Fabienne Verdier (b. 1962, Paris, France) is an abstract painter who explores the dynamism of forces in nature, movement and immobility by drawing on her intimate knowledge of techniques and traditions of both Western and Eastern art. Verdier paints vertically in ink, standing directly on her stretchers, using giant brushes and tools of her own invention suspended from the studio ceiling. Her work combines Eastern aspects of unity, spontaneity and asceticism with the line, action and expression of Western painting.
As a young art school graduate, Verdier left France for China in 1985 to study the art of spontaneous painting and other Eastern traditions with some of the last great Chinese painters who survived the Cultural Revolution. Her adventure and immersion as an apprentice painter would last nearly ten years, recounted in her 2003 book, ‘Passagère du Silence’.
Verdier’s work has been exhibited extensively in Beijing, Singapore, Taipei, Paris, Rome, Lausanne, Zurich and Brussels, among other cities. In 2011, she was included in an important group exhibition The Art of Deceleration, from Caspar David Friedrich to Ai Wei Wei at the Kunstmuseum in Wolfsburg, Germany. In 2012, the Hubert Looser Foundation of Zurich, having previously commissioned several works, selected Verdier for a group exhibition with Donald Judd, John Chamberlain, Ellsworth Kelly and Cy Twombly in Vienna’s Kunstforum. In 2013 the Groeninge Museum in Bruges, Belgium, held an important solo exhibition of Verdier’s work in conversation with Flemish Primitives such as Van Eyck and Memling. In 2014, she was invited to create an installation of seven works for Köningsklasse II, organized by the Pinakotek der Moderne of Munich, and participated in Formes Simples at Centre Pompidou-Metz in France. In addition to her current painterly research into possible links between music and painting, recent projects include Verdier’s conceptual collaboration with architect Jean Nouvel for the National Art Museum of China project in Beijing. In 2016, seven of Verdier’s works were acquired by Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. Verdier was been invited to compose a visual partita for the 2017 edition of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and won the commission to design the Roland Garros French Open official poster. In 2018, the artist set up a nomadic studio on Sainte-Victoire Mountain, renowned for its presence in several paintings by Paul Cézanne. The series was exhibited alongside the works of Cézanne at Verdier’s retrospective exhibition at Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence, 2019.
Fabienne Verdier lives and works in France and Canada. She is represented in the UK by Waddington Custot.Read more
Fabienne Verdier: Vortex
Exhibitions and Art Fairs
Fabienne Verdier: Vortex
Frieze New York
This diverse presentation of artworks spans several decades, with pieces connecting through a multitude of points.
Art Basel Hong Kong
Our presentation includes works by Chu Teh-Chun, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Peter Blake, Ian Davenport, Jean Dubuffet, Barry Flanagan, Hans Hartung, Pierre Soulages and Fabienne Verdier.
Waddington Custot launches Vortex app
In celebration of Fabienne Verdier’s new solo exhibition, on view at Waddington Custot, the gallery launches Vortex, a new app for iPhone and iPad.
Through imagery, video, text and sound, this digital initiative enhances the experience of visiting the show, while also offering a window into Verdier’s working process for those unable to physically see the exhibition.
Verdier’s new Vortex works are directly influenced by and painted in response to opera. When using the app during the exhibition, visitors can choose to hear the very arias that inspired each work, while standing directly in front of a particular painting.
Downloadable via the link below, this free app also includes essays on the artist and films of Verdier painting directly onto the screen.
When visiting the exhibition remember to bring your own headphones to enjoy the full app experience.Read more
Watch 'Fabienne Verdier: Vortex Live' Today, 5pm
Fabienne Verdier: Vortex runs at Waddington Custot from
6 October – 17 November 2020.Read more