Book launch : Xavier Noiret-Thomé

About this event

ince 1994, Xavier Noiret-Thomé has been building up a corpus of paintings of remarkable diversity. Readers of this book will discover the painter’s influences, and his openness in discussing them. “You always paint what you are,” says Xavier Noiret-Thomé, illustrating his point with a reference to Pollock and Cézanne. “I take everything: history, memory, cinematographic forms as well as specifically visual ones, and in a space-time that is not linear but elastic.” According to Bernard Marcadé, Xavier Noiret-Thomé’s conception of painting is anything but puritanical or absolutist. He welcomes it both in its “grandeur” (its history, its tutelary figures) and for its “weakness” (its impurity, and even its triviality). The art of  Xavier Noiret-Thomé, writes Marcadé, is at once figurative and abstract, iconophile and iconoclastic, high and low, contemporary and untimely. It combines all kinds of media, from acrylic, lacquer and spray to chrome, ink and the addition of objects such as coins, mirrors and nuts and bolts, sometimes veering off into the creation of protean sculpture-objects. Xavier Noiret-Thomé sees the development of his painting in terms of telescoping and collapsing forms. Perception of the work can never be linear. Rather, the beholder is confronted with a complex, unstable development that ventures outside categories, determinisms and comfort zones.

Xavier Noiret-Thomé is born in 1971 in Charleville-Mézières. He lives and works in Charleville-Mézières and Brussels.

This publication is published with the support of the Centre national des arts plastiques, the Office Régional Culturel de Champagne Ardenne and la Communauté française de Belgique. With the partnership of Muba Eugène Leroy, Tourcoing, Tanit gallery (Munich - Beyrouth) and Wilma Lock gallery (Saint-Gall).