Charpentier - De l'autre côté du miroir


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Artist CHARPENTIER Philippe
Technics Carborundum etching
Material Hand made paper Moulin de Larroque
Size 29,92" x 21,63" Inchees

"De l'autre côté du miroir"

Original carborundum etching signed and numbered by the artist.

Small run of 50 copies.

Manual intervention with paint hightlights. Each piece is different.

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Born to a French-American family in 1909 the Goetz painter, to overcome the difficulties of engraving, began looking for a technique that does not use water.

He developed in 1967, after 10 years of effort, carborundum etching.



Carborundum (silicon carbide) is a combined emanation of silicon and carbon, which is crystalline in nature and is similar to coal.

It is in the form of more or less fine-grained and has the distinction of strongly harden the materials with which it is mixed.

The recorder deposited on the metal or other support (plexiglass, ...) a paste of plastic resin (or other) and carborundum grains. Once dried, this very hard material has a relief. It is therefore not to incise a plate. The panel is used here only as a support for the added material, which is modeled asperities recessed and raised. This material has the advantage of retaining the ink with a wide variety of shades and structures.

From thereon, the printing process is identical to that of intaglio with the exception:

- The ink can be carried out both on the reliefs in the hollow,

- The shape given to the "matrix" smashes the paper and prints it in the press effect (up to 17 tons of pressure) as well as its negative colors applied by hand,

- The paper in thicker tank (600 gr) and humidified beforehand to soften it, is



The Goetz process used by painters is growing worldwide.

Variations of application and its technical possibilities are almost endless. Each artist reinvents and adapts the Goetz process open to the most diverse expressions.

Miro, Clave, Papart, Coignard, Hélénon, Brisson, including Cottavoz have applied or are still working with it always had innovation process.

Naturally it is possible to combine the carborundum etching with all other printing techniques.

Biography of CHARPENTIER Philippe:

Philippe Charpentier was born in Paris in 1949. He became a musician (drums) in jazz bands for ten years (1970-1980) and then devoted himself entirely to painting, studied painting and printmaking in the studio Henri Goetz.

First solo exhibition in 1981 and about 160 personal exhibitions including: the FIAC, Art Basel, Messe Stockholm, Art Paris Art Junction Nice, Saga, Fair Ghent, Strasbourg, Knokke-Heist, Art Monaco , etc. Works with many galleries in France and abroad. He has participated in over 450 group exhibitions.

Many public, private collections and businesses, Museum of Dunkirk, Carcassonne, Toulon, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Museum of Maribor, Ljubljana (Slovenia), Sarajevo, D-Day Museum, Isigny St Mother Médiathèques Bourges, Arles, Créteil, Orléans Limoges, the General Council of Ain, Lille urban community, Community Le Creusot, Montceau-les-Mines, Town halls Montceau, Montlucon, Billom, Lille, national Library of France, Paris, national Fund for Contemporary Art, Paris region Ile-de-France etc.

Many catalogs and monographs have been published on his work.

Henri Goetz, 1 February 1981

It is reassuring to think that he can still be a healthy paint, natural, without false problems. An instinctive painting, sufficiently sure of its means to talk a direct language: a painting that reaches us without we felt the need to locate or find him a relationship. Philippe Charpentier of the tables are needed by themselves. They have a healthy breathing, they are muscular without being aggressive, open the eyes without the request, but retain it as a familiar landscape that we discover for the first time. They invite us, like nature, to let us invade. Great beaches frank but sensitive colors accompany as actual elements that cities or fields, even almost more real because they owe their existence only to reports tones, animated by a strong desire, so that would want to consider in themselves. Forces of nature, but of a strong nature, these works speak a language without artifice, based on the intrinsic properties of their pictorial matter. Where is the painting of Philippe Charpentier ? It will not take winding paths. Each table is enriched, spawning new opportunities, discover other forms, relying only on himself. I'm sure its sound approach will remain that of the real painting, fueled by instinct and by a vision is digging deep into its own nature.

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