When Margot Royakkers moved to Paris, moving away from her native Netherlands almost 40 years ago, she met Philippe Conord and found a model in her pictorial quest, in this relationship to a dreaming reality she shares with him, in this other language that is painting. The painter, intrigued by this young Dutch, invited her to discover his work in his studio. For Margot Royakkers, it is a revelation and the appropriation of Philippe Conord’s universe is immediate.
She recognized herself in his work, finally finding her home and then decided to dedicate her life to painting, to find a way to translate the emotion pictorially by transcending the subject, making it stronger than reality.
Philippe Conord is a jazz musician and his painting is musical, flexible, lively, free. From the beginning of his work, rhythmic is present: in the expression of his landscapes which mark the inheritance of the independent painters of Bordeaux, Boissonnet, Belaubre, Pargade, until an expression linked to the imagination, to the unconscious and the teachings of modernity.
The exhibition Intersecting Perspectives presents, through three sequences, the link between the two artists. At first, works by Margot Royakkers created during the last three years, in which the artist seeks harmony and balance in color and form, relying on nature and characters.
The second sequence focuses on the work of Philippe Conord, with a majority of works from the 2000s, in which the painter dominates the imbalance and color of the same chromatic scale, like jazz improvisation. In this imaginary reality, Philippe Conord models his perception of the various pictorial movements of the 20th century to find a personal language, characterized by a free and allusive figuration that expresses in his shades the intensity of his universe.
Finally, a final sequence will highlight the strength of the mutual attachment of these two artists, their freedom of being and expression, while sharing common roots.