Philippe Huart lives and works in Paris. He was born in 1953 in Clamart, France. After several years of art and graphic studies he worked as an illustrator and graphic artist for magazines and record sleeves. At the same time he also painted, and since 1983 his paintings have been shown in a number of group exhibitions. In 1991 he decided to devote himself full-time to his artistic calling. Since then he has held many one-man shows and participated in group exhibitions, both in France and abroad.
Huart wants to show the effect that marketing and consumption have on our subconscious. His painting is based on objective reality, trying to demonstrate that there is nothing else except what is visible. To this end, he prefers to focus on forms and rhythms, rather than establishing any primary relationship to the object at hand.
Philippe Huart’s painting is precise and explicit in a world where the image has become a fundamental means of communication. Indeed, icons and images provide the very inspiration for the process of expression that takes place in his mind.
His art does not deal with objects from our everyday lives, but with their characteristic signs. These signs have become omnipresent in the world around us, both at home and in public spaces – so much so that we now barely notice them within their context. However, while the accumulation and frequency of these signs render them banal in their ordinariness, when enlarged fragments of them are placed side by side or superimposed one on top of the other, they become perceived as new – despite their commonplace familiarity.
Through his work and his choice of subjects, Philippe Huart shows us our relationship to the objects which surround us. Even so, his painting is far from neutral in its standpoint. They also express the artist’s reflections on our world and our culture – a testimony of our daily life.