Jérôme Borel

Portrait of Jéröme Borel in this studio by Justin Creedy Smith
© Justin Creedy Smith // Galerie Mathias Coullaud

Jérôme Borel Les crocs, 2012

Acrylic on canvas180 x 180 cm
© Courtesy // Galerie Mathias Coullaud

Jérôme Borel, Arizona, 2012-2013

Acrylic on canvas114 x 162  cm
© Courtesy // Galerie Mathias Coullaud

Jérôme Borel, Plan de campagne, 2014

Acrylic on canvas130 x 162 cm
© Courtesy // Galerie Mathias Coullaud

Jérôme Borel

Jérôme Borel


It was then that he decided to become a professional painter. 
He is largely self-taught, although he did spend some time at the University of Montreal in Quebec to learn more about the history of modern and contemporary art.
In 1989-1990 a joint project on nomadic pastoralists and their sedentarisation took him to Djibouti with the support of a 'Villa Medicis Hors les Murs' grant. In 1992, he spent some time in residence at the Institut Français in Naples. In 1995, with the support of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, he left for a residency in Johannesburg and Soweto, South Africa. In 1997, he was welcomed by the Institut Français in Thessaloniki to pursue the graphic work he had begun in Africa.
He identifies with Jeff Wall's brilliant comment about how an artist's true role is not to destroy or violently attack the pictorial tradition to which he belongs but to explore its legitimacy by integrating a critical dimension into his work. Jérôme Borel explains, "I paint abstract paintings with figurative motifs. Each of them is a possible response to the questions life poses."

A monograph on the artist's work is currently being prepared for autumn 2017.


What are your artistic origins?
I began painting and drawing during a long convalescence after a traffic accident. For several months my days were entirely focused on and organised around practising painting by copying old masters. Several years later I decided to dedicate most of my life to painting.

Did you choose painting or did the medium choose you?
I did not have to choose because there was never any question about it for me: my art developed naturally out of mastering painting techniques. Interestingly, I soon surrounded myself with reproductions of masterpieces from various schools I found in encyclopaedias.

The artistic guidelines of the Gallery are centred on an ironic, satiric and offbeat vision of the world. Do you recognize yourself in this approach?
I do identify with an often offbeat view of the world, especially if that means stepping back to take an alternative, critical view of art history, of the ways we perceive and represent reality, and of artistic production in general, and mine in particular.


SOLO SHOWS (Sélection)
2017  Solo-show, Art Paris-Art Fair, Galerie Mathias Coullaud, March-April
Jérôme Borel, peintre français?, Galerie Mathias Coullaud, September-October
2013 Tableaux 2, Galerie WhiteLabs, Milan, Italy, October.
         Tableaux 1, Galerie Coullaud/Koulinsky, Paris, June/July.
2011 Ornement, Le Pavillon, Pantin, January/February.
         Scope, 3ème rue Galerie, Marcheille/Paris, April/May.
         ArtParis, Grand palais, Heartgalerie, April.
2009  Fatale beauté réponse des ténèbres, Galerie Plume, Paris, April/May.
          Control, Tavel, Galerie Pascale Guillon, June/September.
2008  Roman 2, Villa Tamaris, centre d’art de La Seyne-sur-Mer, April/May.
2007  Persistance, Artconnexion, Lille, May.
          Théâtre des opérations 3, Le Vestibule, la maison rouge, November/December. 
2006  Théâtre des opérations  2,  Galerie Pictura, Cesson-Sévigné, centre d’art, May.
          Roman 1, Avallon, Salle Saint-Pierre, July/August.
2005  Théâtre des opérations 1, Clichy, Galerie Rutebeuf, October/November.
2004  En ce jardin, Chapelle des Lazaristes, Tours, September.
2003  Paysages, Galerie L’ombre d’un doute, Paris, March/April. 
1996  Galerie de l’école des Beaux Arts de Lorient, Lorient.
          Galerie de l’école d’Art d’Amiens, Amiens.
          Vanités, Carré des Arts, Parc Floral de la ville de Paris, Paris.
1995  Les ateliers, Galeries, Paris.

2015 Des vrais et faux, Le Pavillon, Pantin, November/December.
         Cocteau contemporain, Galerie Mathias Coullaud, Paris, January/March.
2014 Collection Albert Delucq, Galerie Coullaud & Koulinsky, Paris, April/June.
2012 Combines, Galerie Coullaud & Koulinsky, Paris, November/January. 
         ArtParis, Grand Palais, Mathilde Pénicaud/Jérôme Borel, Galerie Koulinsky.
2010  Scope Basel, Heartgalerie, Basel, Switzerland. 
          Chic Art Fair, 3ème Rue Galerie, Paris, October.
          Select paintings@studio, Jérôme Borel/Jean-Pascal February, Heartgalerie, Paris, April.
          Textes…prétextes…images,  Espace d’art le moulin, La Valette du Var, December/January.
2006   Double jeu, Namur,  Belgium, April/May. 
          Vendanges Tardives, URDLA, Villeurbanne, September.
2005  Ils regardent la collection, Musée Départemental, Gap, January/June. 
2004  Un arbre peut en cacher la forêt,  Geneva, March.
2003  Galerie Ulcher, Cologne, Artconnexion.
          Painting Project, Artconnexion, Lille, December/January.
2002  Paris in Hall-Palermo, Geneva, May/June.
          L’Usine, Brussels, October.
1998  Extraits Graphiques, Paris, Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire. 
          Vanitas, scenography, Christine Van Marren and Flavio Tortoli, choreography, Bonneuil.
1997  En filigrane, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.
          Galerie Tohu-Bohu, Tournai, Belgium.
          Thessalonique, l’Institut  Français de Thessalonique, Greece.
1996  Dessein de dessins, Paris, Les Ateliers.
          Musée départemental de la ville de Gap, Gap.

1997 Institut  Français de Thessalonique, residency, Thessaloniki, Greece.
1995 Amakhono Art Center, residency, Johannesburg, South Africa.
1992 Institut Français de Naples, residency, Italy.
1989-90 Villa Médicis hors les murs, Djibouti, Africa.

Ornement, monographie, 2012.
Roman, monographie, Isthme éditions/Michel Baverey, 2007.
En ce jardin, tableaux,  éditions Adage - Ville de Tours - Eternal Network 2004.
Vanités, tableaux et dessins, éditions Parc Floral, 1996.
Boreliron, dessins et reports, éditions au Figuré, 1995.
Tableaux et dessins,  éditions Galerie Tendances, 1990.
Tableaux, éditions Ville de Paris, 1989.

Millénaire, 7mn, Paris/Aubervilliers, 2012.
Ornement, 4mn, Le Pavillon, Pantin, 2011.
Control, 6mn, Galerie Pascale Guillon, 2009.
Fatale beauté réponse des ténèbres, 5mn, Galerie Plume, 2009.
Garage V2, Calabres, 2008.
Le vestibule, 3mn, La maison rouge, 2007.
Roman, 5mn, Avallon, 2006.
Les innocents, église Saint-Eustache, Paris, 2006.
Le Théâtre des opérations, 4mn, Ceysson Sévigné centre d'art, 2006.
Les innocents, 5mn, 2006.
En ce jardin, 6mn, Eternalnetwork, Tours, 2004.

Fondation Colas.
Fonds National d’Art contemporain.
Bibliothèque Nationale.
Musée Départemental de la ville de Gap.
Artothèque d’Angers.
Villa Tamaris.
Private collections (Paris, Marcheille, Geneva, Cologne, Lille, Milan)

1996 Design and creation of a mural painting, parking Verdun, Gap.
1998 Design and creation of a mural painting, building "Hespérides" lobby, Gap.
2005/2008 Design of a playground and accompaniment of the teaching staff, Primary School Brunet, 75019 Paris.
2013  An series of mural paintings on the ADAPT site, Serquigny, Haute-Normandie.

Didier Semin, Monographie, édition 2012.
François Michaud, Fabien Danesi,
Monographie, Roman, 2007.
Philippe Dagen, Le Monde, 
Fatale beauté réponse des ténèbres, Galerie Plume, 2009.
Théâtre des opérations, la maison rouge, 2007.
Paysages, Galerie l'ombre d'un doute, 2003.
Les ateliers, Paris, 1995.
Catherine Breillat, Gérard Bénéteau, Fabien Danesi,
Catalogue d'exposition, En ce jardin, 2004.
Béatrice Comte, Figaro Magazine/
Théâtre des opérations 1, 2005.
Karine Tisso, Tribune des arts de Genève, 
Paris à Hall Palermo, 2002.

Jérôme Borel

Jérôme Borel