PresentationThere is certainly a battle of bodies in the paintings of Jean-Marie Renault
The artist sets the paintings on large canvasses, smaller settings would not be able to contain his gesture, his movement. Body to body the painter and the space: a completely free, unfocused and its chaotic place where the human body must still find room for its own construction build and concentrate on the vision of itself.
Did the recent taboo about figurative art which we went through in painting not in fact express the growing battle between concept and mechanism over sensitivity? Probably. And in Jean-Marie Renault’s painting we can see the will to restore man to favour by the affirmation of his corporeality, his sensuality, his very much living and real substance.
The will to re-establish the feelings through bodiness, sensuality, true and living essence of the human being. With all the aspects of the painting, he literally embraces space operating a kind of fusion or fission with the highest energising degree of affective feelings.
The human body rises from this unison or this crystallisation, at the cross-roads of all the tensions, all the pulsions.
The birth or the apparition happens from and in the paint itself, that is to say, in the matter and the colour as close as possible to the meaning and to the immediate experience.