Laurent Hours

b. 1946 Paris, France

Laurent Hours paintings feed on a peculiar atmosphere; he offers viewers snapshots of memory in dreamlike settings. He recounts stories with depictions comprised of natural elements, of the earth, water, stone and sun. He creates stories of towns which have vanished or perhaps never existed, of oceans and deserts splashed in ochre. His scenes are warm and strong, and settings in which his minute figures often attempt to claim it, like a string of froth clinging to the sand.

Laurent Hours works with varnish, he decided on such a unique medium because it allows him to produce works that evoke the feeling of ancient frescos and the sense of the passage of time. Hours finds inspiration in crumbling walls, ancient architecture, prevailing relics of ancient monuments. His application of archeological melancholy in his work reflects the state of the past. Over time, Hours has slowly given way to a simplified work, more poetical in its enigmatic images.

Hours combination of varnish and canvas produces backgrounds complete with numerous opposing layers of color mingled together creating a tangible sense of depth. Laurent Hours actively searches for deep and rich material to fill his canvases, similar to the patinas of years gone by. He then defines his oceans and deserts, constructs his towns, and then finally uses a light brush to draw in his mysterious figures.

Laurent Hours has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe throughout the last 35 years. His work is featured in prominent public collections such as the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux and the French Embassy in Nairobi. In addition to his presence in multiple public collections, Hours has received numerous awards and distinctions including the Prix Delmas de l’Institut de France in 2007 and the Grand Prix international d’Art Contemporain de Monte Carlo Prix de ICOM (International Council of Museums) in 1980.


SELECT EXHIBITIONS
2013 Laurent Hours, Axelle Fine Arts, New York
2013 Spring Group Show, Axelle Fine Arts, Boston
2013 Winter Group Show, Axelle Fine Arts, New York
2012 Laurent Hours, Axelle Fine Arts, Boston
2011 Laurent Hours, Galerie Felli, Paris, France
2011 Axelle Fine Arts, Boston
2003 Matsukya Art Gallery – Japan
2003 Shimose Fine Art – Tokyo
2002 Art Strasbourg
2002 Ginza Mintsukoshi – Tokyo
2001 Florence Foundation
2000 Claudine Legrand Gallery
1999 Shimrose Fine Art, Tokyo, Japan
1998 Gallery Claudine Legrand, Paris, France
1997 Gallery Claudine Legrand, Paris, France
1997 Shimrose Fine Art, Tokyo, Japan
1996 Gallery Zedes, Bruxelles, Belgium
1996 Gallery Guerard, Paris, France
1996 Prince’s Building, Hong Kong, China
1995 Gallery Claudine, Legrand, Paris, France
1994 Gallery Zedes, Bruxelles, Belgium
1994 Museum Champollion, Figeac, France
1994 Gallery Guerard, Paris, France
1993 Gallery Claudine Legrand, Paris, France
1993 Gallery d’ Haudrecy, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium
1993 Gallery Guerard, Paris, France
1993 Gallery Herold, Bruxelles, Belgium
1992 Gallery Zedes, Bruxelles, Belgium
1991 Museum do Saint-Maur, Villa Medicis, France
1990 Gallery Dertcheid, Bruxelles, Belgium
1989 Gallery 2016, Bruxelles, Belgium
1989 BP Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium
1988 Gallery Felman, Paris, France
1987 Gallery Felman, Paris, France
1986 Gallery Felman, Paris, France
1985 Gallery Felman, Paris, France
1982 Gallery Ferrero, Geneve, France
1977 Gallery Massol, Paris, France
1975 Center Cultural Francais, Sarrebruck, France

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
National Modern Art Museum, Paris, France
Beaux-Arts Museum, Bordeaux, France
Modern Art Museum of Paris, Paris, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Saintes, France