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Pierre Picot

Jancar Gallery

By the early 1990s Pierre Picot had largely left the exhibition circuit. A Frenchman who immigrated to the US in his adolescence, studying at UCLA and then CalArts in the ’70s, he surfaced in the ’80s amid waves of New Image painting, neo-expressionism, and appropriationist practice, making a place in this environment with new-imagery mash-ups.

Recently, Picot returned to his French roots during a teaching stint at the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art in Brittany, where, shaded by the trees of Gauguin’s Bois d’Amour, he began the series of landscapes shown at Jancar (all Untitled, five in black ink on paper, one full-color oil on canvas). Like Van Gogh, Picot varies his mark-making and brushwork from one compositional element to the next, his odd combinations of ethereality and verve, observational sensitivity and fantasist imagination evoking the electrified landscapes of the

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