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Solo exhibition catalogue Dymchuk Gallery (Kyiv)

Text of Alain Rodier Balloon people

  • 1The BALLOON PEOPLE

    Dymchuk GalleryKyiv28.01-02.03.2015

  • 2Strange Galaxy. 2013 Oil paint silkscreen ink on canvas. 200160cm

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    THE FIRST MAN.

    It all started with this one man.People were wondering what was he doing dragging these big balloons. Like the ones they used to play with on the sandy beaches of the Soviet Union when they were kids. He would be seen dragging these balloons day in and day out until the image of him would become closely associated with the one of those balloons. Some say the balloons represented all his lifes baggage, his worries, his regrets, but also his achievements, and his success. They were so im-portant to his life that one day those balloons and himself turned into one entity.The first balloon man was created. It did not happen overnight, but over a certain time, in which other people seemed to evolve into this strange new spe-ciesMen and women started to transform them-selves into Balloon people. Life was evolving quite naturallyand the sight of Balloon men and women became natural. Successful balloon people had their portraits painted by famous Balloon artist who in turn helped to preserve the balloon peoples way of life...

    This painting (Strange Galaxy) was the inspiration for my balloon paintings, when I finished it the wife of a good friend of mine looked at it and said what a strange ideato do a painting of balloons Even though it was not, this remark stayed in my brain and gave me the idea that developed into this exhibition of paintings of Balloon people.

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  • 5The First man. 2014Oil paint on canvas. 130100cm

    , 2014, . 130100

  • 6How Balloon People see the world. 2015Ink on paper. 5984 cm10 prints signed and numbered 1 to 10

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  • 7The first Balloon man. 2014Oil paint on canvas. 130110 cm

    , 2014, . 130110

  • 8Anastasia turning into a Balloon woman stage 1. 2014Oil paint, ink on canvas. 8570 cm

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  • 9Anastasia turning into a Balloon woman stage 2. 2014Oil paint, ink on canvas. 8570 cm

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    Final stage of balloon transformation. 2014Oil on canvas. 8570 cm

    , 2014, . 8570

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    Reclining balloon nude. 2014Oil on canvas. 13080 cm

    , 2014, . 13080

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    Balloon Arnie. 2014Oil on canvas. 10080 cm

    , 2014, . 10080

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    Balloon woman laying on sofa. 2014Oil on canvas. 13080 cm

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    Balloon nude sitting on chair. 2014Oil on canvas. 160110 cm

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    Anna turning into A Balloon woman. 2015Oil on canvas. 10095 cm

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    A SHORT BIOGRAPHY

    Alain Rodier is a portrait and fashion photographer turned artist in 1990.

    Born in 1962 in Saint Julien en Genevoix in France. He studies economics in Paris, then quickly turns to studies in cinema as well as in photography. He becomes an assistant in both fields from 1981 to 1983. The year 1983 is the year of the start of a fashion photography career with publications in Vogue, lOfficiel, Marie Clair advertising for Givenchy, Dior. That will last until 1990 with extensive periods of time in Australia, the United States, France, Italy and ends in the UK in London. This is when he stops fashion and concentrates on his own artwork, first with collages then with paintings. He starts to include his silkscreened photographs in the composition of the paintings. This experimentation entailed his first solo exhibition in 1991 with following shows in the USA (1994) France (1995), the UK (1998) Netherlands (2008) and Lebanon (2011). Moves to Kyiv in Ukraine in February 2013.

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