Peintre du mouvement et de l'insaisissable


Besset cherche à peindre le fugitif, le je-ne-sais-quoi d'éphémère dans le mouvement et cette tension unique qui pourtant se répète dans l'acte de peindre. Son sujet , c'est l'énergie primordiale, le geste syncopé et habitué qui caractérise tout autant le chanteur de flamenco qui attend le "duende" que le Jazzman qui prépare son solo et cherche le moment et l'état propice pour le jouer."


J.M. Smoluch, journaliste au Monde Diplomatique

Gérard Besset was born on December the 14th, 1945, in Paris.

Since 1980 he has been exhibiting his work in France and abroad.It is by means of fashion design at Lanvin & Castillo, that the painter starts drawing. Fascinated by the curves of the woman body, his encounter with the Impressionnist world of  Seurat, Signac, Renoir et Monet, makes him feel like thickening his lines with material.  He starts with a figurative represenation of his universe, and soon gives a new liberty to his artistical approach as he discovers the work of Pollock, Klein, Riopelle, Mitchell et Sam Francis.

He finds in abstraction a means of expressing his search : « to give an impression of the world by creating an art that takes place in a tri-dimensionnal universe”. His own artistical universe becomes a world of sensations resulting from conflicts between traces, materials and colours. His environment is nourished by artists such as  Pierre Soulages, Hartung, Matthieu or even Zao Wou-ki, and he distances himself from them by stressing his personal research on the surface on which the trace will be laid. Asserting he is more a visual artits rather than a painter he also expresses himself in engraving and sculpture. He experiences new rough materials such as stone, plaster and wire mesh that offer him new possibilities for his trace. Then altuglas  will seduce him to play with transparencies  and superpositions. This new technique evidences an ambivalent reading of the artworks, mixing matt and glossy aspects, transparency and opaqueness.​​​​​

 

Gérard Besset is the founder of the French cultural association « Arts Pluriels ». He organises exhibitions, conferences, public meetings, show rooms , aiming to promote the Contemporary Arts among the general public. The association is the result of his personal wish to fight for a true freedom of expression. He refuses the elitism  surrounding the artistic world and in this respect he has organised more than 30 educational trainings for children, and

40 live art performances (Music paintings). This will to communicate on this new approach of art led him to create more than 40 cultural shows all over the world, in Casablanca, Rabat, New York, Mexico, Singapour, Bali, Fort de France, Berlin, Gabrovo, Parisand  many towns in the Val d’Oise(France) where he lives and now in Bangkok.

 

Gérard Besset is the founder of the French cultural association « Arts Pluriels ». He organises exhibitions, conferences, public meetings, show rooms , aiming to promote the Contemporary Arts among the general public. The association is the result of his personal wish to fight for a true freedom of expression. He refuses the elitism  surrounding the artistic world and in this respect he has organised more than 30 educational trainings for children, and 40 live art performances (Music paintings). This will to communicate on this new approach of art led him to create more than 40 cultural shows all over the world, in Casablanca, Rabat, New York, Mexico, Singapour, Bali, Fort de France, Berlin, Gabrovo, Parisand  many towns in the Val d’Oise(France) where he lives and now in Bangkok.