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Cédrix Crespel



Deep Pola

Deep Pola is a series of paintings inspired by the Polaroids of Crespel’s wife and muse, Tiphaine. This series is a conversation between the couple: Tiphaine, a photographer, transforms herself through her lens into an object of desire; Crespel, a painter, divulges himself through his brush. The result is what they have managed to reconcile in their daily life as a couple. Without tricks and aesthetic pretence, Tiphaine’s photography is sincere and immediate; On the other hand, Crespel’s romanticism injects imagination into every detail of his paintings.

Through his work, Crespel examines the representation of women in society. His paintings are likened to a sensual odyssey; he depicts images of independent and passionate women who really defy what society expects from them.

On his canvas, Crespel’s brush shifts from wide-angle or ‘mise en scène’ to details, gestures, shapes, movements and colours. Form gives way to sensations, and Crespel frees the canvas from excessive and diluted stories to insist on one single element that he complements with colours and sensory stimulators. He abandons wide shots and narrows his frames to clear himself from resemblance or plausibility. He becomes obsessed with formalising a balance that matches the tone that Tiphaine’s Polaroids inspire him. Crespel immerses himself physically in his art, without being inhibited by conceptual, semantic and rational concerns.