Emmanuel Barcilon uses a material consisting of varnish mixed with pure pigment which he applies layers and layers of to the wooden surface. He often intervenes during this painting process to add graphic elements such as skulls, anatomical drawings, words and newspapers clippings before continuing to apply more coats of paint. At the painting’s conclusion, various images, marks or colours are visible below the surface, some buried deeper than others, as he creates his own visual memory of his unique process so much so that one has the sensation that everything still carries an element of visibility buried somewhere within the material.


Emmanuel Barcilon (b. 1967, Paris) graduated from the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Cergy. The artist currently lives and works in Paris.

Barcilon had numerous international solo and group exhibitions: Contemporary Art Centre, La Rochelle; Contemporary Art Centre, Atelier d’Estienne, Pont-Scorff; Biennale d’Issy; Art Senat, Orangerie du Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris. The artist’s paintings are regularly acquired for private and public collections: ESKFF - Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, New-York; Collection off Steven J. Guttman (Centre Pompidou Foundation); Collection de la ville d’ Issy-les-Moulineaux; Centre Culturel Franco Nigérien de Niamey. In occasion of the 56th Venice Biennale the exhibition A Turbulent Silence opened at the Sala Convegni di S.Apollonia in Venice, which then travelled to the Museo di Asolo in Asolo.