Jean-Paul Philippe was born in France in 1944 and began painting seriously while still young. By the age of 16 he was attending the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, but preferred not to join any particular artist’s studio. In 1960 he was profoundly impressed by his first trip to Italy and decided to spend the following year in Florence, where he worked in the Prints and Drawings department of the Uffizi Gallery. He also spent time travelling and practicing various disciplines out of both necessity and curiosity.
Around 1973 he settled on sculpture as his preferred medium in which to create freely, without affiliation to any group, school or system. Apparently marked only by his travels and encounters with others, his work reflects an inner archaeology while often responding to the constraints of monumental commissions for public spaces.
Philippe’s work includes pieces suited to both the privacy of the studio and the public space, drawings and sculptures, creations for urban settings and others linked to the natural environment. Both his exhibitions, notably at the Galerie Jeanne-Bucher, Paris, and in various other museums in France and elsewhere, and his monumental and public pieces reflect a simple quest for complicity of eye and body, caught between forgetting and remembering, stone and paper, absence and presence.
Link to the Santa Maria della Scala Complesso museale