We are pleased to announce a new series of paintings
by Jacques Roch. In this series, Jacques subverts the famous painting
by Manet, Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe in an ironic way. The
background scenery undermines Manet’s iconic nude woman. Jacques’
choice of vibrant colors creates a tension that can be either joyful or
satirical. It is no longer a luncheon in the grass. It is an escape to
a different geography and other dreams.
characters are how Roch first made a name for himself. Roch began his
career as a cartoonist for underground newspapers in Paris. Today,
these characters pop up on color-saturated canvases. Dreamlike worlds
star everything from a creature in a trashcan contemplating life in the
city to a Rubenesque figure that takes on fantastical erotic
proportions. This motley crew of cartoon characters is juxtaposed with
random brushy patches of acid hued acrylic paint to create ocular
“Color is the gate to joy. In the last 10 years, I’ve been dealing with light against the darkness around,” says Roch.