19.02.2016 — 01.05.2016
Born in the Netherlands in 1957, the Dutch-French artist Jan Gulfoss has lived in France since 1974. His work straddles the border between the worlds of art and science.
His After The Fire series marks a rebirth of sorts after his studio was destroyed by fire in 2007, and reflects his many travels and journeys since. In collaboration with zoos and nature reserves, he trains his lens on wild animals, making an extraordinary cabinet of curiosities appear before our eyes.
Jan Gulfoss delights in staging his subjects in ways that challenge appearances and blur the line between the real and the artificial. The backdrops, which he paints himself, contribute to the illusion and create a sense of “mise en abyme”. The animals become actors on a mysterious and poetic stage.
A photographer, painter and biologist, Jan Gulfoss is an explorer first and foremost. His new genre of Naturalia immerses the viewer in a wonderfully moving universe, where time seems to stand still. Suddenly, silence falls, the rhinoceros enters the scene, and the egrets take flight.
Still life, after the fire.