Alain Bertrand’s paintings fuse the language of illustration, advertising and photo-realistic painting. They are a nostalgic reminder of a post-war America: prosperous, unified and dreaming big.
Alain Bertrand's latest exhibition is a pure iconic Americana. Classic Bertrand, colourful and bustling New York streets are tempered by black and white 50s glamour. It's easy to lose yourself in the French artist's technically brilliant and evocative imagery.
The French painter’s love affair with evocative portraits of post-war Americana continues. But what’s that among the gleaming Buicks and Cadillacs? A London bus. A Hackney Carriage. An E-Type Jag.
Yes, Alain has finally brought his painter’s eye to the UK and the results are fabulous.
New York, Cuba, the great American West, the atmosphere of a coffee shop, a jazz dive…
For twenty years, Alain Bertrand has been taking us on a trip through the bygone sixties observed through his personal vision, more dreamlike than purposefully nostalgic of the American culture.
We’re seated beside him in that Cuban Chevy, that New York Checker, that Greyhound bus parked next to a gas pump during a stormy night. Like him, we’re strolling Times Square looking for that melodic wiff of Music Hall, like him we’re cruising lost somewhere out in Arizona where nothing ever happens.
It’s hard to understand Alain Bertrand’s vision and passion without considering the American myth. Such as he experienced daily, waving to passing GIs in their Jeeps from Evreux as a teenager, listening to their rock records and smoking their king-size cigarettes.
At the same time the Hollywood studios vaunted a triumphant America crawling with huge shining cars and a glamour which contrasted so directly with a destroyed Europe, prisoner of it’s own devastated dreams. Alain Bertrand knows perfectly how to recapture that comfortable America full of strength and confidence that fills our childhood dreams.
The power of his canvases is his ability to entice us, hearts racing, into a paradise that, just for several moments, has not yet totally vanished.
More dreamlike than purposefully nostalgic of the american culture. Michel Guégan Directorate of Communication
Alain Bertrand delivers in his paintings his vision of the American dream. Captured life moments of the mythical "American way of life". Rock music and American cars are never far away from his workshop.
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