Alain Séchas

Lives and works in Paris.
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Biography
Alain Séchas was born on June 16, 1955 in Colombes. He taught drawing in state schools until 1996. Since 1981, his work as an artist has been exploring drawing as a projection that does not escape the viewer. From a simple drawing on paper to mobile, three-dimensional enlargements of characters with cat-heads, the (sometimes dark) humorous and human dimension has a strong presence in his work. In Paris, he is represented by Galerie Laurent Godin.

Alain Séchas has created many publicly commissioned sculptures:

2008 Sonsbeek 2008, Lazy King, Arnhem, (Netherlands).

2007 Les Grands Fumeurs, commission for the park at MAC/VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, (France).

2001 Public commission for the tramway columns in Strasbourg, (France).

1999 Triplechaton, public commission, Le Safran, Amiens, (France).

 

He has participated in many exhibitions in France and abroad:

2016 Coup de vent, Musée d’Art Moderne de La Ville de Paris, (France).

2008 Nuit et jour, Le Forum, Maison Hermès, Tokyo, (Japan).

2005 Jurassic Pork II, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, (France).

2002 Les Somnambules, Chapelle Saint-Louis de La Salpêtrière, Festival d’Automne, Paris, (France).

2002 Trivial Pursuit, Mamco, Geneva, (Switzerland).

2001 Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg, (France).

1998 Premises, Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York, (US).

1996 Bienal de São Paulo (Brazil).

 

Since the 2008 exhibition “Rêve brisé” at the Musée Bourdelle in Paris, where the ‘cats’ momentarily disappeared in favor of abstract paintings, he has been continuing his drawing work in tension with the materiality of painting. His 2018 exhibition at the Musée de l’Abbaye Sainte-Croix in Les Sables d’Olonne connects that 2006 period with today, mixing abstracts and found cats…

Photo Gallery
Alain Séchas, Oyster Therapy, 2005. Acrylic on canvas, 228 x 167 cm. Pearls, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 240 x 192 cm.
Alain Séchas, Diptyque bleu (Blue Diptych), 2014. 2 oils on paper, 110 x 80 cm each.
Alain Séchas, Hans Jean Arp, 2000. Color silkscreen on polycarbonate, 171 x 116 cm each.
Alain Séchas, Le Chat Écrivain (The Cat Writer), 1996. Polyester, acrylic on canvas, various objects, 200 x 300 x 150 cm. Collection of Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Fréjus, 2015. Oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm. Photo: Yann Bohac

Alain Séchas last activities at the foundation

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