Francis Dusépulchre (1934-2013)
The Scupturality of monochrome
Born in 1934 in Seneffe, Francis Dusépulchre teach fine-Arts in Belgium while leading an activity of paintor-sculptor. While he is first tempted by a figurative art marked by fantasy and surrealism, he abandons very quickly any figurative representation and turns in 1969 to the minimal and monochrome constructed abstraction.
His monochromes, "paintings-sculptures", are his best-known and most accomplished works. The artist feels cramped on the flat surfaces of his canvases, projects his works out of the frame in a universe in three dimensions: reliefs, bulges, concavities or faults make paintings of real sculptures. These effects are not controlled, we are dealing with slippages, situations not mastered, "accidents" that create delicate works of extreme stripping and apparent simplicity. These irregularities of the relief have the merit of trapping the light. Dusepulcher knows how to play as a person with the latter: these works are only reflection, refraction, or absorption of natural or artificial lighting, which has earned him to be called "shadow show" by Robert Rousseau. He is the master of the tiny variation, that which, caused by the displacement of the spectator or the light source creates multiple nuances and interpretations. He often incorporates in his work (Plexiglas paints or boxes) an imperceptible, vibrating line made of fiberglass, nylon or steel, on which runs the light, creating spider shadows. In Dusepulchre, colors serve, in their fullness, of form and volume. Their density is such that it gives them a strength, a presence transcending their original condition. Francis Dusépulchre is very quickly tempted by monumentalism, he integrates his work to the urban and architectural environments of Wallonia: Mariemont Museum, Charleroi metro, Cultural Center of Nivelles. Marrying the structure of the building or standing out from it, his works, colored sculptures, invade the public space.