Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square and Opaline Bar & Brasserie are honored to premiere the work of French artist Gaëtan de Séguin beginning Friday, November 19th through Monday, February 28th in Opaline and Sofitel’s Lobby.
The exhibit, Ensemble, is the artist’s latest series, a reaction to the terrorists’ attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, that took place in January 2015, and the marches that took place later that month in Paris and around the world.
Séguin employs three artistic methods, paint on canvas, serigraphy and moucharabieh, a perforated wall composed mostly of geometrical, arabesque motifs, in the form of a screen, to animate his crowds. These anonymous characters, consisting of a multitude of silhouettes almost identical but remain singular, are represented by a unique pattern of markings further illustrates this “mosaic of a society, a patchwork of men”; each having their own fears, anxieties, but also their hopes and desires in a world that bears multiple aspects. These qualities within the visual work show the individual as much as it offers him the possibility to melt into a much broader and abstract dimension.
All paintings will be available for purchase along with French-inspired menu items to enhance the exhibit experience for all guests.
*After graduating from school and completing his military service, Séguin studied art in Paris at ESAG Penninghen. Throughout his career, Séguin’s works have evolved from abstraction towards figuration, which he continues to develop to this day. His work has been exhibited throughout France, including at Château de la Motte in Narbonne, Galerie La Paix in Sélestat, and Château de Flaugergues in Montpellier, among others. He was displayed for the first time in Washington DC in 2019.