D o m i n i q u e A N D R E












Galerie Saint Germain des Pres PARIS ( text of the exhibition catalogue )

Dominique ANDRE was born Decems, his only lung left suffering from tuberculosis. Nevertheless he managed to start developping his skill as painter, with the support of his father in law, Pierre DUBREUIL, and the elder Marcel GROMMAIRE and Jean LURCAT.

At the time to the Liberation of France, Dominique's father, mother, and elder brother lived in a tinber 14th 1943 in Aubusson. One year later, he and his parent narrowly escaped from an air-raid: one can imagine the typical war image of a parm jolting throught the flaming night, carrying the salvaged baby...and the radio-set of the family.

Maurice, Dominique's father, was slowly recovering from the war's sequel

y two room flat on boulevard Exelmans in Paris. The children were busy playing outside gathering in car wrecks left behind in west grounds, Throwing stones at bird or launching expedition on the barges of the nearby Seine, whose banks swimmer and bathers used as beaches, turning former air shelters into changing rooms.

By the time Dominique ANDRE was five, his eyes were busy storing pictures, among then those of his father's studio at Villa Brune, were the family move to join the painter and sculptors who had setteld there before the war : DUFRESNE, ZINGG, LAURENS, CALDER, BUXIN, and of course Grandfather DUBREUIL and his next door neighbour Fernand PINAL, a retired tax inspector and fine amateur painter.

All this artist's families shared the best and worst moments of life. The children climbed trees in the vegetable garden next to the battered studios, with their joint toilet. In 1955 "Godin stoves and bathtubs coexisted pleasantly wheter in kitchens or main-rooms.

From the three children's bedroom one overlooked the partly disaffected alway nearby, buried under accacia and wide weeds. Twice a week a steam train past alone, loaded with the small popular Renaud cars it hauled away for future holiday makers. Every quater of an hour the bell of the church Notre Dame de Bon Secours chimed time away.

The Villa brune had been an annex of Montparnasse in the Twenties and Thirties. It was still frequented by numerous artist who can to visit VALSUNI, the metal caster. PICASSO sometimes paid his respect to Elvira DUBREUIL, Dominique's grandmother, who had sat for RODIN, MODIGLIANI, and PASCIN : this very PASCIN whose wife and former mistress, Hermine DAVID and Lucie KROHG, for ever united in the loving memory of there "belove departed", called to pay visit to there old friends Elvire and PierreDUBREUIL.

Through the fifties and the sixties Maurice ANDRE decame one of the most celebrated tapestry-cartoon painter of the time. The Villa Brune was visited by film makers and renowned artists. It was the time when the reviver of the art of tapestry acquiered a convertable fatefully named " la licorne ".

The family set of to visit Friends living in quainte troglodite dwelling in the fontainebleau woods and eventually drove as far of the gorge of the Tarn. Dominique grow up enjoying precious or strong moments, happy or paintful, more intensely than most quieter.

At the age of ten he would offer or sell his colored drawings to whoever wanted them as well as the pigeons he shoot in then garden : the breton concierge was his best customer for both. On sunday the family enjoyed Grandmother's DUBREUIL apple pie surrounded by the painting of Pierre and PASCIN on the walls. In the studio one helped printing engravings by giving a hand turnig the enormous press.

By the time he was fifteen Dominique studied at the Academie Charpentier in Montparnasse to apply for admission at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs. Once there, he had LABISSE, PICARD-LE-DOUX, GROMMAIRE for teachers. All the same time he became very involved in the theatrical and musical activities of the school. Her toured, played in brass bands and at dances, he was everywhere even on the stage of the Théâtre with PLANCHON...The walls of his first studio high up in a low-cost and housing rue de la Convention bore testimony of his pranks : canvasses with vividly colored figures, full of light and energy foretelling the explosion of 1968. Along with the graphic violence went the verbal difficult one of difficult relationship with his first wife, a Spanish actress. At that time he exbitred at the salon de Mai,was awarded the Prix du Dôme,the Prix de la Jeune Peinture,etc...Meanwhile, he relaxex by growing tomatoes between the chimneys on the roof of his block of flats...

Soon Dominique ANDRE settled down in a small studio on the avenue Junot in Montmartre: from there his dreams of wide space would emerge,memories that he kept of the films forwhich he had created scenaries ... blues of Tahiti where he rebuilt GAUGUIN 'cabin for a television series on the artist'life

yellow ones of the Sahara after anothe series on the epic of the Aeropostale.

Fond of music,Dominique enjoys playing it,not professionnaly

like his pianist brother, but like an old self-taught jazzman,with the guitar he learned to play from the Gitans the year he spent working in the Camargue.

He has also "made" music ,while learning how to use tape recorders,to mix and mound sounds, to make recordings of the parisian bush music,the big -tone jungle noises.He shares his time between synthetizer and easel, music and painting.

Thus, in the seventies, improvised for Radio France Masic, and had and exihbition for Olivetti on the Faubourg St Honore.He also returned to movie-making, and created film sets for works by Claude Sautet, Roger Pigaud, Pierre Granier -Deferre , Samuel Fuller, Christopher Frank, Sergio Leone, Andjev Zulawsky, Geoges Lautner, Philippe de Brocca, Marcel Julian, Christian Jacques, Jean Louis Lecomte, Francis Veber, Edouard Molinaro.

He exibits little, yet canvasses pile up, ideas bursting forth through the paint brush, loading his looks, shoving reckoning and hesitations.Life' s and fiction' s movie-making mix up colors and vivid shadows, urge Dominique Andre into a free,swift and powerfull painting style, into challenging light with secure for balance mixed with intensity in gesture that stops to draw outline and extreme borders of attention: excitement but at the same time silent and softness.

The work of Dominique ANDRE, heir to his forefathers, drawn forth in his youth and matured by sound training, disclosed a personality whose talent shine out with a rare evidence and keeps developing in a powerful and original stream, away from present time fashions and trends.

Dominique ANDRE presently lives and works near Paris, in a large house he has partly built himself in the midst of cornfields and little country side by -roads.

Galerie Saint Germain des pres Paris.

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