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H. Bismuth cv, artist statement, exhibition list , Courtesy of Chisholm Gallery


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H. Bismuth cv, artist statement, exhibition list , Courtesy of Chisholm Gallery

  1. 1. in association with in association with Turtles & Ravens LLC presents Henry Bismuth Jeanne Chisholm 845-373-8370
  2. 2. Henry Bismuth Curriculum Vitae Born: Paris, France, 1961   In 1964, at the age of three, Henry Bismuth began drawing. Recognizing and encouraging his interest, his Father took him regularly to the Louvre where he became familiar with the work of European artists as well as Egyptian, Greek and other of the ancients. At the age of twelve, he was given a book on Japanese blockprints. Becoming fascinated with the subject, he began to collect related books and catalogues.     In 1979, he visited the United States for the first time and spent considerable time at museums in New York City and Washington, DC. It was in the National Gallery in Washington, DC, that he fell in love with Rubens’ “Daniel in the Lions’ Den.” When he returned home to France, he began studying on his own the work of Rubens, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Velasquez, Gericault, and Delacroix.   From 1979 to 1986, he was a student at the Faculte de Medecine Xavier Bichat, Paris VII, France. Coming from a family of medical doctors, it was understood that he would undertake medical studies.   In 1985, he married and his first son was born.   In 1986, at the end of his next to final year, Henry Bismuth left medical school realizing that medicine was not his path. He, then, dedicated his life to his passion, painting and drawing. From then to 1988, he studied art extensively on his own. He discovered different artistic traditions and pictorial worlds. It was during this period that his life was forever changed. It was impacted by the discovery over a six-month period in New York City of the paintings of American artists: John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, Robert Henri, Georgia O’Keeffe, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, and Andrew Wyeth. Shortly after this, his interest expanded to modern and contemporary art although in his first paintings the influence of Japan remained dominant. In December, 1988, his first two one-man shows were held. One was in Paris, the other in Brussels. His interest in Kabuki – one form of Japanese theater – served as a base to present his vision of life. Thereafter, he took part in collective exhibitions in France, Russia, Spain, Japan, and Denmark. Also, during this period, he began his exploration into different mediums – oil and watercolor – and started to work extensively on assemblages.   In the Spring of 1990, Galerie Ariane in Paris held a major exhibition of his new paintings and assemblages. Jeanne Chisholm 845-373-8370
  3. 3. Henry Bismuth Curriculum Vitae continued In 1992, two years later, Galerie Ariane presented a new body of his work which showed his ability to experiment and innovate. As Japanese references began to shed their importance, everyday life assumed precedence. Whatever he encountered became art and part of his painting. In 1994, Galerie Ariane exhibited his first paintings of corvids surprising his audience and patrons alike. Corvids had intertwined with his life and become the seed of an important theme shortly after the conclusion of his prior show when they invaded and over populated his neighborhood.   In 1994, he received an award in recognition of his excellence at the Salon des Artistes Naturaliste in Bry sur Marne, France.   One year later, in 1995, “The Raven,” the largest of his paintings on corvids, was selected to be exhibited in the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin as part of their twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of Birds in Art, which is held annually. “The Raven” subsequently became part of their permanent collection. With this show, his exhibitions in the United States began.   By the end of 1995, he completed a painting of magpies commissioned by the Newcastle Football Club in the United Kingdom.   In April, 1996, he was invited by the Woodson Art Museum to show in what became the final edition of their biennial exhibition, “Wildlife: The Artist’s View.” This trip to the United States influenced his future direction initiating an intense period of reflection. He changed his way of doing and seeing things. His choices became different. His interests were in the transformation of what is living, the transmutation of matter. He became aware of the passage of time, of what was lasting and what was ephemeral. He began an intense period of drawing from the figure using various models. He painted birds and unusual still-lifes.   In the Fall of 1996, the Musee Histoire de Naturelle in Paris organized their first exhibition of “Contemporary Naturalism.” Three of his largest corvid paintings were shown for the occasion and a detail of one of them served as the image for both the invitation and the show’s poster.   From December, 1997 through January, 1998, he had his first one-man show entitled “Crows and Flying Pumpkins” at Galerie 23 in Barbizon, France. This exhibition was his first personal show since Galerie Ariane in 1994 and reflected the new direction of his work.   From September, 1995, when he had his first show at the Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin and the end of 1998, he had sixteen group shows in various United States museums including in Wyoming, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Texas, Ohio, and one in Canada.   Jeanne Chisholm 845-373-8370
  4. 4. Henry Bismuth Curriculum Vitae continued From the international exhibition, “Ocean and Other Images,” at the Gallery Petronas inKuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1999, through Spring, 2001, his time was devoted to his studies. He was interested in how we think and translating that juxtaposition of ideas and images into his paintings. He noticed how recurrent images were entering his work and realized how interesting it became to link all the different themes together even though there was no apparent connection. This resulted in his production of unique individual paintings composed of multiple images From then till the end of 2007, his work became increasingly autobiographical. Rather than painting linearly one series after another of the same subject, he worked spirally with one series simultaneously enriching another. In October, 2007, he was awarded second place at the 21 st Prix de Peinture in Saint-Grégoire, France, for two of his paintings. After several years’ absence, in the Spring of 2008, on a visit to New York City, he reconnected with past and contemporary American art. He felt rejuvenated just as he had when he first experienced it fourteen years prior.   During the next two-year period, he commuted between Paris and New York City, where he was spending increasingly more time. His focus was less on painting than on conceptualization. His work was undergoing a major shift. We now see emerging something new as the means became at his disposal to attain his purpose. The combination of painterly conceptual and poetic maneuvering was what shaped his process now.   In 2009, he started to exhibit his paintings with Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. By the end of that year, he had had thirty-five group shows at museums in the United States.   From November 30th through December 5th, 2010, he exhibited at “Arts for a Better World,” Art Basel Miami Week.   In January 2011, he created Turtles & Ravens, a business partnership with Susan C. Beer.   Jeanne Chisholm 845-373-8370
  5. 5. Henry Bismuth Artist Statement My paintings are largely autobiographical, an acute observation of the constant transformation of everything that enters my life. The bridge linking life and art is the surface I work upon. By immersing myself in it, I go beyond myself, and become increasingly free. The process in itself is self revealing. I use it to investigate, explore, manipulate and ultimately celebrate the way in which we see, in which we perceive things. This becomes an uninterrupted exchange, a window between two worlds – an inner one and an outer one.   Painting, like life itself, is a journey. I visualize what I want to achieve yet without the knowledge of how I am going to reach my destination. My satisfaction results not from my successful arrival, but from the discoveries and inventions I encounter en route.   My journey begins with feeling, then thought. Shape and color follow with the harmony between texture and gesture being my obsession. As I symbolically gather the pieces of the puzzle, my main interest, my subject is the light, the subtle equilibrium between light and shadow. The complex interaction between memories and the idea of memory is my theme. What is interesting is what is timeless, neither a reflection of the current day nor the nostalgia of the past but that which endures. The ordinary becomes extraordinary.   All the means are at my disposal to attain my purpose. I splash, drip, scrub, sand, finger, and scrape. The combination of painterly, conceptual, and poetic maneuvering is what shapes my process. The sensual buildup of paint layer upon layer, a dense application of paint, a smooth surface juxtaposed with impasto creates a sense of depth. The sensual detailing of the surface while remaining figurative reflects my own assertion that I am interested in what we don’t see when we try to focus on what we do see.   Each painting is unique just as each viewer’s experience of it is unique. Asian sculptures, human figures, animals, trees, and still compositions emphasize the relation between the individual and the collective dimension in the sense that the work stands as both a subjective testament in the space of recollection and a public memory in the contemporary setting. It all represents a diary in images. I propose. I do not impose.     Henry Bismuth May, 2011 Jeanne Chisholm 845-373-8370
  6. 6. Henry Bismuth Exhibition List   INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS   2010 Turtles and Ravens Gallery (Bedford, NY, USA), “New Works’   2008 Saint-Grégoire (Saint-Grégoire, France), “Arbres et Lumiere” Galerie 23, Domaine de Rochevilaine (Billiers, France), “Oeuvres Recentes”   2007 Galerie 23, Domaine de Rochevilaine (Billiers, France), “Rondins et Grenades”   2006 MAC 2006 (Paris, France), Oeuvres Recentes”   2005 MAC 2005 (Paris, France), La Serie Horse Crow”   2004 Galerie 23, Domaine de Rochevilaine (Billiers, France), “Peintures de Nature“   1997 Galerie 23 (Barbizon, France), “Corvides et ‘Flying Pumpkins’”   1994 Galerie Ariane (Paris, France), “Corvides”   1992 Galerie Ariane (Paris, France), “Oeuvres Recentes”   1990 Galerie Ariane (Paris, France), “Peintures et Assemblages”   1989 Press Club de France (Paris, France), “Nouvelles Peintures de Kabuki”   1988 Zerbib (Paris, France), “Kabuki” Galerie Angle Aigu (Brussels, Belgium), “Kabuki” GROUP EXHIBITIONS   2011 Gerald Peters Gallery (Santa Fe, NM, USA) “Contemporary Naturalism” National Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson Hole, WY, USA), “Western Visions”   2010 Stoneshire Art Exhibit (Bedford, NY, USA), “New Works” Gerald Peters Gallery (Santa Fe, NM, USA), “Contemporary Naturalism” Arts for a Better World. Art Basel Miami Week (Miami, FL, USA)   Jeanne Chisholm 845-373-8370
  7. 7. Henry Bismuth Exhibition List continued GROUP EXHIBITIONS continued 2009 Lindsay Wildlife Museum (Walnut Creek, CA, USA), “Birds in Art” Franck H. McClung Museum, University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN, USA), “Birds in Art” Galerie 23, Domaine de Rochevilaine (Billiers, France), “Miniatures d'Artistes” Montshire Museum of Science (Norwich, VT, USA), “Birds in Art” Miller Art Museum (Sturgeon Bay, WI, USA), “Birds in Art” Gerald Peters Gallery (Santa Fe, NM, USA), “New Works from the Dept. of Naturalism”   2008 Grand Hôtel of Cabourg (Cabourg, France), “Le Temps Retrouvé” Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (Wausau, WI, USA), “Birds in Art, XXXIII rd edition”   2007 Arnot Art Museum (Elmira, NY, USA), Birds in Art” Galerie Flora J, Salon de Rambouillet (Rambouillet, France) 21ème Prix de Peinture, 2nd Award of Painting of Saint Grégoire(Saint Grégoire,France) “ Arbres et Lumiere”   2006 National Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson Hole, WY, USA), “Birds in Art” Museum of the Red River (Idabel, OK, USA), “Birds in Art” Parc Floral (Paris, France), “Les Artistes s'affranchissent”   2005 Saint-Amand-Montrond, France, “La Cité D'or au Centre de la Création” Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (Wausau, WI, USA), “Birds in Art, XXX th edition” Abbaye-aux-Dames (Caen, France), “Le Pli s’illustre”   2004 49ème Salon d’Art Contemporain de Montrouge (Montrouge, France) Centre Culturel Bellegarde (Gandia, Spain), “Rouge”   2003 Espace Auteuil (Paris, France), “Grands et Jeunes d'aujourd'hui” 48ème Salon d’Art Contemporain de Montrouge (Montrouge, France) Fresnes Art Espace (Fresnes, France) John D. Mac Arthur State Park (North Palm Beach, FL, USA), “Natural Selections V, Miniature Show” Galerie 23, Domaine de Rochevilaine (Billiers, France), “Couleurs d'Automne” Galerie AM Tunnel, BCEE (Luxembourg), “Grands et Jeunes d'aujourd'hui” Ariane Essor (Levallois-Perret, France), “Eau Douce et Autres Images””   Jeanne Chisholm 845-373-8370
  8. 8. Henry Bismuth Exhibition List continued GROUP EXHIBITIONS continued     2002 Salon d’Art Contemporain de Viry-Châtillon (Viry-Châtillon, France) 47ème Salon d’Art Contemporain de Montrouge (Montrouge, France) Lindsay Wildlife Museum (Walnut Creek, CA, USA), “Birds in Art” Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (Wausau, WI, USA), “Birds in Art, XXVII th edition” Congis sur Thérouanne (France), “Les Ballades de Congis”   2001 Galerie 23 (La Roche-Bernard, France), “Inauguration” Musée de la Poste (Paris, France), “Les Artistes prennent le pli” Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (Wausau, WI, USA), “Birds in Art, XXVI th edition” Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, Southern Utah University (Cedar City, UT, USA), “Always Animals” The Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University (Athens, OH, USA), “Birds in Art”   2000 John D. Mac Arthur State Park (North Palm Beach, FL, USA),“Natural Selections IV” Galerie 23 (Barbizon, France), “Retrospective” The William S. Fairfield Public Gallery (Sturgeon Bay, WI, USA), “Art and the Animal”   1999 Galerie 23 (Barbizon, France), “Selections” Ariane Essor, Gallery Petronas (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), “Ocean and Other Images” Bigfork Arts and Cultural Centre (Bigfork, MT, USA), “The Nature of Animals”   1998 Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences (Peoria, IL, USA), “Birds in Art” Michelson Museum of Art (Marshall, TX, USA), “Birds in Art” Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Orlando, FL, USA), “Art and the Animal” Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (Wausau, WI, USA), “Birds in Art, XXIII rd edition” Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris, France), “Salon des Artistes Naturalistes”   1997 John D. Mac Arthur State Park (North Palm Beach, FL, USA), “Natural Selections III” James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN, USA), “Birds in Art” Natural Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson, WY, USA), “Birds in Art” Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (Wausau, WI, USA), “Birds in Art, XXII nd edition” 1996 Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (Wausau, WI, USA), “Wildlife, The Artist’s View” London Natural History Museum (London, United Kingdom), “Wildlife Art” Wendell Gilley Museum (Southwest Harbor, ME, USA), “Birds in Art” Jeanne Chisholm 845-373-8370
  9. 9. Henry Bismuth Exhibition List continued GROUP EXHIBITIONS continued   1996 continued Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (Wausau, WI, USA), “Birds in Art, XXI st edition” The Witte Museum (San Antonio, TX, USA), “Art and the Animal” Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris, France), “Salon des Artistes Naturalistes” Dayton Museum of Natural History (Dayton, OH, USA), “Birds in Art” Aparté (Paris, France), “30 Artistes - 60m²”   1995 Galerie Ariane (Paris, France), “Bestiaire d’Artistes” Espace Eiffel (Paris, France), “Comparaisons” John D. Mac Arthur State Beach Park (North Palm Beach, FL, USA), “Natural Selections II” Ariane - Essor (Dammarie les Lys, France), “Art Actuel” Old Algonquin Museum (Ontario, Canada), “Art & The Animal” Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (Wausau, WI, USA), “Birds in Art, XX th edition” Waterfowl Festival (Easton, MD, USA), “Birds in Art” 1992 L’art à l’école (Paris, France) Grand Palais (Paris, France), “Comparaisons” Exposition d'Art d'Ernée (Ernée, France) Mairie de Levallois-Perret (Levallois-Perret, France), “Itinéraires” Galerie Ariane (Paris, France), “Peintures et Aquarelles “   1991 Union des artistes (Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia), “Figuration Critique” Festival d’art (Osaka, Japan) Fondation Santillana (Santillana, Spain), “Figuration Critique” Rundetarn (Copenhagen, Denmark), “Figurations” Galerie Ariane (Paris, France) Grand Palais (Paris, France), “Figuration Critique” Espace Belleville (Paris, France), “Figurations Contemporaines”   1990 Galerie Ariane (Paris, France), “Assemblages” Grand Palais (Paris, France), “Figuration Critique”   1989 Espace Cardin (Paris, France), “La Nuit des Jeunes Créateurs”   1988 Galerie Bellecourt (Lyon, France), “Oeuvres sur Papier” Jeanne Chisholm 845-373-8370