Galerie Eva Presenhuber is pleased to announce an online viewing room featuring new sculptures by Jean-Marie Appriou. Our online presentation accompanies Appriou's exhibition, Fire on the Sea, which is now on view at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Waldmannstrasse, until June 13.
For this exhibition, the artist has arranged his sculptures into three rooms that each draw on an inspirational source unique to the group of works contained: freshwater, the ocean, and caves. Appriou continues to explore these inspirational realms in his art, all of which have one thing in common: the evocation of spaces he describes as “matrix-like.” These three worlds are, in fact, just that, each with a tendency to invoke stories, shapes, and figures. Appriou’s work conjures up an entire Pantheon, ranging from Greek mythology (Hades, Atlas, the Cyclops, a naiad) to Shakespearian prose (Ophelia), as well as a recollection of aesthetic experiences that have played a decisive role in his art: English Pre-Raphaelite painting, William Blake, Hieronymus Bosch, Odilon Redon… and ancient sculpture, from which he borrows the strategy of adding eyes to the sculpted bodies of his characters.