Vincent Bioulès (b.1938, Montpellier, France)
A founding member of the Supports/Surfaces movement, Bioulès moved away from it in the mid-1970s to return to figurative painting. The deep imprint of the abstract years is always felt in the rigour of the compositions and the virtuoso arrangement of the colours. Vincent Bioulès, unlike many other Supports/Surfaces artists, shares with Marc Devade the particularity of never having renounced stretched canvas. But he does not stick to such painterly conventions for tradition’s sake. His concern is to work the surface and accentuate the notion of its extent rather than its materiality. In his work, the surface of color is merely a veil, a colored emanation of light, similar to Newman, Rothko, or Noland. Bioules’ reference owes much to Clement Greenberg’s notion of the painterly. His work has been featured in solo and group shows at the Musée Fabre, Montpellier; Musée Picasso, Antibes; and MAMAC, Nice.