Born in 1941, Alain Clément settled in Languedoc in the 1960s. His flamboyant, rigorous approach to abstract painting has been developed over the past four decades, with large-scale works combining expressionism and compositional elements, a strong visual appeal, sensitivity and structural power.
Since the early 1990s, his canvases have featured forms inspired by sculpture, with a deliberately painterly quality conceived as an exploration of the inter-relationships between the two techniques. Alain Clément's exhibition at the Pavillon du Musée Fabre follows on from exhibitions of work by Vincent Bioulès (1995), Claude Viallat (1996), and Pierre Soulages (2000). The present exhibition marks the 25th anniversary of Clément's first solo exhibition, in the same space, in 1977. Large paintings, gouaches, sculptures and relieves created during the past six years will be shown together for the first time. The works form an exceptional ensemble showcasing Clément's distinctive personal approach, based on the dovetailing of techniques and media, and demonstrating his unceasing technical and artistic experimentation – a key feature of this pivotal period in the evolution of contemporary art.