Unknown by Hugo Baudouin, Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
24 x 16
Acrylic and Spraypaint
I am a 25 years French painter born in Montpellier, south of France. I discovered the art and painting world during my studies in applied arts and space design.
I have been inspired and I am still drawing my inspiration from the universe of my childhood, from different cultures through the ethnic masks and more locally from the masks of the Commedia dell' Arte.
My work refers to figures; to each one hidden face. The figure here is social iconography, sex symbol, aesthetics fantasy. I am trying to reinterpret the world with sensitivity, to make people facing their individuality, by sketching the psychotic and swayed inner self...
These characters are here to bewilder, to draw the attention, to question the watcher...
Whether the character is alone or among people, the aim is to go beyond the appearances, to translate societal rules, to unveil, in some way to go through the mirror to expose a different truth. Faces or winces, the expressiveness of the line is there to reveal an "otherwise"...
I like to represent, through these figures, faces, winces and interplay materials, the embrace of the collective, of the "we" by aggregation to the others, by assimilation to the standards of the society, the disappearance of oneself in blurred and impersonal contours and the tyranny of a "Me" that requires being fully oneself, different, original, dense, and colourful and separated. I have been exploring since 2014 the dynamics of confinement within oneself and the subservience to the other one.
Guess who am I behind the mask? Guess who am I among the crowd?