Emmanuel Barcilon was born in 1967 in Paris, France, where he lives and works today. He has had numerous exhibitions in galleries, art fairs and museums. His work has been shown in Paris, London, Basel and New York.
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.