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NICO

 The unbridled geometry of Nicolas Dubreuille  
 

It is by roundabout paths that Nicolas Dubreuille turned to art: after beginnings in visual communication, a work as a graphic designer, and an in-depth practice of ceramics, the artist, in the mid-2010s, s 'is devoted to sculpture and painting. Gradually, he submitted his artistic practice to the language of geometry into which he infused a playful spirit excluding the austerity often associated with this form of art. 

The prolix and dynamic character of Nicolas Dubreuille's creative inspiration is expressed particularly well in his sculpture. Devoid of mass, his creations in metal or painted medium oscillate between abstraction and figuration: if they result from the intersection of flat geometric surfaces, their general appearance evokes the human figure. The arrangement of forms focuses on verticality while elements similar to limbs unfold laterally. There are also some evocative details such as a plan hollowed out by a small oculus as an eye. Nevertheless, we are gradually observing an evolution towards a more abstract sculpture. This is due in particular to his artistic creation process, he has built up a reservoir of forms with which he creates his volumes, like an endless alphabet. Indeed, the birth of a work results from the gradual addition of elements that initially were offcuts from his previous sculptures and were not intended to be used. There is therefore a part of randomness in the final aspect of the work since it is no longer the concretization in the three dimensions of a preparatory study. Nicolas Dubreuille's sculptures undeniably belong to the genre of sculpture through the virtual volumes they generate, the rhythms and the particular tensions they create in space. However, they refer to the two-dimensional syntax of painting. Playing more particularly on the use of a unique, brilliant and lively color, they have a presence that mixes the elegance of minimalism with the humor of pop, or for example Antony Caro and Keith Haring, two artists with very different universes. but who meant so much to him.

Domitille d'Orgeval 

Art critic