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From 17 to 20 October 2019, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury had the pleasure of participating for the first time in the International Contemporary Art Fair - FIAC 2019, held at the Grand Palais in Paris. The Gallery presented a solo exhibition of the Ivorian artist Ouattara Watts.
Abidjan, Paris / New York / Abidjan, Paris.
The echo of a musical rhythm that resonates from life to painting and vice versa. These three cities are key nodes in the artistic career of Ouattara Watts. They draw a geography made of round trips and stages; a fluid geography like the visual and spiritual ones found in the artist's works.
Under the nave of the Grand Palais, on the occasion of the FIAC, it is with Paris that Ouattara Watts renews old ties: with the demiurge Paris that welcomed him during his training at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, with the precursor Paris also where Watts frequented the world of contemporary art and presented the first exhibition of his career more than thirty years ago; before moving to New York where he still lives and works today.
"My vision is not bound to a country or a continent; it extends beyond borders and all that can be found on a map. While I use identifiable pictorial elements to be better understood, this project is nevertheless about something much wider. I am painting the Cosmos."
Black architect, mystical storyteller, music painter and poet of the invisible, Ouattara Watts has built a dreamlike work rooted both in a local territory and in a global history. The artist's paintings speak to us in the manner of an encrypted language whose resonances are ancestral and yet particularly contemporary today. Beyond the signs that never cease to evade their function and that Ouattara Watts borrows and quotes, it is a universal idiom that resonates in his works. The interplay of materials, the tangle of the organic to the geometric, the chromatic symphony gives life to a visual and plurivocal choir.
Extract from the catalogue published on the occasion of the FIAC 2019