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Jean-Charles Blais

Jean-Charles Blais was born in Nantes (Loire-Atlantique) on October 22, 1956. He attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Rennes from 1974 to 1979. Blais' was a follower of movements such as Pop Art and Arte Povera, with the work of Mario Merz having had particular influence on him.
 
Blais' work is strongly determined by medium, with his pictorial language developing from the use of re-used materials and the layering of found objects like ripped up advertising posters. Concerned with the articulation of space beyond the surface of a work, Blais creates interwoven structures based on representational motifs compounded into associative structures.
 
Thanks to a great many international exhibitions, Blais became well known in the 1980's, and by the 1990's he was exhibited in shows like Thinking Print at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  The 1996 exhibition, which featured Barbara Kruger, Kiki Smith, Jasper Johns and Brice Marden amongst others explored new approaches to print with particular themes including politics, language, photography and the representation of the figure.
 
 
 

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