French artist's work comes into being through the use of white.
geometry he creates a timeless space through the association of shapes
and a subtle collage of paint.
Mérijon sees his painting as a mirror, that of a fragmented world
will only last by using its multitude of facets to piece oneself together.
longs walks in Paris take him to his favourite haunts, the museums,
banks of the Seine and its bouquinists. He enjoys shopping in the rue
in the sixth arrondissement to encounter his friend, the composer JB Loussier,
mysteriously he likes looking westwards
Versailles where, since 1980, he has had his studio, tucked away in a
closed cobbled courtyard.
is the place where light makes the ridges and grroves of his paintings
most recent Whites hang on the white-washed walls,
of silence, a mirror to contemplate.
May to July 2000, he held a widely-acclaimed exhibition, "idée
croisée" at the "Musée de la Poste"
his friend Jacques
Perry, the author of "La vie d'un païen".
2001, the Whites were exhibited at the Contrescarpe in Paris.
the immaculate white walls they looked like mirrors.
the paintings were "White 235f", a square format on canvas,
"White 243", mixed media with collages,
also " White, hommage à Parmentier " whose work was presented
to him by the poet Jean
White must be approached with discernment, not only straight on but also
from the side.
there the subtle design can be seen, put into play by whites and greys
an incredible harmony, brought into being by the paint itself which is
filled with light.
a public, shared place, the studio reflects the need for the artist
to be alone with himself and to shut himself away from all possible disturbances.
morning I go back to my Whites and my work has changed, silence has found
its means of expression,
light has made use of colour to become white.
was when I started painting in white that I was asked
give a conference on colour at la Trinité, in Paris!"
artist, who can often be seen in the streets of Versailles, is consumed
by his work,
his work is going well, the artist is smiling, if not, his attitude translates
Henri Courseaux sang in his latest show,
la façon dont il passe on le sait dans le bonheur ou dans le drame".
life as an artist has led him to meet poets, writers, composers.
like the art of writing, it corresponds to my desire for a harmonious
space and resonance.
read my friend Jean-Claude
Brisville in "Le Souper"
to reach the peak of writing at its most polished
is also a reminder of his conversation with Camus who answered his question:
it worth working the way we do?"
saying "Do you really have the calling? If this is the case, you
will have to bear this weight"
leaning towards books has led the artist naturally towards illustration,
novels and book binding decoration .
novel "4 fauteuils blancs", published by the poetry review Florilège
the White bookbindings are the outcome of this work.
White bookbinding of O. Mérijon's writing, created in close collaboration
Jacqueline Poydenot, the bookbinder, was exhibited at
"Bibliotheca Wittockiana", the book and bookbinding museum in
Brussels in 2002.
style is not one of rupture in the modernist sense,
his early works he has embraced a concept linked to memory.
Gaspari, who he enjoys meeting,
speaks to him of the whiteness which is exuded by "La Cité
Idéale" in the Museum of Urbino in the Marches in Italy.
The world of art is an invitation,
is compelled to make the spectator think,
invites him to look, to finish the work, to explore and exploit this gift