Sébastien Mehal

Sébastien Mehal

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Born in 1970

Lives & works in Martinique

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16 single expositions

32 grouped expositions & fairs

10 fairs

Collected by museums and foundations Collection HGB - Paris, Arcay - Paris, Kawada - Tokyo Foundation of Corsica for the Promotion of Contemporary Art


Presentation of the artist

Sébastien Mehal shares with us a world apart from a reflection on life in an urban environment. Marked in his personal history by the phenomenon of the city and its singularities - frantic pace, anonymity, visual icons, social codes -Sébastien Mehal draws all his inspiration from his experiences. From the technique (the paint he uses is made up of pigments from the automobile industry) to the subjects treated (architecture, communication, the solitary individual, the subjective experience), modern life at the heart of his creation.

Some of his works are characterized by the use of industrial materials - graphical aluminum structures recalling the scaffolding of changing or expanding cities - on which are fixed paintings and other creations. But the artist also introduces in his works noble materials such as bronze and marble.
Through a minimalist aesthetic, he proposes a sociological and psychological reflection of society that he captures as an observer or a lookout. And in his artistic vocabulary, the light bulb appears as a key element.

Since his childhood, he has always had a fascination with the technical precision and beauty of light bulbs. From this motive - a sort of conceptual Electricity Fairy - he describes contemporary urbanity through electric metaphors: the social tensions that are quite strong on his native island - sometimes electric - with quite large differences in economic levels and where the social fabric is not made of a continuum but of breaks, reflections of a social complexity.


Sébastien Mehal launches his gesture of curative value in his recent works thanks to these splashes of "injected" liquid paints using large industrial or medical syringes. The smooth textures of the early times give way to subtle reliefs, capturing and reflecting light while introducing a deep effect in a work of painting and serigraphy very rich visually by the subtlety of the compositions, colors and images chosen by the artist.

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Nationality : France / French Southern Territories / Martinique

Painting Sculpture Contemporary Art

In connection with

espace d'art contemporain 14°N 61°W, Fort-de-France - Martinique


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1970

Born in Martinique

Education

2000

Graduate of the Higher School of Audiovisual Production (ESRA Paris XV) in Paris

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1996

Graduate of the School of Architecture in Paris

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Solo exhibitions & presentations

2017

« Accident », espace d’art contemporain 14N 61W, Fort de France (Martinique)

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2016

« Partir », Galerie Lélia Mordoch, Paris (France)

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2016

« Urbanité », Maelle galerie, Paris (France)

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2015

« Dé-construction », Fondation Clément, Le François (Martinique)

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2014

« Mémoire au monde », Villa 47, Centre d’art, Marseille (France)

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2014

L'Artocarpe, Le Moule (Guadeloupe)

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2011

« Off-on / in-out », (curator Bruno Hoang), Galerie Acabas, Paris (France)

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2011

« Paysage & Mémoire » L’Artocarpe, Le Moule (Guadeloupe)

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2010

« Lueurs », Galerie Ephémère, Paris (France)

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2010

Première vision Paris, VIP lounge, Paris (France)

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2009

« 1999-2009 – Paintings », Heartgalerie, Paris (France)

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2009

« Urban Landscape », Heartgalerie, Paris (France)

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2008

« Liberty », Gallerey Pastor,MC (Monaco)

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2008

« City », Heartgalerie, Paris (France)

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2008

« City », Galerie 96, Paris (France)

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2008

« Paintings », Cube Galerie, Paris (France)

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Group exhibitions & fairs

2018

« Jè Jodi Dèmin », espace d'art contemporain 14N 61W, Fort de France (Martinique)

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2018

« Sans Titre », espace d’art contemporain 14N 61W, Fort de France (Martinique)

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2016

Art Paris, Grand Palais, Paris (France)

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2016

« Group exhibition », espace d’art contemporain 14N 61W, Fort de France (Martinique)

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2015

Art Paris, Grand Palais, Paris (France)

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2015

Galerie Lélia Mordoch, Miami (USA)

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2015

« What’s in stock ? », espace d’art contemporain 14N 61W, Fort de France (Martinique)

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2014

« Minimenta group », (Heartgalerie, Paris (France)

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2014

« La petite collection », Galerie White Projet, Paris (France)

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2014

Art Elysée, Paris (France)

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2014

Galerie Lélia Mordoch, Paris (France) – Miami (USA)

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2011

« Représentation », Studio Ramponeau, Paris (France)

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2011

Artcurial, Hôtel Royal Monceau, Paris (France)

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2011

Art Paris -Just art, Paris (France)

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2010

Fondation Michel Rovelas, Basse - Terre (Guadeloupe)

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2010

Collection A.F.C / Construction, Parlement européen, Strasbourg (France)

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2010

Paris/Berlin, Kunst Galerie Berlin, Berlin (Germany)

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2010

Paris/Berlin 2010, Berlin (Germany)

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2009

« Art Protects », Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris (Paris)

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2009

« Made In Vienna », Museums Quartier Wien, Wien (Austria)

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2009

« Projets », Fondation Culiori d’umani EESC, Bruxelles (Belgium)

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Publications & essays

2015

Dé-construction, Fondation Clément

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2006

Depression and Society, in Journey into the Heart of Bipolarity, Edition John Libbey

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