Philippe Fretz (1969) is a Swiss painter presently living and working in Geneva. His artistic training in Geneva (1988-92) was supported by a “Stravinsky Prize” and other fellowships while studying at the ‘Atelier du Grütli’. Fretz’s work has been exhibited in many solo and group shows in Switzerland, France and the USA, including the Galerie Athanor and the Galerie du Tableau, Marseille; Ancienne Abbatiale, Bellelay; Galerie ESF, Lausanne; Konsumbäckerei, Solothurn; Barrington Center for the Arts at Gordon College, MA, USA; Galerie Aparté, Lausanne; Halle nord, Genève.
Fretz is also editor of and contributor to publishing house art&fiction with various limited edition artist books which integrate text and image, often combined with exhibitions, lectures, concerts, and conferences. He teaches « Narrative painting » at Gordon College in Orvieto, Italy. He publishes an artist periodical and pursues an image classification project both intitled « In medias res », which can be viewed on his website.
About my work
I usually work with oil on canvas, the historical technique. My work comes from the artworks I have seen as a child in museums and books. It opens a conversation with the history of images, which I consider a window to the world and to humanity.
With my work I try to connect daily life and common elements of reality with spirituality. These things can seem only functional to us and repetitive or full of contradictions, yet they are the core of spiritualitty, the body of eternity. We use a lot of effort and imagination to escape reality, because we see it as meaningless suffering. But I believe that it is at reality’s heart that we can find joy. So for me painting is a way to find meaning. A way, under Christ’s light, of compassion and joy. A way to discover Christ’s face in all of mankind.
The works here presented are all different approaches to the mysteries of the world, human relationships in society and family or the intimacy with God. At prayer, at work, at rest the figures are always situated in places linked with the ones we find in art history.
1. Kugler 360°, angle south-west, 2010, 110 x
2. SJCFDDAPDMP X, 2007, 125 x
3. Petite Jonction, Bus, 40 x
4. BS Painting, 13, 2008, 30 x
5. Kugler, 8, 2010, 60 x
On the internet
The works above are until December 2013 for sale in our online gallery, click here