Groundbreaking works depicting the fantastical cityscapes of New York’s skyline form the centerpiece of a major new show by renowned French artist Jean-Francois Rauzier, inventor of the ‘Hyperphoto’. The show opens on 28th May simultaneously at both Waterhouse & Dodd galleries on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and features images that capture the distinctive character of different sections of the city, including the Lower East Side, Upper West Side, the Highline and SoHo. Cityscapes of Paris, Barcelona and Istanbul also form part of the exhibition.
In addition to the Hyperphotos, the show will feature for the first time light box installations with Rauzier’s new portrait series. These beautiful works are a twist on well-known painted portraits from the Renaissance, incorporating both a representation of the original portrait and its unique digital code.
“This new series of New York is spectacular and we are sure curators, collectors and art fans will also love his portraits, which are somewhat conceptual and presented in specially commissioned light boxes,” said Ray Waterhouse, Principal of Waterhouse & Dodd.
“This is Rauzier’s fourth solo show with us and he’s our biggest selling artist. He is an undoubted star of the art world – we’ve sold nearly $4.5 million of his Hyperphotos in the last four years to clients from New York to Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong. I’m really excited about this show, which represents the next chapter in the Rauzier story,” he said.
Rauzier’s Hyperphotos transform reality; they fascinate with their scale and take the viewer on a journey through the visible world. “My Hyperphotos strive to capture the panorama and the macro view all at once, to stop time and to have the possibility of viewing all the details of a static image,” the artist said.
Rauzier uses thousands of high-resolution close-up views and stitches them into his large compositions, maintaining the focus and sharpness of the smallest detail. He carefully composes each Hyperphoto from elements and images he has collected over many years, working in some ways more like a painter than a photographer, creating his own supernatural man-made world.
Using digital technology, he cuts, moves and constructs buildings, gardens, animals, and many other objects. He strives to transform the world according to his dreams, wishes and anxieties, and to recreate the magic and secrecy of ancient legends and stories using 21st century media.
“What makes Rauzier unique is his mastery of technology combined with a true artistic vision. His work is also informed by a deep knowledge of literature, art history and history and he deploys all of these alongside his considerable wit and humor,” said Waterhouse.
Museums, corporations, royal collections and private collectors around the globe have acquired Rauzier’s photographs. Most collectors are from USA, but his work is also in prestigious collections in France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates,.
The artist will travel from his native Paris to be present for the opening of the show and will be available to meet clients by appointment on May 28th.