Claude Viallat


b.1936, Aubais, France

Lives and works in Nimes, France

Influenced by Abstract Expressionism and reacting against the naturalism of classical painting, Claude Viallat developed a new formal language in his paintings. A rectangular shape with rounded corners, in a variety of colours, recurs throughout his work. He layers this shape over changing patterns, creating quilt-­like paintings - the simplicity and repetitiveness of his works belie the complexity of his subtle shifts in size, format, and contrast. He calls painting ‘a tremor, an inner uncertainty, a commitment to change, to infringe, to subvert knowledge and consciousness.’

Exhibitions with L V H
Selected Work
2008/163, 2008 Acrylic on fabric 55 1/2 x 49 in | 141 x 124 cm
Sans Titre no.57, 1997 Acrylic on fabric 110 x 76 in | 280 x 192 cm