The master of hyperrealism
Patrice was born a cheerful chappie in 1950. He joined the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris, from which he graduated in 1975. He then embarked on a career as an illustrator, created the Bahamas group, with whom he orchestrated some of the largest advertising campaigns in France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and the United States. For over 40 years, he was also the author of notable album covers, including artwork for Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, film posters for Sylvester Stallone and Francis Ford Coppola, amongst others, as well as magazine covers. Drawing from this long and fruitful experience, he has acquired the sort of technical virtuosity that allows him to engage with all subjects and techniques, moving quite happily from watercolor to oil or acrylic. In 2000, he sold his company and has been painting ever since. I met him to help put together an exhibition of his works in Auvers-sur-Oise about ten years ago. We became friends and I regularly organise exhibitions for him. Today, he has fallen in love with the necks of the girls he paints hair by hair, achieving near photographic hyperrealism. In a word, stunning!