Hervé BORDAS

Born in 1952 in Paris

Living and working in Venise from 1990

Hervé Bordas’ writing follows a line nourished by abstraction and figuration along an indecisive border that he does not recognize. The lines tear and move apart, the spaces open up in search of the world and wander in the desert of the nights. Sometimes a forest of trees, processions of silhouettes, successions of moments or characters, snow soldiers, frost warriors leaving for the countryside, banners at the forefront, apparitions, “portraits”. More recently, arborescences, branches that look as much at breathing as at corals or river deltas, the sides of mountains, the melting snow. Obviously, all these people are either there or not, it’s a question of taking a good look at them. A world of geology and eros. Infinite ramifications, both in the lines of the hand and in those of the night, between the constellations. The gap between the stars and our life is a reflection that tightens on the still being or the non-existent.

The line alone follows its path, it divides, it suggests, these are our constellations. As it forms, the line closes and opens up to other forms.

There is in the paintings, worked in layers, a whole alchemy of “doing”, a few minutes, or hours, days or even years. The vision must be focused. This painting is in fact more on the side of a writing, that of Michaux or Klee for example. The observer is also a reader, you have to get close to it, even very close. Looking at these paintings with a magnifying glass wouldn’t displease me. It has to swarm well, it has to be well “inhabited”.

Solo Shows

  • 2012 « Un sempre cominciamento (ou la langue de l’enclume) », Hus Gallery, Paris, France
  • 2006 « Luce Nera, La Vetrina del fare », Salerno, Italy
  • 2003 « Canti affilati », Spazio Opera, Matera, Italy
  • 2003 « Forets- Cortèges » Catalogue with text of Jean-Christophe Bailly, Arenthon Gallery, Paris, France
  • 1987 Limmer Gallery, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
  • 1986 Art Cologne, Hachmeister Gallery, Munster, Germany
  • 1985 « Bilder und Lithographien », Volksbank Gallery, Biberach, Germany
  • 1984 « Bilder und Graphik » Catalogue with text of Gilbert Lascault, Hachmeister Gallery, Munster, Germany
  • 1983 « Per Modo di vestigio », Gallery 7, Paris, France
  • 1982 « Peintures sur papier », Hachmeister Gallery, Munster, Germany
  • 1982 « Fragments », Catalogue with text of Jean-Christophe Bailly, Vivian Véteau Gallery, Paris, France
  • 1981 « Graphik », Limmer Gallery, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
  • 1980 « Physiogrammes », Catalogue with text of Alain Jouffroy, Le Dessin Gallery, Paris, France

Critical Article

  • 1984 Hervé Bordas, Descente, Revue Aléa
  • 1982 Pierre Cabanne, La saga d’images d’Hervé Bordas, Le Matin
  • 1980 Catherine Nadaud, Les Physiogrammes d’Hervé Bordas, Libération
  • 1980 Michel Nuridsany, Une peinture répétitive, Le Figaro, septembre
  • 1980 Jean-Marie Dunoyer, Le Monde, septembre
  • 1980 Pierre Cabanne, Une solitude créatrice, Le Matin
  • 1980 Marie Parra-Alédo, Hervé Bordas, Yomiuri, Tokyo
  • 1980 Pierre Cabanne, Les Expositions, Le Matin
  • 1979 Hervé Bordas, L’intuition irréfutable, Opus International, avril

Illustrated Books

  • 2019 «Florilegio Veneziano », Edizioni l’Obliquo, Brescia, Italy
  • 2018 François Bizet, « Dans le Mirador », Les Presses du réel (with frontispiece of Bordas)
  • 2017 Michelle Parra-Alédo, « Images Innées », Prova d’artista, Venise, Italy  (100 copies numbered, the first 9 with the digital reproduction)
  • 2016 Domenico Brancale / Hervé Bordas, « Congiungimenti », Prova d’Artista, Venise, Italy (200 copies)
  • 2014 Adnan Õzer, la forza delle lacrime, Prova d’artista, Venise, Italy (Poems translated of Turc by Luis Miguel Selvelli, with 4 drawings of Bordas)
  • 2013 Joël-Claude Meffre, « Vers les puits », Approches editions, Fougères, France (33 copies numbered and signed with avec original ink of Bordas)
  • 2013 Andrea Longega, « Caterina », Edizioni l’Obliquo, Brescia, Italy (30 copies whith originale ink)
  • 2012 Domenico Brancale, « Cette extrémité », Pension Victoria, Corbières, France (12 copies of draw « tête de mort » numbered and signed with « nature morte » of Bordas)
  • 2011 Hervé Bordas, Portraits de Famille, Prova d’artista, Venise, Italy (41 copies nominatives, numbered and signed with 10 reproductions of ink)
  • 2006 Review collectif A’ Camasce n°6, CTL Press, Hamburg, Germany (216 copies with original ink)
  • 2006 Domenico Brancale / Hervé Bordas, « Frantoi di luce », Mavida, Reggio Emilia, Italy (250 copies, 40 copies numbered with one original Lithograph)
  • 2006 Henri Michaux, « Il Lobo dei mostri », Edizioni l’Obliquo, Brescia, Italy (30 copies with original ink),
  • 2003 Review collectif A’ Camasce n°3, CTL Press, Hamburg, Germany (300 copies numbered, the first 20 with original ink)
  • 2003 Domenico Brancale, « Canti Affilati », Franco Masoero, Torino, Italy
  • 1983 Jean-Christophe Bailly, « Per Modo di vestigio », Editions Copal, Paris, France (10 original lithographs, 50 copies numbered and signed by authors)
  • 1979 Alain Jouffroy, « Le Monde est un tableau », Pierre Bordas & Fils, Paris, France (11 drawings, 30 copies signed by authors signed with the lithograph numbered and signed)