Ronan Barrot, the French contemporary painter, has received international acclaim for his unique works on canvas.
Born in France in 1973, Barrot developed a distinct painting style on canvas, depicting sights, subjects and scenes from everyday life, in an unconventional way.
Barrot’s painting style was honed at École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts and he later went on to study at the Berlin University of the Arts.
Since 2007, the Claude Bernard gallery has represented Barrot, with many solo exhibitions have been dedicated to him. The works of contemporary painter Barrot can be found in numerous galleries and museums, such as Galerie La Forest Divonne, in Brussels, and the Ceysson & Bénétière, located in Luxembourg.
To understand the works of Barrot, one must explore the eerie darkness that each painting depicts. The viewer enters Barrot’s world of art, and discover layers and layers of paint, each stroke purposely added. Many are taken on a journey of mystical and mythical tales, when viewing Barrot’s work. Unlike other artists, the viewer of Barrot’s work is left questioning the dark meaning behind each painting, trying to discover the motive of the artist. The elements from landscapes and imagined fictional characters fuse onto each canvas, telling an incomplete story that leaves the viewer to draw his or her own conclusion.
Barrot is known for fusing and integrating religious symbolism in his work. The artist credits religion and biblical icons for their impact on the world of art. However, Barrot uses religious iconography in relatively obscene settings, entering the world of taboo through his works.
Take for example the ‘Abstract Composition’ painting by Barrot, where the artist brings to life a story in deep blue tones, leaving the viewer to question his intentions. The large oil on canvas painting (height: 195cm x width: 130cm), is signed and dated in 1999.
Art curators and enthusiasts comment on his original works with intrigue, and describe Barrot’s character as explosive. Le Figaro describes him as "a contemporary phenomenon.”