London: Claudie Bastide @ Hayhill Gallery

Claudie Bastide

7 February – 5 March

In February Hay Hill Gallery presents the first UK solo show of the French painter, photographer and “chair sculptor” Claudie Bastide.

In 1996 Bastide had her first exhibition, which composed of sculptures constructed from chairs. As she recollects “One of my earliest memories as an artist is when I was looking at an old wooden chair I suddenly saw it transformed into a character. That was some sort of a vision which has never left me”.

The works on show will be a mix of paintings from different periods and two “chair sculptures”. In her earlier works Bastide experimented with constructivist ideas, blending geometric forms and blocks of colours in search a true of harmony. In more recent works however, Bastide steps aside from the rigorous geometry and leans towards more spontaneous expression. Bastide explains this change of direction “For some years I have let myself go to a recurring geometrical tendency and I ended up feeling somehow trapped in the shapes.”

In Bastide’s paintings colour is the most important element. It is the starting point and the only planned or preconceived part of a painting “I paint essentially according to my own feelings of a particular colour; I mean that a blue or red or green colour comes over me and I must dive into it until I get saturated with it.” The rest builds up naturally when Bastide lets loose the subconscious creative impulse. Bastide associates herself with the French movement Abstraction Lyrique, not only because she often applies the lessons of Kandinsky in her paintings, but also because of the emotional forces and poetical touch which drive her creativity.

Claudie Bastide
The French artist Claudie Bastide is an international jet-setter. She received formal fine arts training in UCAD Paris (Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs) and in the eighties and nineties ran fashion design studios in Brussels and Mexico City before she finally settled down in Paris. Following her ten years collaboration with a French haute couture icon Pierre Cardin, Claudie finally decided to give up the glamour of the fashion world and dedicate herself to art. She expresses herself in sculpture, painting and photography.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2009 – Exposition des “Agents perturbateurs”: Foundation Taylor, Paris
2008 – “Man in the Urban Geometry” Gallery ExArte, Geneva
2006 – “Rencontre avec Claudie Bastide” gallery Arte Viva, Levallois – Perret, Paris
2005 – “Ecriture de chaises” Halle Saint Pierre, Paris
2004 – “Histoires de zinc” Galerie Saint-Pierre, Limoges
2003 – “Venez avec moi vous asseoir sur les toits” Galerie Arte Viva Levallois – Perret, Paris
2001 – “Rêves de chaises” at CPP ad agency, Paris
2000 – “Le Bihan” Quartier Bastille, Paris
1999 – Chairs and sculpted paintings, Espace Richelieu, Paris


2007 – Gold Prize for the André Parinaud Prize at Espace Châtelet-Victoria
2005 – City Prize from Avon-Fontainebleau for the sculpture-chairs, Contemporary Art Fair, Boisle – Roi
2004 – Silver Medal for the “Arts-Sciences-Lettres” prize.
1998 – Winner of a competition for chair designers and creators organised by Aktuel

Hay Hill Gallery, located on Cork Street, specializes in the sculpture of the famed artist Auguste Rodin and represents a number of internationally recognized contemporary artists. An exhibition of works by Claudie Bastide will be held alongside the sculptures of Auguste Rodin.

For press information and images please contact Alexandra Tuulos,
Hay Hill Gallery, 5a Cork Street, London, W1S 3NY
Tel: 020 7439 1001
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday, 10.30am-6pm