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Jerome Lagarrique (B.1973, Paris, France)
Jerome Lagarrique (B.1973, Paris, France)
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Jerome Lagarrigue (B.1973, Paris, France)

Jules with stripes (Son)

Jerome Lagarrigue (B.1973, Paris, France)
Jules with stripes (Son)
signed (on the reverse)
oil on linen 
50 x 50 in. (127 x 127 cm.)
Painted in 2019.

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Lot Essay

Jerome Lagarrigue was born in 1973 to a French father and an African American mother, and was raised in Paris. He moved to the United states in 1992 and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (class of 1996). He has since received several awards for his work, including the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award as well as the Ezra Jack Keats Award (2002). He taught a drawing and painting class at the Parsons School of Design in New York from 1997 to 2005. A documentary, Jerome Lagarrigue: portrait of an artist, directed by Richard Mothes and Anne-Laurence Bizeau, was selected for the sixth International Documentary Competition at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, 1998).?In 2005, Lagarrigue was one of the recipients of the grant and residency program at Villa Medici in Rome. At the end of his stay, he held a solo exhibition in the villa’s main gallery, entitled “Paesaggio del Viso” (Landscapes of the Face).
In 2007 he collaborated with celebrated African-American poet Maya Angelou, for the illustrations of her book Poetry for young people.?In 2009, Jerome Lagarrigue was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera to paint Tosca. The painting was part of the opera’s set design (season 2009–2010 opening, directed by Luc Bondy, set design by Richard Peduzzi).?In 2010 Jerome was one of a hundred artists to have been personally selected by Georges Lucas to participate on an exclusive project commemorating the original Star Wars trilogy. In 2010 Jerome was commissioned by Georges Lucas to produce a painting commemorating the Starwars trilogy for “Starwars Vision”.?He also created Round Zero, an animation project commemorating Rumble in the Jungle, the historic fight held in Kinshasa (Zaire) in 1974 between Mohammad Ali and Georges Foreman.
In 2012 Jerome Lagarrigue was featured in a full length documentary entitled HEAVYWEIGHTPAINT about four Brooklyn-based figurative painters.?In 2014, Jerome Lagarrigue’s solo exhibit at Driscoll Babcock gallery in Chelsea NY entitled “Visible Man” focusing on Albino Model Shaun Ross the exhibit received major press attention.?In 2015, Jerome was asked to participate in the 1st edition of “No Commission” curated by Swizz Beatz and Nicola Vassel, he also participated in “Manifest Justice” in Los Angeles.?In 2017 his solo exhibit entitled “The Tipping Point” depicting fictional riot zones was critically acclaimed in London.?In 2017 The Rhode Island School of Design invited Jerome to display his solo exhibition entitled “Radiant Silence”.?In 2019 Jerome’s work was included in “Generation War” at the Torrance Art Museum. Collectors include: Blake Byrne, Swizz Beatz, Georges Lucas, Peter Berg, Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Beth De Woody, Hill Harper, Carmelo Anthony to name a few.

The artist resides and works in Brooklyn. Jerome is represented by Galerie Olivier Waltman (Paris/Miami), and Lazinc (London).

Artist Statement:
Jerome Lagarrigue’s latest work is the manifestation of an obsession with family. These paintings of his relatives range from literal to figurative and even imagined, spanning generations, cultures, races, and continents. Some are abstract and reference less, constructed from memory. Others have been plucked from family photographs, in many cases old ones: a tiny photo booth print of his father as a young man, his Harlem raised African American mother standing behind her white Parisian in-laws.
After deep reflection and engagement with such photos, Lagarrigue calls them “encounters”, he extracts the details that intrigue him the most, enlarges them, reconfigures and recontextualizes them, invents riots of wild color where there had been none. These are his people, the myriad facets of his experience, lifted out of place, time memory. Generations are blurred, context vanishes. With each of these intense, emotionally-charged paintings, Lagarrigue is crafting an alternative narrative of his family’s past, present and future: his side of the story.

Instagram: @jlagarrigue

Courtesy the artist and 
Destinee Ross-Sutton & Associates
Art Curation, Advisory and Management 
IG : @desti.knee

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