Custom Framing Services
For over 19 years Expression Gallery of Fine Art has provided Chicago, and the

surrounding suburbs with an incredible collection of works on paper by
19th and 20th

century Masters, and contemporary paintings.
Framing has always been a key element

for any work of art.

We are excited to announce our gallery will now be providing a new service, separate

from showcasing our renowned art collection.
Our gallery will now be offering custom

framing for anyone. Please visit the gallery to learn more.

Masters of Different Eras
           Blokhin, Anna's Portrait
      Blokhin, Red and White Roses
 Blokhin, Still Life with White Bottle
"Classical is classical because it is timeless."

Classical art and tradition transcends eras, languages, cultures, and more.

Almost 50 years separate the death of beloved Impressionist

Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1919, from the birth of famed contemporary

master Nikolay Blokhin in 1968, but their art feels deeply connected.

Both are Masters of their respective periods.

Exhibition Preview:

Saturday, October 14th- Friday, October 20th

Exhibition Opening Reception:

Saturday, October 21st from 3-8pm

Renoir was one of the most important artists of the 19th Century. He was a

foundational member of the Impressionist Movement (1867-1886) which

heavily influenced art for the remainder of the 1800s. However he and his art

were more than the label of Impressionism he was assigned. At his core

Renoir was an artist of everyday life known for his brilliant use of colors and

the candid compositions of his sitters, many of whom were family & friends.

(Renoir's color lithograph L'enfant au biscuit depicts his young son Claude).

Blokhin too is a painter of everyday life but of a different era. He paints his

impressions of what he sees whether that be the skyline of Chicago, or an

exquisite vase of flowers. His award-winning portraits often feature his wife

Natasha, and daughter Anna (Anna's Portrait) as the models. Nikolay is a

painter with a traditional & classical education rooted in artistic foundations

of the past.  Renoir said it perfectly himself, "look at the great masters of the

This is a sentiment Blokhin took to heart and one the illustrious Repin

Institute impressed upon him during his time studying and teaching there.   

It is why critics see influences of Rembrandt, Velazquez, Degas and Renoir

when viewing Blokhin's work.

Expression Gallery is honored to present Masters of Different Eras featuring

paintings by Nikolay Blokhin, and graphics by Pierre- Auguste Renoir.

View the evolution of Impressionism, tradition and expression from the 19th

century to modern day. We have the best collection of Blokhin paintings, and

one of the largest gallery collections of Renoir graphics in the United States.
   Renoir, L'enfant au biscuit (8 colors)
         Renoir, Danse à la campagne
          Renoir, Les deux baigneuses

chagall's Lithograph Masterworks

                                                                                                                                                         Chagall, The Wedding Night (Hymen) 1961
On July 7th, 1877 Marc Chagall was born in Vitebsk, Belarus (modern day) to a poor Hassidic family.

He was one of nine children. At a young age he displayed artistic talent. He eventually moved to

aint Petersburg, Russia in 1907 to study art with Leon Bakst, where Chagall’s distinctive child-like style

began to emerge.

In 1914 before the outbreak of World War I Chagall held a one man show in Berlin exhibiting work

dominated by Jewish imagery- a common theme in his work. In addition to images of the Hassidic world,

Chagall’s art was inspired by themes from the Bible. This fascination with religion culminated in over

100 etchings illustrating the Bible.

Chagall’s imagery often centered around themes of religion, his first wife Bella, and their love of the

circus. However, it was Chagall’s illustrations of the story of Daphnis and Chloe that is widely considered

as his crowning achievement in printmaking. The Suite took Chagall five years to complete 1957-1961.

Approximately 1000 zinc plates were used to create the suite of 42 luminous color lithographs. Some

individual images were made up of 20-25 different colors.

Chagall received many prizes and much recognition for his work. He was one of the very few artists

to exhibit work at the Louvre in their lifetime. The Museum of Modern Art in New York gave him a

retrospective in 1946. In 1948 he settled down permanently in Saint- Paul de Vence, France where he

continued to exhibit throughout Europe. In the 1960s Chagall branched out to larger commissions such

as the famous stained glass windows for the synagogue of the Hadassah University Medical Center in

Jerusalem, the ceiling of the Paris Opera, and many other projects throughout the years like Chicago’s

America Windows which were completed in 1976.

On March 28th, 1985 Marc Chagall died in Saint-Paul de Vence at the age of 97. He was one of the

most important figures in 20th century art, and the last surviving master of European modernists-

outliving Joan Miró by two years. Chagall worked on the fringes of the most well-known artistic

movements of the century including Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism, and Modernism, but his art was

always distinctly his. He left behind an accomplished artistic legacy that spanned many mediums

including paintings, graphics, stained glass, and sculptures. There is a debate amongst art historians and

critics over who was the best colorist, Matisse or Chagall? While the answer is divisive Chagall remains

one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

                                                        Chagall, Profile with Red Child
                                            Chagall, La Famille du Peintre

After Paintings and Lithographs

Monet, Untergehende Sonne. After Etching
Monet, L'eglise de Vernon. After Etching

We are excited to share an exceptional group of works with you.

This collection is comprised of etchings, and lithographs done after some of the

most prominent art from the Impressionist era like Monet's painting,

Impression Sunrise from 1872, which inspired the name of the Impressionist Movement.

This selection of works includes images done after some of the most famous paintings

by Claude Monet, lithographs by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and paintings by Alfred Sisley.

These pieces were compiled with the permission of the artists. or the artist's estates in

publications like Theodore Duret's, Die Impressionisten 1909, and George Riviere's,

Renoir et ses amis 1921.

Visit our 19th Century Masters page and click on After Paintings and Lithographs to

view our entire collection of these wonderful pieces.
Renoir, Enfants jouant a la balle. After Color Lithograph
Renoir, Croquis L'Aquavelle. Pochoir


Saturday, October 29th: 3-8pm
Fin De Été Indien
Bouquet Mimosa
Les Lavandes et Colzas

Expression Gallery is proud to announce our third exhibition with paintings by Jean Moiras.

Some of Moiras' best canvases have been selected. They are unlike anything we have seen before.

View our Online Preview of the Collection:


Visit our Exhibition Preview in the Gallery:


Exhibition Opening Reception:


Jean Moiras was born on December 7, 1945 in Chamalieres, France. He attended the University

of Sciences of Clermong-Ferrand & Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux- Arts of Paris.

He has worked as an artist since 1964, applying his skills not only in fine art, but also in theater,

cinema, and television. He has worked with the most successful French directors and designers.

His paintings and sculptures are in public and private collections around the globe.

We cannot wait to share these works with you.

Do not miss the opportunity to select your favorite painting by Moiras.
Les Coulets en Gironde
Portsall (Bretague)

Cityscapes by Guy Dessapt
Dessapt, Paris Institute et le pont des Arts. oil & acrylic on canvas
Dessapt, New York- Central Park in Spring. oil & acrylic on canvas

We are excited to have a special collection of five new cityscapes by Guy Dessapt.

Take a journey through the streets of New York and Paris, two of the most iconic cities in the

world, and two metropolises that have played an important role in Dessapt's career.

Dessapt primarily paints scenes of France, making his paintings of New York rare.

On this canvas he combines the gleaming skyscrapers of New York City with the

serene setting of Central Park during springtime.

His Parisian scenes from this collection focus on the major landmarks of the city, including

two views of the Notre Dame Cathedral before the 2019 fire, views on the Seine,

and the Abbaye of Saint-Germain des Prés.

New Artist & Exhibition at Expression Gallery:


Henry, Ensoleillé. oil on canvas
Henry, En Cadeau. oil on canvas
Henry, Chapel. oil on canvas

We are proud to debut an exhibition of 13 paintings by a new artist for the gallery:

French contemporary painter, Antoine Henry

Online preview of the collection:


Exhibition on display begins:


Antoine Henry is a French man born in Paris, 1961. He studied French, & English literature before

attending fashion school. After his studies he spent time working in haute couture fashion houses

as an assistant designer. This position allowed him to travel internationally- mostly to Japan.

The atmosphere of the country triggered something in him, and he devoted himself to painting.

After he returned to France, he attended a Jackson Pollock retrospective at the

Georges Pompidou Center, and felt inspired to experiment, and develop his own style. 

Henry is ritualistic when it comes to his artistic process. Music and literature have a significant

impact on his paintings, and technique. He is an observer often focusing on the attitudes of people,

light, and the arrangement of furniture for his interior paintings, and still lifes. His paintings

suggest influences by the Fauvists and their use of bold color, and distain for

realistic representational painting, like Henri Matisse’s, L’Atelier Rouge. 

His use of color defines his style. Bold, and brilliantly saturated colors cover his canvases; for him

the color white does not exist. He works on the background first (not a concern for most artists),

but it is a crucial element for Henry. He adds vibrant layers of paint, only to scrape it away.

He draws the details of the scene by revealing the background color through the outline of

buildings, or the horizon of a landscape. He even signs his paintings using this technique. 

Henry, Abbaye. oil on canvas
Henry, Edinburgh Castle. oil on canvas

Impressions of Chicago

Blokhin, Chicago Downtown. oil on canvas
Coulomb, La Riviere Chicago. oil on canvas

Chicago has long been a city for the arts. It is home to monumental works by

Calder, Chagall, Miró, Picasso and many more influential artists.

Chicago's rich artistic history continues to influence contemporary artists today.

Expression Gallery has a vest collection of paintings, & graphic works on paper

ranging from the 20th century to more contemporary, featuring our iconic city.

Coulomb, Chicago. oil on canvas
Blokhin, Verticals. oil on canvas

Salvador Dalí's Visions of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry, drypoint etching with stencil
Water Tower, drypoint etching with stencil

Salvador Dalí's Visions of Chicago was commissioned by Merrill Chase Galleries in 1972.

Dalí did not see Chicago as a large, and bustling city.

He instead saw the lakeshore, river, and the towering skyscrapers as tall beautiful women.

For Dalí, it is these women who embody the spirit of Chicago.

The vivid circles of color were inspired after Dali visited The Art Institute, and viewed

Seurat's pointillist painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.

Dalí's Chicago Suite captures the beauty of four iconic landmarks,

and his perspective of the city through the ethereal female forms in each etching.
The Art Institute, drypoint etching with stencil
Buckingham Fountain, drypoint etching with stencil

Modern Impressionist Landscapes
Guy Dessapt, Provence. oil and acrylic on canvas
Guy Dessapt, Golfe do Saint Tropez. oil and acrylic on canvas

Expression Gallery is honored to present a curated selection of new paintings
by French artist, Guy Dessapt.

We have represented Dessapt for over 15 years.
He has become one of the most beloved artists that we carry.

He is considered one of the great artists from the School of Paris, which included
renowned artists such as Roger Bonafé, Bernard Buffet, Marc Chagall, & Raoul Icart.

Mr. Dessapt combines acrylic, and oil paints, with a touch
of pastels to create rich textures, and brilliant colors in his paintings.

Guy Dessapt, Lake de Soleil. oil and acrylic on canvas
Guy Dessapt, Village sur le Dunance. oil and acrylic on canvas

Georges Coulomb: Play on Colour

Saturday, October 16th: 3-8pm

Coulomb, Été orange
Coulomb, Chicago     

Expression Gallery of Fine Art is excited to present a new exhibition

by one of our favorite French artists, Mr. Georges Coulomb.

View our Online Preview of the Collection:


Visit our Exhibition Preview in the Gallery:


Exhibition Opening Reception:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16th from 3-8pm.

Georges Coulomb was born in 1947 in Port-de-Bouc France, where he still lives today.

A natural genius, Coulomb took to painting very quickly without any training.

In his landscapes and still lifes Coulomb blends the colors of Matisse, the dynamic energy

of Van Gogh, and the elegant structure of Cézanne, with his own character.

The passion, lyricism and daring colors of Coulomb's canvases make him a painter out of

the ordinary. The world is like an orchestra full of infinite shades of life, and joy,

and Coulomb has the ability to express all these feelings through his paintings.

Do not miss this opportunity to own a painting by one of the

most coveted, and collectable contemporary French Masters we carry.

Coulomb, Bastide aux Arbres Jaunes
Coulomb, Fleurs nacrée      

Frederick Elliot Hart

Firebird. Lucite sculpture
Union. Bronze, white gold patina

Passages. Lucite sculpture

Expression Gallery is privileged to represent acclaimed American sculptor Frederick Hart.

Frederick Elliott Hart was born in 1943. He was hailed as the greatest living American sculptor during his lifetime. Throughout his career, he was honored with numerous accolades and awards,

and even received an award after his death in 1999.

He studied at the University of South Carolina, before he found solace at the

Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. It is here in D.C. where two of his most famous works are located. In 1982, Hart completed his series depicting the creation of mankind, entitled Ex Nihilo, for the stone façade of the Washington National Cathedral. A couple years later in 1984, he unveiled his Three Soldiers bronze statue at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

During Hart’s career he completed many large-scale public commissions. In 1971 while working on his submission for the Washington National Cathedral, he opened his studio to private commissions to earn living expenses. Much of these sculptures were executed in marble, limestone, and bronze in a more figurative style than his larger works. Through Hart’s smaller, private commissions, he increasingly experimented with a new medium- clear acrylic/lucite.

He developed a technique of embedding one lucite sculpture within another,

and patented his process in 1982.

When asked about his clear Lucite works, Hart said, “these sculptures were purely defined by light, they are the offspring of his Cathedral work. They deal with the being and non-being.”

Today, Hart’s legacy as remains strong as one of America’s most prolific sculptors. He was posthumously awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2004-

the highest award given to artists by the United States Government, for his important body of work, including his

Three Soldiers, and Ex Nihilo.

Hart’s sculptures continue to influence artists today. His works can be found in museums throughout the United States and Europe, and his sculptures are highly sought after by collectors.

Firebird. Lucite sculpture
Firebird. Lucite sculpture



If you wish to view the collection before the exhibition opening on Friday November 20th, call us at (630)-986-9848 to schedule a private appointment. Please note that we have extended the hours of our exhibition opening to accommodate social distancing.

Anna’s Portrait, Oil on canvas
Sea Cliffs, Oil on canvas

Expression Gallery of Fine Art is honored to present an exclusive exhibition by world-renowned contemporary Russian artist: Nikolay Blokhin. We invite you to an evening of beauty and splendor. Experience the breadth of this Russian Master through our curated collection of his paintings

Ships, Oil on canvas

Born in 1968 in Saint Petersburg Russia, this young master has emerged as one of the most important artists of his time. He attained a solid academic foundation in art from the prestigious Repin Institute in Saint Petersburg, and served as Professor of Drawing at the Institute for 16 years.

Works by Nikolay Blokhin make a stunning impression from first sight.

Images of his portraits, landscapes, and genre compositions have a magical quality to remain in one’s memory for a long time.

His first international success came from his portraiture, receiving the Grand Prize in the “Portrait Competition” by the American Society of Portrait Artists in 2002, and Best of Show at the “International Portrait Competition” by ASOPA in 2004.

The artist has had over 40 international personal exhibitions throughout his career. Blokhin’s work is sought after by American and international collectors. His paintings and drawings are in private & museum collections throughout the United States, Europe & Asia.

A lifetime is rarely enough to become a master, but Blokhin proves otherwise.

Russia embraced classical technique when the US and Europe turned towards Modernism in the 20th century, and continued this to the present. It was this focus on the classics that helped shape Nikolay into the artist he is. Influences of Rembrandt, Velazquez, Goya, Manet, Whistler, and Renoir are present throughout his work.

Lovely Bouquet, Oil on canvas
Beautiful Girl in Grey, Oil on canvas

Peter Ilsted

Expression Gallery of Fine Art

August 13th, 2020
Ilsted, Grandfather’s House. Mezzotint
Girl Sewing in an Italian Villa. Mezzotint

Expression Gallery is excited to present work by artist and printmaker Peter Ilsted in our gallery.

Peter Ilsted (1861-1933) is regarded as one of the most talented Danish printmakers of the     19th century. Classically trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts, the leading academic artistic institution in Denmark, he was the only members of his class who favored printmaking to painting. His focus was largely on interior Dutch scenes, and is often associated with the “Copenhagen Interior School,” a style associated with Dutch artists whose work reflected an orderliness and tranquility of life, similar to Vermeer.

He experimented with a variety of printmaking methods throughout his life, primarily concentrating on etchings until he abandoned this in 1909, for the much more detail-rich mezzotint. Through his dedication to creating mezzotints he was able to prefect the subtleties of this method of printmaking through the tonal nuances, and the luminous highlights present in his interior scenes. The muted tonalities in Ilsted’s mezzotints often support a luminosity that verges on the supernatural, a silence that verges on mystery.

Ilsted’s art expresses the essence of life in Copenhagen at the turn of the century: tranquility and orderliness, contentment with the home and family, and the flat placid Danish countryside. His art reflects the isolation from the political and social turmoil in the countries to the south, and is unaffected by ever-evolving artistic styles of the 20th century.

The Rainy Day. Mezzotint
Gate in a Wood. Mezzotint

Nikolay Blokhin

Expression Gallery of Fine Art

November 29, 2019
Blokhin, Lady with Dog
Blokhin, Verticals

We are proud to represent Nikolay Blokhin works in our gallery.

Nikolay Blokhin was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1968. Considered a master by art critics, Blokhin showed artistic promise from a young age, he began his training at a district art school before entering the prestigious Saint Petersburg Academy of Art in 1989. Graduating with his postgraduate degree in Easel Painting in 2000, he was a Professor at the Saint Petersburg Academy of Art until 2016. Blokhin’s search through the canons of past artists who broke with tradition and shook up thematic artistic views resulted in his recognizable style.

Nikolay’s talent rivals that of masters before him, and this talent has not gone unnoticed. In 2002 he was awarded the Grand Prize in Portrait Competition of the American Society of Portrait Artists at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 2004 his work was awarded Best of Show in the International Portrait Competition of the Portrait Society of America in Boston.

Blokhin’s works are part of private and museum collections across the world and are becoming increasingly sought after. Expression Galleries of Fine Art is proud to feature Blokhin drawings and paintings, including works from his Chicago series.

Visit our Contemporary Artists page to see Blokhin’s work, or set up an appointment to view it in person at our Hinsdale and Chicago locations.

Blokhin, Good Day
Blokhin, Seated Ballerina

Georges Coulomb

Expression Galleries of Fine Art

September 23rd, 2017
Coulomb, Raisins, grenades, et kakis
Coulomb. Automne Japonais

We are excited to announce that the new show of twenty Georges Coulomb paintings is now in our gallery. We will be hosting an opening reception with the artist in attendance on Saturday, September 23rd from 5pm to 9pm.

Georges Coulomb was born in Port-de-Bouc, France. A natural genius, Coulomb took to painting very quickly without any training. In his landscapes and still lifes, he blends the colors of Matisse, the dynamic energy of Van Gogh, and the elegant structure of Cézanne. with their own character.

We are taking private appointments to preview the collection. Please email or call to set up an appointment to view the collection in person or by email. But whatever you do, do not miss this show.





Coulomb, Les Goudes (Marseille)

Jean Moiras:
Translations of Emotion

Expression Galleries of Fine Art

October 21st, 2016

The second exhibition by one of our most popular artists, Jean Moiras, is now in our gallery. The collection, with seventeen new paintings, has been installed and the exhibition will continue through the first of the year. We will be hosting an opening reception with the artist in attendance on Friday, October 21st from 5pm to 9pm.

Jean Moiras was born on December 7, 1945 in Chamalieres, France. He attended

the University of Sciences of Clermong-Ferrand & Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux- Arts of Paris. He has worked as an artist since 1964, applying his skills not only in fine art, but also in theater, cinema, and television. He has worked with the most successful French directors and designers. His paintings and sculpture are in public and private collections around the globe.

We are taking private appointments to preview the collection. Please email or call to set up an appointment to view the collection in person or by email.

Do not miss this opportunity to own a painting by this contemporary French Master.

Expression Galleries of Fine Art

18 W First St
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Moiras, Les Charolons
Moiras, Les Casiers (il de Re)
Moiras, Sea Cliffs

Georges Coulomb:

Expression Galleries of Fine Art

June 24th, 2016
The Exclusive Contract
Coulomb, Notre Dame
Coulomb, Village au Grimaud
Expression Gallery is proud to sign a special contract with Mr. Coulomb.
His paintings will be exclusively represented in the United States at our Galleries.

Coulomb’s standard of excellence and his incredible painting style make him one-of-a-kind in the Contemporary European art market, and one of the most collectable artists we have ever carried.

Jean-Marie Zacchi:
The Magic of Color

Expression Galleries of Fine Art

May 6th, 2016
Zacchi, Fuego

We would like to introduce an artist who has long been
considered a living master and a national treasure of France.
His name is Jean-Marie Zacchi. He has transformed
the style of still life painting with his approach that combines
abstraction and an ability to represent reality.
His color palate is intriguing and elegant, juxtaposing
warm oranges and reds and cool blues and greens
to cause each to stand out. His paintings have a startlingly
modern and contemporary feel.
We invite you to read his biography and view his works.

Jean-Marie Zacchi was born April 9, 1944 in Cervione, Corisca.
His parents were both city natives; Joseph Zacchi and
Marie Antoinette Andreani. His father had an illustrious military career, which often brought the family to distant countries. When the artist was around 14 years of age, and residing in Paris, he was attracted to the great masters of contemporary painting, such as Picasso, Buffet, and Cathelin.

   In 1962 he continued his education at the School of Modern Arts in Paris and graduated in 1965. The painting career of Jean-Marie Zacchi began when he was 19 years old during his first exhibition in the Salon of French Artists at the Grand Palais in Paris. Subsequently, he worked as a designer for the House of Chanel; and as a freelance designer he worked for major brands such as Dunhill, Fauchon, Polygram, and Sandstone House.

Zacchi, Le Bouquet de Tokyo

 Zacchi had friends in high places amongst the art community.
He was respected and admired by many of the toughest
French critics of art; and because of this, doors to many
of the most prestigious galleries in France were opened to him.

   In 1973, Jean-Marie Zacchi became a part of the
Commission of Fine Arts in Boulogne where he
participated in the creation of its first exhibition
"Language of Drawing". In 1986, Zacchi became a member
of Purple Lounge Exhibition, and then, in 1989,
he was elected Vice President, and in 1990 he chaired
the Purple Lounge.

   Zacchi was elected in 1986 to the committee of French artists; he became the secretary of the painting chapter in 1988. And soon enough, the artist was elected commissioner general.

   At this point in time, Jean‐Marie Zacchi’s list of merits amongst the art community in France was as extensive as it was impressive. He then added more to his list of accomplishments by becoming the president of the Society of French Artists in 1991; a position he held for three years. In the same year, he was awarded the Medal of Honor, and appointed as the official painter of the French army, and in 2003 for the Navy as well.

   Jean‐Marie Zacchi was then bestowed the title of Honorary President of the Official Painters of the French Army in 2010.

   Jean‐Marie Zacchi is a member of the figurative transposition movement, a play between abstraction and figuration. A movement in art that uses the onlooker’s freedom of exploration to create anything they wish. Zacchi has summarized his work in the following statement:

   “I leave all my paintings the freedom to imagine, to invent, to project free choice and to dream.
I want to feel the light atmosphere and emotion.”

   Several museums have already paid tribute to him, including locations in France, Brazil, Chile, United States, Israel, Japan, Mexico, and China.

   Zacchi’s paintings bring a cool, Modernist style to the French tradition of still-lifes, and are perfect for rooms designed with a clean, contemporary fashion. He is different from any other contemporary artist; his paintings are where decorative art meets connoisseurship. He is a technical master whose sophisticated use of line and form is not immediately apparent, but its complexity is revealed after studying the canvas. Zacchi’s work is highly painterly, and the tones that overlap each other are very subtle and elegant. One gets an impression of purity and lightness in his works, which carry over into any room you display these paintings in.

   The exhibition consists of seven oil paintings on canvas. Each one of these paintings possess the ability to become the focal point of any room. If you like Coulomb or Bonafé, we think that you will enjoy Zacchi. This French painter has the ability to use color as a language to express his entire range of emotion. Please view the collection of paintings on our website, and experience them physically in both our galleries; Chicago and Hinsdale.

To view the full collection, visit Jean-Marrie Zacchi’s

Roger Bonafé:
Composing a Luminous World

Expression Galleries of Fine Art

March 4th, 2016

Roger Bonafe was born on august 30th. 1932 in the town of Caux (Herault) in southern France after accepting a job at the French postoffice in the fifties. He made his way to Paris and settled in the heart ofmontmartpx a few steps from the piace du Tertre - the epicenter of art at thetime. There he beg,. Acquainted with the up and coming young painters. Writersand sculptors who were residents of La Butte. Through these friendships. Bonafediscovered his love of painting.

Swept into a creative fever, Bonafe left his job at the Post Office and started to produce art. Early in his practice, Bonafé would frequently paint street scenes of Monmatre,

trying to emulate the artists around him like Utrillo, Jansem and Caillaux. He also maintained a privileged relationship

with the great French writer J. Deltoit. However, Bonafé

quickly developed his own style, capturing his unique personality and artistic interests. On occasion, Bonafé revealed himself to be a good sculptor, although painting remained his passion.


   While using a relatively sober palette, Bonafé’s work was minimalist in composition but rich in nuance. In time, his palette evolved. Deeper, warmer reds and purples began inhabiting his canvases. Drawing from various locations in France, Bonafé describes a landscape through contrasts: tenderness and violence, lines and curves, brightness and shade. Bonafé reduces the essentials, painting in a graphic style of geometric shapes within a linear landscape. His use of color is flat yet bold, strengthened by the heavy lines that impose a sense of order and elegance. These techniques of color and form maintain a quiet sophistication in all of Bonafé’s work, revealing an astonishing knowledge of paint and color. In this way, Bonafé communicates to his viewers the simple elegance and idyllic beauty of a landscape.


   In the sixties, he moved back to Southern France (Montpellier) and started showing his work in local galleries. From 1961 to 1987, Bonafé took part in many personal and group exhibitions throughout Europe. Beginning in 1988, Bonafé’s career went intercontinental and his works were exhibited all over the world: China, South Korea, Japan, New York, Dallas, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Australia, Barcelona, Paris, Geneva, Lausanne, Monaco, Brussels, and more. In 2001, Bonafé was invited to exhibit his works at the United Nations Building in Geneva, which was met with great success.


   At 84 years old, Bonafé is one of the most famous contemporary French painters in Japan, and his recognition is growing worldwide. Roger Bonafé has lived and worked in France for most of his life, and continues to gain local acclaim from critics and peers.


   Expression Gallery of Fine Art is honored to present an exclusive collection of paintings by Roger Bonafé. The artwork featured in the exhibition demonstrates Bonafé’s unique approach to painting: compositions broken into irregular patterns of color, shapes displaying a distinct mid-century modernism, forms all contained within dark contour lines.  In addition to his love of landscape, Roger Bonafé communicates a certain element of existentialism in his portraits of women. It is almost as if he obscures the eyes of his subjects so he can look upon them without he himself being scrutinized – large sun hats cast shadows over the faces of the women in his paintings.


   It is the quest of every painter to create his or her own unique style, reflecting an emotional honesty onto the canvas. Bonafé illustrates his vision of the world as a modernist – things deliberately organized and simplified, but simultaneously complex and often bordering on abstraction.  As a colorist, Bonafé’s sharply contrasting colors create a large amount of heat and energy. Many important artists follow in the footsteps of their predecessors drawing upon years of art history and theory, yet Bonafé prefers to pursue his own path. Though influenced by other artists, he has developed a style that is uniquely his own. Bonafé makes no apologies, his work rooted in his own artistic self-awareness.

   Don't miss the opportunity to meet this world acclaimed painter.  View the collection and reserve the painting that moves you. Mr. Roger Bonafé will be available at the opening to dedicate his works to our special friends and collectors. The opening reception will take place on:

March 4th, from 5:00 – 9:00 PM.  

To RSVP, please call (630)-986-9848.

view the collection, visit Roger Bonafé’s Artist Page.

Bonafé, des Collines Bleues et les Cyprès du Lavandin
Bonafé, Grand Mas Tulipes et Pommes Vertes
Bonafé, Thau et Baraquer tes de Saint Clair
Bonafé, Rideau Bleu Pommes Jaunes Bouquet Rouge

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