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Fabien Merelle

Fabien Merelle


By (author) Kathy de Neve


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  • One hundred drawings and a selection of sculpture by emerging French artist Fabien Mérelle, whose work has been exhibited worldwide to international acclaim
  • Winner of the 2010 Prix Canson, awarded annually for outstanding work on paper
Full Description
"Drawing is a line of life that I cling to in order not to fail" - Fabien Mérelle "A free spirit capable of creating and imposing both his highly-personal imaginary world and a similarity of meaning" - Artillery Magazine Fabien Mérelle is a French artist whose delicate and intricate drawings look realistic but on closer examination convey otherworldly and often disquieting subjects. Stuck to the pregnant belly of his wife, an elephant clinging on his back, or in close embrace with his father, Fabien Mérelle portrays himself as the protagonist in his drawings in an absurd and surrealistic play. He is known for the anatomical precision of his figures, the sea of white that surrounds them, and the dreamlike quality of his work. This book combines the highlights from his oeuvre to date, with a hundred drawings and a selection of sculptures. Mérelle has exhibited at The Armory Show in New York, at Art Paris, and was one of the most prominent artists in Jan Fabre's recently curated show, The Raft (Mu.Zee Oostende). In 2010, he was the first winner of the Prix Canson, awarded annually for outstanding work on paper. Text in English and French. Published to accompany a solo show in Edouard Malingue Gallery, Shanghai, October 2019, and a solo show in KETELEER GALLERY ANTWERP. May 2019.
About the Author
Fabien Merelle (b. 1981) studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and received a scholarship to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Xi'An, China where he immersed himself in oriental drawing techniques. After his return, he received a residency at the prestigious Casa Velasquez in Madrid and in 2010 he received the Prix Canson. Since then he has exhibited at The Armory Show in New York, Art Basel and Art Paris, his work has been shown in prestigious media such as Art Actual and Le Monde and is included the Fondation d'art contemporary Daniel & Florence Guerlain's collection. Merelle is represented by galleries in Antwerp, Hong Kong, Paris, Madrid and Geneva. Kathy De Neve is gallery owner at Keteleer Gallery in Antwerp.
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Lannoo Publishers
31st May 2019
320 mm x 250 mm
224 Pages
100 color, 100 b&w
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