Jean-Baptiste Bernadet is an appropriationist who works fluidly between conflicted styles- monochrome and impressionist, minimalist and gestural- a painter whose kaleidoscopic canvases have found comparison with the equally elusive language of music. Bernadet's accumulated brushwork hovers between abstraction and figuration. Using a small brush the artist builds up a nebulous, shifting surface that equally displaces the viewer and the subject. This insistence on uncertainty is reflected in the artist's own meditations. “I don’t feel any certainty about life, so I want my work to reflect that uncertainty,” says Bernadet. “I will never be the kind of artist who does one thing.”
Bernadet was born in Paris in 1978. He has lived and worked in Brussels since 2000, and was artist-in-residence at Triangle Studios in Brooklyn in 2012, APT Studios in Brooklyn in 2011, and Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, in 2010.