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Until April 5, 2024, London | Marc Padeu. The baptism of Roxane

If you are in London, go and see this extraordinary exhibition at the Larkin Durey gallery. Marc Padeu (1990) is a Cameroonian artist who says: “I want to paint the everyday life of the people around me, my family and friends. Since we all live together, I share their moments of joy, but also their sadness.”

Marc Padeu A l’ombre de la lumière, 2024. Acrylic on canvas 78 3/4 x 102 3/8 in 200 x 260 cm (03209). Image courtesy of Larkin Durey. Copyright of the artist. Photographer Oliver Durey

About The baptism of Roxane he writes: “(It) highlights a baptism ceremony as it appears in my own mind. The different scenes of the paintings are made up of my childhood memories in church and the holy images that decorated the family home, but also of a few lines of holy writing that I was able to read at the time when I was learning about Christianity. However, it may happen that in a project like this, the theoretical basis only serves as a pretext for greater exploration of the practical notions of painting. With a completely different perspective, we would then see more of the efforts made to represent in the most faithful way possible the draping of the clothing, the gestures as well as the expressions on the faces through the work of the portrait. The treatment of shadows and lights, the search for depth in the works through landscape work which simultaneously includes a quest for transparency and mirror effect through the work of the river water."

Marc Padeu Le repas après le baptême, 2024. Acrylic on canvas 78 3/4 x 110 1/4 in 200 x 280 cm (03208). Image courtesy of Larkin Durey. Copyright of the artist. Photographer Oliver Durey

Padeu’s previous exhibitions include Peres Projects, Berlin, National Museum of Yaoundé, Cameroon and the National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cameroon. His work has been acquired for the permanent collection of Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada.

More information about the exhibition here