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Erik Desmazières (b. 1948) and Philippe Mohlitz (b. 1941) are widely recognized as two of the most accomplished living intaglio artists. Both are known for their stunning technique and fantastique imagery.
They share similarities in their use of other-worldly spaces and captivating details, yet the essence of the microcosms they depict are very different. Desmazières' large, nearly empty grand landscapes are comprised of complex architecture and impossible perspectives. The figures which haunt these spaces are poised and dignified, often dressed in coats with tails - they function as decorative accoutrements or tools of scale. Mohlitz' landscapes, by contrast, are most often outdoors and spotted with ruins of what are implied to be once-great civilizations. The figures in his work often are a juxtaposition of stereotypical "primitives" and "aristocrats" - the former dressed in grass skirts and carrying spears, the latter posed in affluent nineteenth-century garb.
Decay, madness, sex, and violence reign within Mohlitz' spaces, in sharp contrast to the order and stately dignity found in the worlds of Desmazières. This exhibition promises to show off a selection of works from two of the most talented and sought-after artists from the art fantastique school but also highlights the dynamic contrast between them.