Paul Flickinger

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Flickinger Paul



Born on August 11th, 1941 in Colmar (Haut-Rhin), 20th century. French. Painter of animated compositions, sculptor of faces, groups, animals. Fantastic Art, raw Art. Born in Alsace, he lives and works in Marly (Moselle), in Lorraine region, coal and iron country. In 1974, he was part of the twelve painters and sculptors who have founded Art-Research group. In 1994, " Le Place d'Armes " in Metz city has seen erecting, on over 3.4 meters height, his Summer Book: an imposing anthropomorphic polychromed cast-iron totem. He participated in group exhibitions, among which: 1965 Circle of Arts in Colmar; 1972, 1974, Europeans Artists in Prüm, Germany; 1974 1977, 1980, 1981, with the Art Research Group in several cities in Alsace, 1981 Contemporary Art Appraisal in Quebec, and Paris: 1974 Salon des Independants since 1975 Salon of French Artists, silver medal in 1981; 1977 Salon d'Automne; etc. He shows collections of works in solo exhibitions, including the first in 1964, in Colmar, followed by others; 1971 Metz; 1973 Nancy; 1979 Bartholdi Museum Colmar Fantasy figures and in 1981 Visions of the Imagination; 1980, 1981, gallery L'Arc-en-Ciel in Paris; 1984 House of Culture in Metz; then at the Arts Gallery Gambetta Metz. Paul Flickinger has first painted before also being asserted in three dimensions. In his two components, paints and sculptures, his work shows a very disturbing case of dissociation of personality. His paintings already showed that he knew many things: Picasso, Max Ernst but above all, the Surrealists, and many others. His paintings, with proven technics and skills, are compositions to characters and fantastic creatures, compositions of extreme complexity, teeming narrative details. But, despite his cultural sources and pictorial Science, its to raw Art that his sculpture looks like; While Gaston Chaissac was also quite informed of his contemporaries, and Dubuffet, transgressing his "asphyxiating culture" was resourced from primitive Flickinger's sculptures belong to two techniques: one, very spontaneous, assembling all the pieces of wood found to create various fellows and beasts, the other rather sophisticated submitting these creatures to molding and then to iron-cast casting In both cases, the sculptures thereby assembled or molten are generously polychromed. This results in characters wildlife or animals often feathered, totally hilarious and yet, as clowns, appealing. We are always troubled by the complexity of those various aspects offered both by his paintings as by his sculptures, which encourages to imagine several people, several authors Flickinger, as a painter, regardless his inspiration which fantastic content, to multiple directions, lends itself to the freedom of other's judgement, is at least completely mastering a traditional narrative technique, common in the surrealist painters and fantasy that must make to unreal recognizable. While Flickinger Sculptor, whose realizations are leading to a set more coherent in its desired hardiness, it's imagination and talent at narrative state, raw.

J. B.


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