Somewhere between A and B
Paintings by Bruno Deroulede
‘Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.’ – Allen Saunders
Life is also what happens while we’re busy going from A to B. Bruno Deroulede paints people in their daily lives, caught between a memory and a promise, and sometimes struggling with the uncertainty of who they really are.
Bruno explains; “My work explores identity, gregariousness and isolation in our contemporary culture. Taking inspiration from traditional portraiture and social realism, I usually paint anonymous individuals or groups, either in clothing that defines them or in a context that unifies them.
Clothing in general and uniforms in particular are to me a “tool” used to illustrate the complex relationship between the self and social identity.
I use photography as a source for my work but also as a symbol of the public gaze and of our image-driven culture. Underlying my work is the question of painting’s identity in relation to photography’s portrayal of our modern world.
I see the figures I paint in their ‘unique uniforms’ as individuals who strive to exist but evolve in a world where the need to be recognized as an individual collides with the need to belong.”
A graduate in Fine Arts from University of the Arts London, Bruno Deroulede explores identity and isolation in our image-driven culture. He paints portraits of individuals or groups, often using clothing to illustrate the complex relationship between the self and its social identity, and photography as a symbol of the public gaze. His figures in their ‘unique uniforms’ strive to exist but evolve in a world where the need to be recognized as an individual collides with the need to belong.