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Regis Rigaux

Regis Rigaux

The painter Régis RIGAUX was born in 1956 in Lisbourg, in the Pas-de-Calais. He will remain deeply attached to the terroirs of his region. Drawing and painting become very v

2. Adept of the Impressionists

A follower of the pioneer of Impressionism Monet, he painted only his impressions . His paintings thus reflect the painter's emotion more than the reality observed, and his desire to fix on the canvas the ephemeral emotion which a fleeting and striking spectacle has brought about in him.

On his canvases, like the Impressionists, he visualizes the visual sensations transmitted by a landscape, and in turn transmits it by playing with matter, light and color ; Its three main words.

3. Themes of predilection

His subjects of predilection, large enough, best allow him to paint the light and its effects and experience the color: maritime landscapes and urban landscapes .

He is captivated by the movements of the sea, his mystery, his gentle violence and his play of reflections that fascinate him. He then plays with the material, the thicknesses of colors that he places with the knife. Here again, color, matter, light are his master words. The atmospheric variations then offer him an incredibly fascinating stealthy play of luminous variations that he never tires of reproducing.

The artist is also exalted by the light and his games of reflection on urban architecture , and particularly the architecture of the Flemish Renaissance which he loves so much and which allows him to treat the brilliance of the colors and the vibrations of the sun On the Flemish facades. It sublimates this light with its games of reflection which submits this architecture to the fluctuations luminous by altering its forms and its contours. Thus he sketched the first canvases of Lille, then of Arras, Saint-Omer, Bethune, & c. The rain, and its play of reflections and transparency on the architecture, also inspires him very much.

His sources of inspiration, however, do not stop at his region. In the midst of his walks and travels, other urban landscapes, seized furtively, camera in hand, have also inspired and exalted him; This was the case of Spain (Cordoba, Salamanca, ...), Venice, Provence, Bordeaux and Paris.

4. The techniques used

His artistic life will be punctuated by successive technical evolutions, guided by his readings, his practices and his artistic fury. Three stages can thus be distinguished.

  • The first technique was to put the oil painting with a knife; The mixture of the oil and a resinous medium making it possible to materialize to the best the effects of the material.

  • In 2007, he then used the "glacis" technique: preparation of the bottom of the canvases in successive layers (in gesso). This technique made it possible to obtain a smooth surface and therefore to play with the effects of color and transparency.

  • His technique has finally evolved into a marriage of the two previous techniques, the glacis technique and the knife.

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