Fabien Verschaere

France 1975

Urban Art, Doodle Art


Fabien Verschaere
Fabien Verschaere
February 29, 2016
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How can one escape a cruel reality? How can one child live in a hospital for the first 15 years of his life (due to a mysterious disease) and then continue to live in the outside world? A young French artist, Fabien Verschaere has an answer because that is exactly what happened to him, and what he had to live through. What Fabien did is create a world of his own, a world of wild and untamed imagination, full of hybrid creatures coming from some dreamlike circus or a fairy tale.

15 Years in Hospital and Nulla dies sine linea

Verschaere was born in 1975 in Vincennes, in the Val-de-Marne department in the eastern suburbs of Paris. Vincennes fortress and its prison were home to a notorious Marquis de Sade in 1777 before he was moved to Bastille. The Man with an Iron Mask was held there as well. Coming from the place with so much history that inspired numerous novels and movies, Fabien was predestined to make a living out of his lavish imagination.

Fabien’s world is hidden behind an enigmatic symbolism

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Fabien Verschaere – Gilles, 2013. Image copyrights © artist

Fabien’s artistic education was nurtured at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and Fine Arts in Nantes, under the direction of Robert Fleck. Extremely passionate about art, ever since his challenging childhood, this artist followed the maxim: Nulla dies sine linea – Not a day without a line drawn – as Apelles, an ancient Greek artist, said. This is why today we have the privilege to enjoy a scenery of a private universe, located somewhere between fantasy and reality, in a fully organized chaos. Nevertheless, the reality of Fabien’s world is hidden behind an enigmatic symbolism and references from history and history of art. Knowing a story behind his growing up, it is completely understanding why the focus of his work is tightly connected to the exploration of a human condition. When looking his imagery, the viewer actually enters the world between Fabien’s dreams and nightmares, a life seen through the eyes of a scared child that doesn’t know where the hospital stops and the home begins.

A Theory of Otherness as an Inspiration

Still, Verschaere’s personal mythology doesn’t lose touch with a reality – a numerous and continues references to a pop culture go along with his interest in telling a story of contrasts: life vs. death, beauty vs. repulsion. Fabien is deeply fascinated with a theory of Otherness, coming from Emmanuel Levinas, a French philosopher. This standpoint acknowledges a trace of Divine within an ethics Otherness: being anyone or anything that is not me.

A face is a trace of itself, given over to my responsibility, but to which I am wanting and faulty. It is as though I were responsible for his mortality and guilty for surviving.

Other influences and sources of inspiration can be found in German Expressionism, Joseph Beuys and Viennese Actionism, as they all fit the profile of boundary issues inquirers.Some of the artistic techniques he always comes back to are watercolors, drawings, paintings on canvas, installations and film. However, he is curious about any other way he can express his visions, so Fabien recently experimented with painting on wood and ceramics.

Human condition as a source of an inspiration

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Fabien Verschaere – Untitled, 2014. Image copyrights © artist

Verschaere’s work was exhibited worldwide, from Paris to Milan, Hong Kong, Newcastle, New York, Bucharest, Hanoi or Abu Dhabi… He participated in such events as The Force of Art at the Grand Palais and 02 Vraoum at La Maison Rouge, Paris where he came back in 2014 with the show titled The Wall.
Fabien collaborated with designers Domeau & Peres, the toymaker Elie Bleu and Centre International Glass Art in Meisenthal. He also joined forces with Pierre Hermé when they created Itinérantes Residences, based on Verschaere’s drawings.

This artist holds within a true power of being a human as he was able to found a source of consolation in hard times, creating something beautiful from something that feeds on fear and giving up. By sharing his secret universe with the entire world, Fabien was generous enough to pass some of his mental and emotional strength to a viewer, being honest about the share of fear he had and some serious doubts about the destiny’s setup.

This artist is represented by Galerie Brugier-Rigail from Paris.

Fabien Verschaere lives and works in Paris, France.

Verschaere’s portrait image copyright © Michel Lunardelli
Artworks images copyright © artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015MuxulandGalerie Im Traklhaus, SalzbourgSolo
2015PEACEMINUSONESeMa, Seoul Museum of Art, SEOUL, CoréeGroup
2015Chimères & MerveillesChâteau du Rivau, Val de LoireGroup
2015Qu’est ce qu’une idée ? Robert Fleck invite Fabien Verschaere et Guillaume BruèreGalerie RX, ParisGroup
2014The Small Theater of MuxulandMusée d’Art Moderne, Saint EtienneSolo
2014Andreas et VerschaereGalerie Huberty Breyne, BruxellesGroup
2014Art 14 LondonArt Fair, avec la Galerie RX, ParisGroup
2014Brafa, Art FairBruxelles, avec la Galerie Petits Papiers, BruxellesGroup
2013Solo ShowDocks Art Fair, Galerie RX, LyonSolo
2013The Novel of the Shegué KingGalerie RX, ParisSolo
2013Un Monde Parfait ?Veduta, dans le cadre de la 12e Biennale de Lyon, Arthotèque de Saint PriestGroup
2013Le Feu Sacréverre et création contemporaine, organisée par le CIAV, Centre International d’Art Verrier de Meisenthal, Ensemble Poirel, NancyGroup
2013Plaisir 2Galerie RX, ParisGroup
2013Quelques instants plus tard...Centre d'Art de Rouge Cloître, BruxellesGroup
201318th International Exhibition of Drawing 2013Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Rijeka, CroatieGroup
2012Exposition d’une édition de sérigraphiesGalerie Brugier Rigail, ParisSolo
2012Le Sur Mesure de FabienGalerie Domeau & Pérès, La Garenne Colombes, FranceSolo
2012AktionGalerie Traversée, MunichSolo
2012Le Cabinet de Curiosités de Thomas ErberConcept Store BMW George V, ParisGroup
2012Retour à l’intime, la collection Giuliana et Tommaso SetariLa Maison Rouge, fondation Antoine de Galbert, ParisGroup
2012Quelques instants plus tard… Art contemporain et bande dessinée, Réfectoire des Cordeliers, ParisGroup
2012Meisenthal, le feu sacré, à l’occasion des 20 ans du CIAVCentre International d’Art Verrier, site du Grand Hornu, BelgiqueGroup
2012Gromiam: les 20 ans de GrolandMusée International des Arts Modestes à SèteGroup
2012Usages et ConvivialitéAude Cartier, Maison des Arts de MalakoffGroup
2012PlaisirGalerie RX, ParisGroup
2011Lost & FoundGalerie RX, Paris (commissaire David Rosenberg)Solo
2011L’étrange Noël de Monsieur et Madame de La ChâtreGalerie Martine et Thibault de La Châtre, ParisGroup
2011Art MiamiFoire d’art moderne et contemporain, avec la Galerie RX, Miami, USAGroup
​2011AccrochageGalerie Traversée, MunichGroup
2011Le Cabinet de curiosités de Thomas Erberchez Browns, concept store, LondresGroup
2011L’art comme plaisir au quotidien, Gilles Fuchs, collectionneurEspace d’art contemporain H2M, hôtel Marron de MeillonnasGroup
2011Paris Première s’exposeGrand Palais à l’occasion des 25 ans de Paris Première, ParisGroup
2011Les Sentiers de la sculpturePolo Club, St TropezGroup
2011AnteprimaGalerie Oredaria, RomeGroup
2011Pas de visa pour l’au delàSalon de la Mort, Carrousel du Louvre avec Art + 2, Paris.Group
2011Art ParisFoire internationale d’art moderne et contemporain, Grand Palais, Galerie RXGroup
2011Drawing NowSalon du dessin contemporain, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, Galerie RXGroup
2011Dessins contemporains du musée d’art & la collection Philippe PiguetMusée d’art de ToulonGroup
2010Sweet Inspirationorganised by Galerie Enrico Navarra, Galerie Adler, ParisSolo
20102de Edition d’Art Contemporain Port IzmirInstitut français, Izmir, TurquieGroup
2010château de miromesnil (Maupassant)DieppeGroup
2010The Digital HandNational Taïwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taïwan, ChineGroup
2010Fantasmagoria, le monde mythique, 10 ans: un musée, un Frac, une collectionMusée d’art moderne et contemporain, Les Abattoirs, ToulouseGroup
​2010NeweraGalerie RX, ParisGroup
2010Parcours Saint Germainhôtel Lutetia, ParisGroup
2010Figures de RêvesEspace Doual’Art, Douala, Cameroun (exposition d’œuvres du FNAC)Group
2010Aktualität eines MediumsGalerie Krinzinger, VienneGroup
2010Salon du Dessin ContemporainCarrousel du Louvre, ParisGroup
2010Art Paris + GuestsGrand Palais, ParisGroup
201034ème Edition de la foire ArteFiera Art FirstGalerie Oredaria, Bologne, ItalieGroup
2010La Main Numérique, peindre, dessiner, filmer, numériserMaison d’art Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent Sur MarneGroup
2009Fantasy WorldThe Bui Gallery, Hanoi, VietnamSolo
​2009Disegni EuropeiGalerie Oredaria Arti Contemporanee, Rome, ItalieGroup
2009Eat MeGalerie Strasbourg en collaboration avec le CIAVSolo
2009Pass me the pepper, works on paperGalerie Metropolis, ParisSolo
2009Phase Zéro, 96 propositions spatialesObservatoire de l’Espace du CNES, Galerie Serge Aboukrat, ParisGroup
2009Bye Bye PolaroidLeic’art, WHARF, Centre d’art contemporain de Basse NormandieGroup
2009Docks Art FairFoire internationale d’art contemporain, LyonGroup
2009Paris & Création, installation dans une vitrine des Galeries Lafayette en écho à l’exposition VraoumLa Maison Rouge, ParisGroup
2009Comic StripLouise Alexander Gallery, Porto Cervo, ItalieGroup
2009Vraoum, Trésors de la bande dessinée et art contemporainLa Maison Rouge, ParisGroup
2009De la couleur au trait, 40 ans de figuratifEspace culturel François Mitterrand, PérigueuxGroup
2009Modern CircusLa Force de l’Art 02, Triennale d'art contemporain, ParisGroup
2009TILT, Œuvres du Centre national des arts plastiques en région CentreMusée des Beaux Arts, OrléansGroup
2009Art ParisFoire d’art moderne et contemporain, Grand Palais, ParisGroup
2009Salon du Dessin ContemporainCarreau du Temple, ParisGroup
2008Xmas PartyMusée national d’art contemporain de Bucarest, RoumanieSolo
2008The Florence and Daniel Guerlain collection: selected drawingsServices culturels de l’Ambassade de France, New York, Etats UnisGroup
2008From Brooklyn with LoveParker’s Box Gallery, New York, Etats UnisGroup
2008La main numérique, peindre, dessiner, filmer, numériserEcole d’Art de la Communauté De l’agglomération d’AnnecyGroup
​​2008Pour Partir en BeautéGalerie Metropolis, LyonSolo
​​2008I Kiffe NYFrench Urban Cultures Festival, Ambassade de France, New York, Etats UnisGroup
2008Moleskine DetourPrintemps Design au Centre Pompidou, ParisGroup
2008Animations/FictionsMuseum of contemporary art, Bucarest, RoumanieGroup
2008Du dessin à l’animation du dess(e)inCentre Wallonie Bruxelles, ParisGroup
2007Hong Kong After MidnightArt Statements Gallery, Hong Kong, ChinaSolo
2007After Seven remixBaltic, Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, AngleterreSolo
2007Apocalypse pleaseGalerie Michel Rein, ParisSolo
2007Seven Days hotelMusée d’Art Contemporain, LyonSolo
​2007Dessine moi un…galerie Serge Aboukrat, ParisGroup
2007French Kissin’n in the U.S.A.The Moore Space, Miami, Etats UnisGroup
​​2007Babe, I’m on fireParker’s Box Gallery, New York, USSolo
2007Suite françaiseKrinzinger Projekte, Vienna, AutricheGroup
2007Agorafolly outsideEuropalia, Bruxelles, BelgiqueGroup
2007Agorafolly insideLa Centrale électrique, Bruxelles, BelgiqueGroup
2007It’s Simply BeautifulLaboral Centro de Arte, Gijon, EspagneGroup
​2006CopycatGalica arte contemporanea, Milan, ItalieSolo
2006Das Märchen im GlashausInstitut français, Munich, AllemagneSolo
2006AbsolumentalLes Abattoirs, ToulouseGroup
2006Nuits BlanchesParisGroup
2006Magic Travel Take AwayMusée de l’abbaye de Sainte Croix, Sables d’OlonneGroup
​2006Fumus FugiensSmart Project Space, Amsterdam, HollandeGroup
2006Novel of GameParcours d’art contemporain, Fontenay le ComteGroup
2006Notre HistoirePalais de Tokyo, ParisGroup
2005Sexy FairyGalerie J.B.B., MulhouseSolo
2005Kidding ParkGalerie Michel Rein, ParisSolo
2005Emergency CultureGalerie To b art, Saint BarthélémySolo
2005Magic TravelBiennale de LyonGroup
2005Expanded Painting2ème Biennale de Prague, République tchèqueGroup
2005SinguliersMuseum of contemporary art, Guangdong, ChineGroup
2005InhabituelFabbrica del Vapore, Milan, ItalieGroup
2005Secret TalkingBiennale de SélestatGroup
2005Show me what you don’t wantGalerie Traversée, Munich, AllemagneSolo
​2005Coming Soonrèglement de contes à Muxuland, Espace Paul Ricard, ParisSolo
​2004StatementGalerie Traversée, Munich, AllemagneGroup
2004Kasper TimeCampus Galerie der Britsh American Tobacco, Bayreuth, AllemagneSolo
2004Shooting for funArt Statements Ldt, Hong Kong, ChineSolo
2003I’ve got you under my skinGalerie Draiocht, Dublin, IrlandeSolo
2003A Novel for LifePalais de Tokyo, ParisSolo
​2003Coming in Coming outContemporary Art Centre Luigi Pecci, Prato, ItalieSolo
​2003FragilesMusée des beaux Arts, ReimsGroup
2003Once upon no time, 49 nights for a poemGalerie Michel Rein, ParisSolo
2003Distant ShoresParker’s Box, Brooklyn, New York, Etats UnisGroup
2003Drawing by number = 150Glassbox, ParisGroup
2003A novel for LifeChâteau du Rivau, installation permanente sur l’eau (céramiques peintes)Group
2002New Chinonhôtel de Ville, ChinonSolo
2002Juste pour Voir Dessin(s)Ecole Nationale d’Art et de Design, LimogesSolo
2002National MuseumKinshasa, CongoSolo
2002Paris Brooklyn (with Saâdane Afif)Parker’s Box, New York, Etats UnisSolo
​2002No IdeaCentre de Création Contemporaine, ToursSolo
​2002Dessins XXLle Lieu Unique, NantesGroup
2002Breathing spaceParc André Citroën, ParisGroup
2002Palais de TokyoSite de Création Cotemporaine, Paris (inauguration)Group
2001Biennale of TiranaGalerie Nationale, Tirana, AlbanieGroup
2001Nos rendez vousGalerie Michel Rein, ParisGroup
2001Blanches NeigesCentre National de la Photographie, ParisGroup
2001Sincères félicitationsENSBA, ParisGroup
​2001En outreCentre Culturel Français, Turin, ItalieSolo
​2001TraverséeMusée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris / ARCGroup
​​2000ProdigeEspace Paul Ricard, ParisGroup