstract Art Museum, Brenede, Belgique

National Library, France

Libraries of Blois, Romorantin, Lyon, Alès, Montpellier, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Le Puy-en-Velay, Cavaillon, Riom

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Lastest personal exhibitions

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, France

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Artist’s books

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, 2009

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