Born in France in 1981, lives and works in Paris. Adrien studied Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins (BA) and at the Royal College of Art (MA) in London, UK. For many years, he has been an art director for fashion magazines in London and Paris. He is also a painter and collaborates regularly with the Villa Noailles in Hyères. His paintings tend to be naive, intimate portraits of friends, lovers and strangers. They can be goofy, sexy or innocent. Lately his work has taken a more journalistic approach and his practice is drifting towards documentary, combining interviews with painted portraits.
In 2017, Adrien was invited by Jean Pierre Blanc, head of La Villa Noailles, to an Art Residency on the “Ile du Levant” in France. He painted 45 portraits of people who resided on this tiny island, a naturist village perched on a rock in the mediterranean sea. The series depicts a small community of strong-willed individuals who choose to live life their way, with no clothes, no cars, at a different pace.
The focus of his Despina residency project is to portray the cultural resistance to the far right and the possible interactions between communities. Adrien will paint portraits and do interviews with activists, artists, intellectuals, free spirits, people working on the environment, women’s right, afro-American rights, LGBTQ rights and the protection of the Amazonian populations.
to be posted soon