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Euphoria and Suffering II by Jean-Antoine Norbert, Oil on Canvas, 81X83
 
EUPHORIA AND DREAD 
 
JEAN-ANTOINE NORBERT 
 
Solo Exhibition 
June 7-30, 2018 
 
Opening Reception
Thursday, June 7, 6:00 - 8:00pm
 
Meet the Artist at Opening Reception
Artist Talk at 7:30pm 
 
Dacia Gallery is pleased to present “Euphoria and Dread”, NYC-based artist Jean-Antoine Norbert’s fifth solo exhibition. Throughout his artistic career, Jean-Antoine’s work has frequently explored the complexities of human psychology. His new series is both a tribute to the powerful tradition of the Old Masters, particularly Diego Velasquez, whom he took as a role model during his formal training at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, and a return to his concern with the intricate language of human emotions. The new paintings also showcase the evolution of Jean-Antoine’s style since he completed his artistic training in two renowned art programs, the Angel Academy of Art and the New York Academy of Art in New York City, where he earned an MFA in May 2016. The works in Jean-Antoine’s new “Euphoria and Dread” series are intended to function as an in-depth, visual conversation between artist and viewer concerning intense human emotions such as joy, euphoria, triumph, suffering, fear, and dread. The works explore the sense of awareness of the friction between the higher self and the incarnated body that can arise with persistent mindfulness. These works were born, in particular, out of Jean-Antoine’s ongoing fascination with the way that dancers move and their open and expressive body language. With the paintings, he delves into the symbolism and language of the mind expressed outwardly by the dancer in a way that has the potential to be understood universally.
 
ARTIST STATEMENT
 
My art is a visual conversation with my audience about intense emotions such as joy, euphoria, triumph, and, conversely, suffering, fear, and dread. The works explore the sense of awareness of the friction between the higher self and the incarnated body the can arise with persistent mindfulness. Since my 30s, I have been deeply curious about these feelings and particularly what prompts them and how they are successive to one another in a wave-like motion, the low or negative sensations following the high or positive ones. I discovered through much introspection that I had become obsessed with the emotions of joy and euphoria, identifying those states as ideal in terms of the way I wanted to live and feel--as a sort of pinnacle of human experience. It had occurred to me that, in my quest for emotional fulfillment, I had come to believe that I was the only person I knew who was not feeling contentment, much less joy. And then when it happened, when I experienced real joy, I wanted to share that liberating experience through my art, probably in an attempt to preserve that state of contentment. I have used oil on canvas for this series because I find that these particular materials have an inherent sensuality to them, one that is well-suited to the visual description of bodies moving elegantly, sensually through space. Oil paint also allows me to achieve a level of brightness suited to the extreme emotions I’m trying to convey in these pictures. I use body language in my paintings to express ideas and states of mind. 
 
ARTIST BIO 
 

Jean-Antoine Norbert: Jean-Antoine made a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that is on permanent display at the British Consulate NYC. His work was sold twice in the Art auction “Take home a nude” at Sotheby’s. He has exhibited at Gallery Claire de Villaret, Paris and Michelle Landolt, New York. His work was viewed in numerous shows in New York, Florence Italy and Switzerland. He is the Recipient of The David Schafer Portrait Scholarship and has been a copyist at the Museo del Prado in Madrid. His work is in private collections in New York, Malaysia and Switzerland. He is represented by 107 Bowers Gallery in Jersey City, NJ and Dacia Gallery in Manhattan. He earned an MFA from the New York Academy of Art, a school dedicated to the study of the figure, a diploma from the Angel Academy of Art in Florence Italy and a medical degree from UNIL, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a teaching assistant at the New York Academy of Art and he gives critical feedback for art students in Manhattan. His realist artwork depicts mainly the figure.

 
 
 
 
 
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