Nicolas Dubreuille (Nico) was born in 1975. He lives and works in the South West of France. After studying graphic design in Bordeaux, he moves to Dublin in 1999 and travels around the world until 2004.
Main solo shows: 2008: Galerie Talbot, Paris - Centre culturel des Carmes, Langon, France. 2007: Galerie Daudet, Toulouse, France. 2003: Spazio Culturale Frida, Milan, Italy.
Group shows: 2009: St-art, Strasbourg, France - ArtNÎM, Nîmes, France - Art Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania. 2008: GMAC, Paris - Artenim, Nîmes, France. 2007: GMAC, Paris - GMAC, Valbonne, France. 2006: SIAC, Marseille, France - GMAC, Paris.
"Je marche sur la tête (Walking on my head) is the title of a sculpture in coloured resin by Nico which speaks for itself. Having first studied graphic design, Nico turned his attention to sculpture in the year 2000 and has since developed his own personal style, both playful and unconventional, but nevertheless part of art history. His lacquer-coated resin sculptures or acrylic drawings on rice paper bring to mind celebrated contemporary artists such as Arp, Brancusi, Calder, Etienne-Martin, Moore, Smith, etc... They are also reminiscent of Bertrand Lavier’s Disneys or could relate to minimalism, pop art and free figuration. Nico’s inventiveness, his way of opening doors between these different paths, between abstraction and figuration, concept and expression, stands for creative and outstanding art. Matrix, geometric, biomorphic and totemic forms all encased within each other, the sculptures are reminiscent of individuals, animals, habitats and architectures. The sculptural elements consist of modules or solid and curved forms with smooth surfaces. They are brought to light with monochrome and vivid, luminous colours: yellows, reds, blues, greens... These artificial, industrial colours, similar to those of sugared sweets, appear as synthetic as the resin Nico uses to build the structures and as the objects mass-produced by our consumer society which are similar to these unique sculptures. Nearly always pierced with holes, holes/eyes (we walk on our head but we look, see, and can be seen), holes/sexual (we are reminded of the symbolism of rings), elevations or rounded forms, the sculptures are reminiscent of untold stories (most of the time they don’t have a title). With Nico’s sculptures, you have to go beyond the evenness of his three-dimensional art, look through the other side and try to walk on your head." Pascale Le Thorel
Nicolas Dubreuille NICO
Catalog 64 p. (format 24,5 x 21) September 2012: text by Isabelle de Maison Rouge (Galerie Elizabeth Couturier)