Date : 2005
Support : Painting
Size : 250 X 150 cm
Wax paint on canvas. © ADAGP.
In the early Eighties, Philippe painted figures and mythological scenes. He made roughly hewn wood sculptures. In the Nineties and 2000 plus, he developed a new process. He took photographs or made videos with a camcorder, printing photos that become encaustic paintings on wood or canvas which, in the last stage, are crushed with a household iron.
The encaustic, or wax paint, gives his paintings a particular aspect as he endeavours to dilute the shape in the material. In 2003, he painted a new series of pictures of animal bodies, carcasses seen in the slaughterhouse.
His present canvases have been inspired by views of satellites retransmitted live via the Internet. His disproportional views of Chicago, New York or Los Angeles describe an abstract, labyrinthine landscape, where notions of scale and perspective are abolished.