to the heart of the matter
Denis Guitton is a humanist and a purist. Purity of form and interplay of light take his work beyond the pictorially anecdotal to a higher plane.
Transcending strightforward pictorial reproduction of immediate perceptions, his art is idealistic and ultimately optimistic…in other words, beyond the world of instant reaction to current events. At the same time, his irregular textures—the product of intense effort--allude to human frailty. The finished work reveals itself to be the product of a painter-sculptor in which the juxtaposition of the light and the dark, the brilliant and the mat, share a harmonious space .The ambiguity of the trompe l’œil of material matter leaves room for the viewer’s imagination to enter a personal and therefore solipsistic universe .
Each objet-d’art is both an object of perception—appreciable in its own terms-- and the representation of an underlying reality that hides behind the perceived reality. Every work is a window to another world and leads the viewer to meditate , stimulating both external and internal sensation which is ultimately the poetry of the visual .