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Constucts and Inventions: The Etchings of Erik Desmazières

Jepson Center May15 - October 26, 2009

Exhibition Closed October 2009

This captivating exhibition features a diverse selection of work by French printmaker Erik Desmazières including architectural views, building interiors, grotesque figures, and still lifes. Although major one-person shows of Desmazières’ prints have recently been mounted by museums in France, Switzerland, Italy, and the Netherlands, Constructs and Inventions marks the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States.

Desmazières is considered to be one of the finest printmakers of his generation, boasting a body of work remarkable for both its sheer technical brilliance and its unrelenting originality. Defying simple categorization, his work is influenced by a host of old master artists including Giovanni Piranesi, Jacques Callot, Albrecht Durer, and Rodolphe Bresdin. A skilled draftsman with a sophisticated command of process and technique, Desmazières manipulates space, atmospheric light, and shadow to evoke an otherworldly realm of fantasy and imagination. His subjects range from elaborate architectural perspectives and fictional vistas; to domestic interiors and lush garden scenes populated with goblins and gargoyles; to grotesque dreamscapes in the tradition of Bosch and Goya.

This exhibition was organized by Telfair Museums with assistance from Fitch-Febvrel Gallery and Childs Gallery.

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Images from top to bottom:   Erik Desmazières (French, b. 1948) Imaginary City (detail), 1990; Etching, aquatint and roulette, 7 x 18 3/4 inches; Fitch-Febvrel 124; Courtesy Fitch-Febvrel Gallery. Erik Desmazières; Galerie Vivienne (detail), 1990. Etching, aquatint and roulette, 24 â…œ x 17 ⅝ inches. Collection of Erik and Jody Saarmaa, Boston, Massachusetts.

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