Opera Gallery is presenting a solo exhibition called The Theory of Line, by French artist Bernard Buffet who lived from 1928 – 1999. The exhibition features works that span fifty years of the artist’s illustrious career offering his most celebrated work on the subjects of clowns, architecture, landscapes and still life.Bernard Buffet’s signature style of painting black, straight lines indicates a symbolic stance against the obscurity of abstraction. He stayed true to his intention to provide clarity and stability in the state of ambiguity after the war period.
About the artist
Bernard Buffet went to the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris at aged 15 and had his first solo exhibition Paris at 19. Buffet’s strong structured work that spoke of the austerity and instability of postwar Franche led to his meteoric rise to celebrity status and won him the prestigious “Prix de la Critique”, the Critics Award at age 20. He then produced annual exhibitions until Parkinson’s disease disabled him from painting and lead to his eventual death in 1999 at age 71.
A much celebrated artist, his work is included in important galleries in the world including Tate Gallery in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, as well as two museums in Japan that is dedicated solely to his work.
Date: 10-30 September 2015
Venue: 52 Wyndham Street, W Place,Central, Hong Kong
Images courtesy of Opera Gallery