For his 25th exhibition: “LIFE IS A JOURNEY”, Antoine Rameau, a French artist calling Hong Kong his home for 8 years, has created a black ink painted collages series, that must be seen as a mural fresco.
Those 10 puzzle-pieces integrate strong Asian art influences: black Chinese ink painting, Japanese woodblock printing on paper (ukiyo-e) and the repeated circle shape, symbol of perfection (associated to the Moon or the Sun, the Ying and Yang…).
The cave-like stalagtites and stalagmites also refer to traditionally painted Chinese Yellow Mountains in Anhui province, that he loves.
Rameau sees today’s life as an epic underwater cave diving journey ! From the day we are born to the last one, we all navigate in a long cavern-shaped tunnel and must avoid daily obstacles, up and down. Sometimes the path is broad and easy (happiness, joy, mindfulness…), sometimes it is very narrow and difficult (fear, sadness, phobia…). The key to a safe life journey is our own ability to be a careful and attentive pilot between those two extremes, highlighted by black and white colors and opposite papers textures, of the genuine, damaged and ripped 1930’s French “”L’Illustration”” magazines he used.
Antoine Rameau (b. 1974) is a French mixed-media artist living in Hong Kong for 8 years.
Inspired by an eclectic range of sources including black and white photography, ink painting, comics, Pop Art, Street Art and the Recycled Art movement, he started experimenting with collage early on.
His creations draw from a singular combination of vintage newspapers, photographs, maps and comics.
Rameau’s works are fully hand-made: all pictures and papers are cut, transformed, often painted, and glued together through a complex and meticulous “recycling” process. He loves the idea of “giving photos and newspapers a true second-life” being part of a new visual creation. “Sometimes, pictures and texts that I mixed have absolutely nothing in common but I amazingly feel they were meant to be assembled together”, he says.
Each collage tells an elaborate story filled with multiple symbols, historical and mythological references or messages, which viewers can interpret based on their own experiences.
An extensive traveller for 25 years, Rameau has been collecting, in all countries, evocative images of mixed origins and turning them into oneiric new visual worlds.
Rameau’s work is regularly shown in galleries and art fairs in Asia and France, and even in the emblematic Hong Kong tramway (coach #151).