Humbler Bernard Frize

Ridiculous, useless, powerless, derisory and absurd

Bernard Frize, French artist has invented the cheering, pastel yet orderly colour of non-representative work, lifting me to see the pure work of his processes, experimentations, and the urge to make art without expressing or sending messages of any kind.

At this stage, I see myself finding interests in the less form of expressive figuration, and moving into the realm of viewing and making, and finding the joys in the process of making.

“First of all, by being less ambitious, not thinking that I would change the world, which I did not understand, and that my action would be more limited. Before being political, a work of art has to be a work of art. It’s more that this piece of art has to be in conformity with your thoughts, so I found a way that was much humbler and that I could be satisfied with.”

“Nobody is interested in my ego, so I don’t think a painting has to do with that. I’m not at all an expressionist; I always thought that expressionism was staged, so I don’t feel I have to provide this.”

“The subject of my work is not to create processes and rules – they are just ways of doing my work or fueling my desire to work… Painting is a way of exploring ideas and embodying them, so that they can be seen and shared.”

Bernard Frize
Travis, 2006, oil on canvas, 285 × 240 cm
 
PHOTO ANDRÉ MORIN © BERNARD FRIZE/ADAGP, PARIS 2019
LedZ, 2018, acrylic and resin on canvas, 280.5 × 522.5 cm
 
PHOTO CLAIRE DORN. COURTESY OF PERROTIN & BERNARD FRIZE © BERNARD FRIZE/ADAGP, PARIS 2019

https://www.forbes.com/sites/yjeanmundelsalle/2019/11/07/for-french-artist-bernard-frize-painting-is-all-about-not-making-choices-and-not-expressing-himself/?sh=447871af69e1