Vincent Bioulès

 ( 1938, Montpellier, France)

Born in 1938, lives and works in Montpellier

A founding member of the Supports-Surfaces movement with Jean-Pierre Pincemin and Claude Viallat, among others, he moved away from it in the mid-1970s to return to figurative painting. The deep imprint of the abstract years is always felt in the rigour of the compositions and the virtuoso arrangement of the colours.

Vincent Bioulès, unlike Daniel Dezeuze, Patrick Saytour or Claude Viallat, shares with Marc Devade the particularity of never having renounced stretched canvas. But he does not stick to such painterly conventions for tradition's sake. His concern is to work the surface and accentuate the notion of its extent rather than its materiality. In his work, the surface of color is merely a veil, a colored emanation of light, similar to Newman, Rothko, or Noland. Bioules' reference owes much to Clement Greenberg's notion of the painterly.

-Initially influenced by a painter such as Boron, it is inspired then by the pictorial work of Hantaî and Sam Francis. In April 1965, Bioulès produces a very impregnated table of the work of Matisse. By 1966, with the Biennale de Venise, he discovers American painting. In the middle of the Seventies, Vincent Bioulès ceases producing abstraction, and turns again to figurative painting, portrait and landscape. The production of a series of tables illustrating a fountain and a place of Aix in Provence are the proof of its return to the figuration (1976-1978). The fabrics of 1972-1973 will be windows, because it is through them that Bioulès proposes to explore the world. Starting from 1976, Bioulès reinvests the subject as he traverses the world. He questions painting, his function, the place of his development. Encumbered space gave way to the vacuum: the workshop is a cell removed from the accessories. Bioulès does not occupy the explicit place of manner; the tools, the portfolio and one or two small fabrics suggest simply the activity. It is at the end of years 78 that Bioulès is interested in the human figure. In a kind of logic of the hierarchy of the kinds and pictorial speculations, it paints portraits.
Vincent Bioulès, object

Vincent Bioulès's landscapes have their own grammar; the subject shirk away and the verb, stopped, remain by the motif. The painter goes as Cézanne, on fields, valleys and forests, welcome images in his own language. The artist moves; and leaving the workshop for the daylight, the painting receives from this journey the action of its brush. Syntactically " what? ", the landscapes of Bioulès are direct objects.
Figurative painting, with an aim which it is given to make pass real in reality, always has this complementary function. The representation comes in support of its model, to thrive lines and colors. Works that Vincent Bioulès presents today to the galleries Bernard Ceysson and Vieille of the Temple however do not proceed of this painting. Its landscapes of charcoal, pastel and gouache are composed by the memory of the eyes and the hand, with the liking of the memories. Persistences of sometimes remote visions, these works do not have anything the figuration which one knows of Bioulès, of these Ponts de Céret nor of the severe beauties of Canigou. It's that the painter did not seek monuments, but creepage distances, in perspective for the unconscious. The paintings are thus "memories screens", similars to theirs intentions of the years Supports/Surfaces. Also is not they any more of the direct objects, but of the mediates accounts by the subjective preposition of the memory. It's no longer in this work of painting "what? ", but to seek "for what, for who, against what, against who? ". Changing lexical function, the painting is made complement of the heart here, this indirect object.
For the criticism, the painter is a relapsed heretic : figural worshipper, reformed in the abstraction, finally reconverted in a naturalism postmoderniste. This succession of forms, interwoven in the constitution of the same pictorial language, is less fickle than we would like to believe it. A single variable crosses all the Vincent Bioulès's work, it is the nature of the complement to its paint. The artist organizes the objects of his desire according to their sense and not to their image. When this desire, extrinsic, is in the sides of the mountains of noon, Bioulès goes on the motive. If the desire to paint is in the heart, it is necessary to him to overcome the emotional person.

Alexis Jakubowicz



Solo shows at Ceysson Gallery
Vincent Bioulès, Paris
June 02 - July 24, 2010


Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
SUPPORTS / SURFACES, Saint-Étienne
May 30 - August 30, 2008

Jacques Lepage. Dossier Supports/Surfaces, Paris
December 19, 2018 - January 26, 2019

Unfurled: Supports/Surfaces 1966-1976, Offsite
February 01 - April 21, 2019


Solo Shows

2019
Rétrospective, Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France

2018
Au dedans/Audehors, Galerie La Forest Divonne, Paris, France

2016
La lumière et le motif, Galerie La Forest Divonne, Bruxelles, Belgique

2015
Peintures et dessins, Galerie La Forest Divonne, Paris, France
Vincent Bioulès en vacances, la Lozère aux sources de l’inspiration, Maison Consulaire, Mende, France

2014
David et Vincent Bioulès, Commissaire : Régine de Boussac, Château de Jau, Cases de Penes, Pyrénées Orientales, France
Le débarquement à Cythère, Musée des beaux-arts de Caen Auditorium Angèle et Roger Tribouilloy, Bondy, France

2013
Galerie Vieille du Temple, Paris, France

2012
Maguelone, Galerie Hélène Trintignan, Montpellier, France
Musée Ingres, Chemins de Rome à Montauban, Montauban, France
Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France

2011
Roma, Cabinet de dessins Jean Bonna, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, Paris, France

2010
Galerie Vieille du Temple, Paris, France
Galerie Ceysson & Bénétière, Paris, France

2009
Face Nord, Galerie Alain Paire, Aix-en-Provence, France
Vincent Bioulès et la Villa Médicis, Les dessins romains, Hôtel Estrine, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
Chapelle des Gobelins, Paris, France

2008
Choses vues, Galerie Hélène Trintiqnan, Montpellier, France

2006
D’Orcival à Aigues-Mortes, Galerie Vidal-Saint Phalle, Paris, France
Espace et Paysage, 1966-2006, Musée d’Art Moderne de Céret, Céret, France
L’Atelier gris, Musée des Tapisseries, Aix-en-Provence, France
Pas à pas à travers l’Atelier Gris, Galerie Alain Paire, Aix-en-Provence, France

2005
Figures, Galerie Athanor, Marseille, France

2004
Approche d’Aigues-Mortes, Chapelle des Capucins, Aigues-Mortes, France
Galerie Hélène Trintignan, Montpellier, France

2003
Le Pic Saint-Loup, l’autre montagne, Galerie Alain Paire, Atelier Cézanne, Aix-en-Provence, France
Le Pic Saint-Loup, Galerie Hélène Trintignan, Montpellier, France

2002
Un autre Bioulès, Château Borély, Marseille, France
Nus, paysages et mythologies, Villa Tamaris, La Seyne-sur-Mer, France
A l'intérieur des terres, Galerie Hélène Trintignan, Montpellier, France
Galerie Vidal Saint-Phalle, Paris, France
Fondation Regards de Provence, Marseille, France

2001
Portraits, nus, paysages et mythologies, Musée d'Art Roger-Quilliot, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Autour de Vincent Bioulès : Vincent Bioulès avant Supports /Surfaces, 1958-1970, Chapelle Ursulines, Quimperlé, France
Œuvres graphiques, parcours, 1955-2000, Galerie Tal-Coat, Hennebont, France
Le paysage à Marseille dans les années 1990, École Supérieure d’Art, Lorient, France
Portraits, nus, paysages et mythologies, Musée d’Art Roger-Quilliot, Clermont-Ferrand, France

2000
Paris Nus, paysages et mythologies, Espace Ecureuil, Toulouse, France
Au fil de l’eau, Les Fontaines d’Aix, Musée des Tapisseries, Aix-en Provence, France
Mythologies, Galerie Vidal Saint Phalle, Paris, France

1999
Landscapes, seaside views, Thibault et Mariana de Saint Phalle, Alliance Française de Napoli,Florida, United-States
Vincent Bioulès, jalons, 40 ans de peinture, Centre Rhénan d'Art Contemporain Altkirch, Alsace, France

1998
Dessins sur le temps liturgique de l'Avent et Noël, Pâques, Pentecôte, La Toussaint, Galerie Saint-Séverein, Paris, France
Les Années Supports/Surfaces dans les collections du Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
Galerie Charlotte Moser, Genève, Switzerland

1997
Sur le motif II ou le Port de Carnon, Galerie Hélène Trintignan, Montpellier, France

1996
La Mer, Vacances bleues, Marseille
Peintures et dessins, 1966-1995, Institut d’Arts et Techniques de Bretagne, Occidentale, Brest, France
Sur le Motif I, Galerie Vidal Saint Phalle, Paris, France

1995
Le paysage à Marseille dans les années 90 Galerie Athanor, Marseille, France
Vincent Bioulès : Parcours 1965-1995, Musée de Toulon, France
La peinture en vacances, Galerie Hélène Trintignan, Montpellier, France
Vincent Bioulès : Parcours , 1965-1995, Pavillon du Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France

1994
Dessins-Peintures, École Régionale des beaux Arts, Valence, France

1993
Nues, Galerie Vidal-Saint Phalle, Paris, France
Espaces et Figures, Galerie l'Oeil écoute, Lyon, France

1992
Nues, Musée d'Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne, France

1991
Peintures 1958-1991 - Le tableau, la fenêtre … - Centre d'Art Contemporain, Saint-Priest, France
Musée Picasso, Antibes, France
Galerie Hélène Trintignan, France

1990
Vincent Bioulès, rétrospective de l'œuvre graphique, 1957-1990, Musée de l'Abbaye Sainte-Croix, Les Sables-d'Olonne, France
Portraits, nus et paysages (œuvre graphique), Galerie de l'école nationale supérieure des Baeux-Arts, Paris, France

1988
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Portraits, Galerie d'Art Contemporain Saint Ravy-Demangel, Montpellier, France
Peintures-Dessins, Galerie Hélène Trintignan, Montpellier, France

1987
Maison des Arts, Evreux, France
Bioulès au quotidien, Musée de Collioure, France

1986
Théâtre Municipal, Brive-la-Gaillarde, France

1985
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

1984
Galerie Medamothi, Montpellier, France
Institut français, Saragosse, Spain
Galerie d'Art Contemporain des Musées de Nice, Nice, France

1982
Galerie Robert Miller, New York, United-States

1981
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

1979
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Neue Werke, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich, Switzerland

1978
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Galerie Pierre Dainat, Montpellier, France

1977
Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France
Galerie Pierre Dainat, Montpellier, France
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

1976
Galerie Adda, Marseille, France

1975
Galerie Aarp, Paris, France
La peinture en vacances Galerie Pierre Dainat, Montpellier, France

1974
Galerie Rencontres, Paris, France
Galerie Flux, Perpignan, France

1972
Pages de carnets, Galerie Pierre Dainat, Montpellier, France

1967
, Montpellier, France


Group Shows (sélection)

2018
ART PARIS ART FAIR, Grand Palais, Paris, France

2017
Tout balayer, tout assimiler / Autour de Supports/Surfaces, Galerie La Forest Divonne, Paris, France
Exposition de groupe, Galerie La Forest Divonne, Paris, France
ART PARIS ART FAIR, Grand Palais, Paris, France
1 an déjà!, Galerie La Forest Divonne, Bruxelles, Belgium
Biennale d’Issy Les Moulineaux, France

2016
Passion Partagée, Galerie La Forest Divonne, Bruxelles
ART PARIS ART FAIR, Grand Palais, Paris, France

2014
Mythologies, Commissaire : Caroline Joubert, Musée de Caen, Normandie, France
Frontalité, approches du paysage (suite), Centre d’art du Château de Poncé, Poncé sur le loir, France
ART PARIS ART FAIR, Grand Palais, Galerie Vieille du Temple, Paris, France

2013
Frontalité, approches du paysage, Galerie Vieille du Temple, Paris, France
ART PARIS ART FAIR, Grand Palais, Galerie Vieille du Temple, Paris, France

2011
Salon du Dessin Contemporain, Carrousel du Louvre, Galerie Vieille du Temple, Paris, France
Papier ! Galerie Vieille du Temple, Paris, France

2010
FIAC, Ceysson & Bénétière, Paris, France

2008
Supports / Surfaces, Ceysson & Bénétière, Saint-Etienne, France

1998-2000
Les Années Supports / Surfaces dans les collections du centre Georges Pompidou, Musée du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
Maison de la culture, Namur, Belgium
Musée Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma
Musée d’art contemporain, Tokyo, Japan
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1978
10 ans, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

Public Collections

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
CAPC, Bordeaux, France
Musée Cantini, Marseille, France
Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France
Musée d’Art Moderne, Céret, France
Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint Étienne, France
Musée de Toulon, France
MAMAC, Nice, France
Musée Picasso, Antibes, France
Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg, France
CNAP, Paris, France
MAMAC, Nice, France
Frac Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Frac Rhône-Alpes, Villeurbanne, France
Frac Franche-Comté, Besançon, France
Frac Île-de-France, Paris, France
Frac Occitanie, Montpellier, France
Frac Paca, Marseille, France
1981
Marcelin Pleynet, Galerie Templon, Paris

1986
Philippe Dagen, Théâtre, Brive-la-Gaillarde

1987
Didier Ottinger, Musée de Collioure

1990
Catherine et Stéphane Guégan, Rétrospective de l'œuvre graphique 1957-1990, Musée des Sables d'Olonne

1991
Didier Ottinger, Peintures 1958-1991, Centre d'Art Contemporain de Saint-Priest et Musée Picasso d'Antibes

1992-93
Bernard Ceysson, Jacques Bauffet, Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne

1995
Nathalie Bertrand, Bernard Ceysson, Yves Michaud, Jean-Roger Soubiran, Musée de Toulon
Vincent Bioulès, "Peindre entre les lignes", Collection Ecrits d'artistes (énsp-a), Paris

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November 23, 2017


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