This colored pencil drawing depicts a plant starting to combust, as fire starts to incinerate its leaves. In the artist's work, the saccharine pleasure of the Internet era is evoked through rococo floral elements. As Kevin Debouis has commented, Beauquesne’s work often re-contextualize mass media images to create a strange and fantastic landscape. Evoking magical realism, the result is at once “mystical, technological and illusory.”
Beauquesne’s work draws from surrealism as much as the digital simulacra of the contemporary moment. The artist approaches the medium of drawing as an act both nostalgic and melancholic, and at the same time recuperative. Beauquesne's compositions bestow a long-lost aura to the reproducible images of our virtual era.
Encompassing sculpture, installation and performance, Jimmy Beauquesne’s practice centers on a reconsideration of the limits of drawing in the post-Internet era. The artist employs the medium of drawing as a nostalgic, melancholic and also recuperative act. Often borrowing figures from celebrity culture, Beauquesne’s images re-contextualize their subjects within a strange and fantastic landscape—while also commenting on the mechanism of the screen.
Jimmy Beauquesne was born in 1991.
Group exhibitions that have shown Beauquesne’s work have taken place at: the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France (2019); 22.48m2 in Paris, France (2021); Fragment Gallery in Moscow, Russia (2020); the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Saint-Etienne, France (2020); Magasins généraux in Pantin, France (2019); and Triangle Arts in New York City (2020); among others.
Beauquesne lives and works in Paris, France.