Axelle Fine Arts presents a solo exhibition of new oil paintings by French artist Marc Chalmé. This will be Chalmé’s debut exhibition at Axelle; however, he has developed a considerable following in France and across Europe due to his distinguished and unique style. His works, typically still lifes and quiet figurative pieces, are characterized by a mysterious dreamlike quality that is simultaneously serene and eerie. They depict a world we are familiar with - domestic interiors, quiet streetscapes and women - yet they are permeated with an intriguing peculiarity.
Perhaps one of the most impressive and notable aspects of his work is his treatment of natural light; the canvases often seem to glow organically from within. His approach highlights his deep understanding of the intangibility of illumination while demonstrating his mastery over his medium of choice. This innate ability to skillfully render the complexities and subtleties of the relationship between light and shadow is exceptionally rare. His works are intimate scenes of small moments, such as a woman setting the table or descending the stairs. However, Chalmé’s tender depictions externalize these contemplative moments and make the quotidian, the usual and the often--‐overlooked parts of life significant and beautiful again.
Born in 1969 in Lorient, a seaside town in Brittany, France, Chalmé studied at art schools in the cities of Nantes and Rennes in France. Afterwards, he studied under artist Georges Pichon, recipient of the coveted Prix de Rome. Chalmé spent many of his formative years experimenting and seeking out his own, individual style, which he has now firmly established. His work has been shown consistently in European galleries since his first solo exhibition in 2005. His most recent exhibition in France was critically acclaimed by Gazette Drouot, France’s largest fine arts auction house review. Axelle is proud to host Chalmé’s New York premiere and will hold a reception for the show on September 28, 6-8pm; the artist will attend and be available to discuss his work.