LAST EXHIBITION 2009
Here in a few pages you will be presented my venture as a painter, from my meeting with Pierre Jean Chaffrey: my master 38 years ago to my last paintings. They have been 38 years of apprenticeship whose driving force has been consuming passion for creation and painting. You will be told about portrait painting first, then nude painting, landscape, seascape and eventually still life painting. At the beginning these creations should be regarded as studies, awaiting " the " painting, the expected masterpiece which desperately remains out of reach, this dissatisfaction constantly fuels this passion. Today I still regard each painting as a study. Everyday, in my painting academy, I am trying to convey this passion, this craft, this language which oil painting consists in.
"Today, Gérard Dubois is the leader of this new generation of painters who work for the rebirth of the French Painting. Reviving the old master's tradition, after long years of learning, Gérard Dubois first gained a solid reputation in the art of portrait. His best refererences are the portraits of Jean Marais, Mrs Aznavour, Jacques Higelin, and Paul Surtel's etc...
As a woman eulogist, he was very soon attracted by the feminine body of which the catches the tenderness and sensuality with a delicate and fluid texture supported by a drawing you could qualify as being Ingres-like.
Then came the time of maturity and it is through his still lives that he rached his great art. Gérard Dubois overcomes the paradoxe which consists in mastering such a precise and detailed technique of the best Dutch Painters while giving his paintings a universal dimension. As Bazaine said: - he offers us a world in which each detail, each sign is a reminder of the whole world.
Here is the secret of the communicative of his works, the secret of his astonishing success".
"Pierre Jean Chaffrey"
P.J.Chaffrey by G.D. 1991
Gérard Dubois is precocious, very precocius, when he was about 12, weren't his first models the handsome faces cut out in his mother's magazines? Shouldn't a child of that age have had other subjects of scribbling than portrait?
Later on, when a teenager, naturally he sketched the feminine body with charcoal then pastels- a technique he will practise more than enough.
The feminine beauty with her winsome shapes was still attractive to him when thanks to his master, his aesthetic guide, he tried his hand at oil painting. Then a long period was devoted to nudes which revealed with painting after painting ever more detailed reliefs. Within that same period, springing from a budding fame, he painted portraits on orders.
The painter of reality Gérard Dubois is today finds his sources in these volumes enhanced by light and shade effects that he enjoys to set up in what he calls his "black box" a theatre stage-like box for the mute actors of his silent conversations.
His drawing, rendered precise by a long training, is made easier by his myopic vision(so Dali qualified Meissonier) with enable him to achieve a style of painting which can be likened to hyperrealism for its technique, realism in its approach to the truthfulness of the impersonated objects (i.e. turning them into characters) - these same highlighted protagonists as they conspire about some unknown project.
The old still life belongs to the past long live the new still life, with Gérard Dubois it becomes silent conversation.
With all that you could ask " what about landscape?" Gérard Dubois does not leave it aside he remembers the long periods he spent watching his teacher's quick movement of his brushes, supple an brisk tools which were loaded with paint and commanded with a firm hand by his teacher as he was set on Brittany or Baux de Provence.
He likes to call his quick oil sketches his "safety valves ", vivaciously painted in less than an hour they are far away the long days spent in polishing up three apples and a glossy stoneware pitcher.
As a painter of reality or an oil painting Proteus, Gérard Dubois cannot be defined by one style".
"G. de Villedieu "
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