Born in 1936 in Nîmes (France). Lives and works in Nîmes.
A French painter who, in 1966, adopted a painting process based on fingerprints placed on canvas without stretchers. This infinitely neutral repetition engendered a body of work on color that was unique in its genre, with color becoming both the subject and the focus in Viallat’s work. In 1969, he was a founding member of the Supports/Surfaces group.
It boasts multiple references to Henri Matisse and Picasso but also Simon Hantaï, the Americans Jackson Pollock, Sam Francis, Jules Olitski, Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland. They are used to build a polymorphic work that also includes the practice of figurative drawing on the theme of bullfighting.
Necklace – Yellow acrylic paint on piece of rope, 8 x 4 cm
Coll. Diane Venet