Jacques BENOIT

Jacques Benoit

French painter.

The architecture of the Modern Movement, Cinema and Pop/Rock/Jazz and Jazz-Fusion music constitute the thematic cornerstones that structure Jacques Benoit's pictorial work.

His paintings (mostly large formats), monotype engravings and works on paper are grouped by series, fed by one or several of these themes.

Regarding architecture, the French artist's work explores Oscar Niemeyer’s legacy with several series devoted to the city of Brasilia, to which Niemeyer and the urbanist Lúcio Costa gave birth in 1960. Benoit dedicated also a series of his “Niemeyer” paintings to the three buildings built by the Brazilian architect in the Paris Region in the 70s/80s.

Another important part of Benoit's works themed by architecture is devoted to the Orly Airport by the French architect Henri Vicariot, inaugurated in 1961. Orly’s unique building of then was renamed “Orly Sud” after that the airport infrastructure extended with a west terminal in the early Seventies.

Also, Benoit's work in the field of architecture relates to the American architect Minoru Yamasaki’s Twin Towers in New York. This body of paintings specifically dealt with the French painter's global reconstruction concept of the World Trade Center, after the September 11 attacks in 2001.

In terms of music and cinema, the French artist’s conceptual themes trace their roots to the works of musicians, songwriters, composers and cinema authors such as Alfred Hitchcock, David Bowie, Elton John, Jean-Louis Murat, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Oscar Niemeyer, Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Patti Smith, Rickie Lee Jones & Sal Bernardi, Shirley Horn, Stanley Kubrick, Tori Amos and Véronique Sanson.

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