Rémy de Haenen | Summer
Space Gallery SOHO, New York
May 18 – June 24, 2023
Space Gallery St Barth is delighted to announce an exhibition of paintings by artist Rémy de Haenen.
Rémy de Haenen is a french artist, born in Martinique, which he called home along with St Barth until he was 17 years old. Descendant of a family that arrived in the Islands centuries ago, his childhood was deeply marked and influenced by the cultural diversity, freedom, colors, sea, sky and creatures of the Islands.
Now, Rémy presents “Summer”, at their New York City Gallery from 18 May till 24 June 2023 where the artworks captures those long days at the beach or by the pool, basking in the sun and endless lazy afternoon picnics. Even a swim at golden hour.
The artist also invites the public to the Exhibition Vernissage where he will talk about his recent art, his style and his connection to St Barth. The Vernissage will take place on the first day of the exhibition on Thursday,18 May 2023.
*RSVP till 17 May since space is limited.
Rémy de Haenen Afternoon Swim at Golden Hour, 2023 Oil on canvas (39.37 x 39.37 in / 100 x 100 cm)
Color is indeed central to this series. Beach scenes and island life are depicted saturated in block color giving the pieces a Wesselman-esque identity or note of Hockney sometimes appear.
De Haenen uses the centrality of the female body and the advertising aesthetics of Pop Art. That way, the artist express the sensuality of these scenes as relaxed snapshots. They are a gesture of love for his homeland and a longing for the persistence of the Caribbean identity.
“In my works I stick to the idea that color and painting form a language that can speak to the mind, the body and to the hidden magical mysteries of Caribbean souls. Since color is fundamental and it is everywhere when you set a foot in the islands. It has magic (sometimes elusive) and provokes the eye and body as if it were a material substance.”, says Rémy.
However, the exhibition is also comprised of several sculptures. In his signature style painted on a series of acrylic plates that give the subject matter volume, shape and bring them to life. They are beautiful little gems that celebrate color and nature coming into bloom as summer arrives.
Rémy de Haenen Once Upon a Time, 2023 Oil on canvas (43.31 x 43.31 in / 110 x 110 cm)
Rémy de Haenen Les Trois Regards, 2023 Oil on canvas (43.31 x 43.31 in / 110 x 110 cm)
ABOUT SPACE GALLERY ST BARTH
Established in 2011, Space Gallery St Barth is a contemporary art gallery. Dedicated to showcasing painting, photography, and sculpture by established and emerging artists. Space Gallery St Barth has built up an impressive roster of artists. As of today, the gallery has locations in St Barth and New York City and regularly exhibits in Monaco and Miami. The gallery’s location in New York City has been open since November 2018.