Born 1967 in Arras (France),
lives and works in Paris (France)
In Stéphane Calais’s output, painting is an economy as much as a territory that is constantly being reconquered. Just as others run through their scales, the artist practises daily a grammar made up of curls, lines, curves and colours – which, on the surface of the canvas or paper, negotiate with his very distinctive drawing style. Operating in the upper ecosystem of the Fagor Factory, Calais seeks to achieve both a radical change of scale (his miniatures act as punctuation signs) and a kind of response to the site’s stigmata. These holes in the landscape, mounted on inexpensive frames and spread all over the site, are clues that the visitor is invited to collect. Conversely, his large coloured mobile is about the act of gathering, using forms and a palette from his pictorial world.