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Exhibition: Hidden Worlds: Prints and Drawings by Erik Desmazières from January 6, 2023 to March 25, 2023 at Childs Gallery, Boston

Hidden Worlds: Prints and Drawings by Erik Desmazières

Press Release:

Hidden Worlds, a new exhibition of work by French master printmaker Erik Desmazières, journeys through the artist's intricately detailed spaces, revealing imaginary cosmos and surrealist views of everyday scenes. With the meticulous draftsmanship of Old Masters like Dürer and Piranesi, Desmazières creates works that envision new worlds - images based both on the artist's imagination and experiences. The exhibition highlights Desmazières' early work, heavy with fantasy and science fiction leanings, and is supplemented by later uniquely cerebral views of Parisian rooftops, arcades, and ateliers. Hidden Worlds explores these complexly inviting spaces through prints and drawings that span Desmazières' nearly six-decade career. 

A copperplate etching revivalist working in the genre of Art Fantastique, Desmazières' work plays with both tradition and progression. Combining the past, present, and future, the artist displays his mastery of world-building, producing images and views of people, places, and things that never were, but certainly feel as if they could have been. His uncanny attention to detail and hand for atmospheric light and shadow brings to life scenes in a variety of reoccurring motifs: cities and buildings, battles and warriors, libraries and letters, wonder chambers and curiosities, comedies and characters. With each, the artist envisions an imaginary world unto itself, all demanding of a longer look, a deeper investigation into the singular world he has created. It is as if something more, something exciting, something important is happening right outside the boundary of the artist's plate.  

Born in Rabat, Morocco in 1948 to a French diplomat, Erik Desmazières has been described as arguably the finest French printmaker of his generation. After graduating from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris in 1971, he turned his attentions towards the arts, having drawn since childhood. He subsequently studied printmaking at the Cours du Soir de la Ville de Paris. During his career Desmazières has received the Grand Prix des Arts de la Ville de Paris, and was elected to the Société des Peintres-Graveurs Français, where he has served as President since 2006. He continues to be a force in printmaking, with solo museum exhibitions throughout the world, including major shows in France, the Netherlands, the United States, and Japan.

Hidden Worlds marks the fourth solo exhibition of Desmazières' work at Childs Gallery.Hidden Worlds: Prints and Drawings by Erik Desmazières is on view in the Childs Gallery print department January 6 through March 25, 2023.

On exhibit until March 25th, 2023
Print by Erik Desmazières: Le Prince de Thulé, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
734×934IN.
Le Prince de Thulé
Mixed Media by Erik Desmazières: Wunderbibliotek, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
2614×1812IN.
Wunderbibliotek
Print By Erik Desmazières: Ville Septentrionale At Childs GalleryQuick View
1614×2314IN.
Ville septentrionale
Print by Erik Desmazières: Le Déluge, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
16×2314IN.
Le Déluge
Print by Erik Desmazières: Wunderkammer II, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
1012×21IN.
Wunderkammer II
Print By Erik Desmazières: La Coursive Nord Sud, From Le Magasin Central Des Imprimés At Childs GalleryQuick View
24×13IN.
$10,000
La Coursive nord-sud, from
Print By Erik Desmazières: Les Réserves Est Ouest, From Le Magasin Central Des Imprimés At Childs GalleryQuick View
24×13IN.
$10,000
Les Réserves est-ouest, from
Print By Erik Desmazières: Travée Est Ouest, From Le Magasin Central Des Imprimés At Childs GalleryQuick View
24×13IN.
$10,000
Travée est-ouest, from Le
Print By Erik Desmazières: Le Bureau Des Ordres, From Le Magasin Central Des Imprimés At Childs GalleryQuick View
20×14IN.
$10,000
Le Bureau des ordres,
Print By Erik Desmazières: Le Grand Orgue Pneumatique, From Le Magasin Central Des Imprimés At Childs GalleryQuick View
20×14IN.
$10,000
Le Grand orgue pneumatique,
Print By Erik Desmazières: Frontispice, From Le Magasin Central Des Imprimés At Childs GalleryQuick View
20×14IN.
$10,000
Frontispice, from Le Magasin
Print By Erik Desmazières: Les Escaliers Côté Est, From Le Magasin Central Des Imprimés At Childs GalleryQuick View
24×13IN.
$10,000
Les Escaliers côté est,
Print by Erik Desmazières: La Tentation de Saint Antoine, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
29×3534IN.
$10,000
La Tentation de Saint-Antoine
Print By Erik Desmazières: Le Magasin De Robert Capia At Childs GalleryQuick View
2814×3514IN.
$6,500
Le Magasin de Robert Capia
Print by Erik Desmazières: L'Atelier de Louis Icart, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
2312×1612IN.
$6,500
L'Atelier de Louis Icart
Print By Erik Desmazières: Galerie Véro Dodat At Childs GalleryQuick View
1712×24IN.
$3,500
Galerie Véro Dodat
Print By Erik Desmazières: Le Sac De Rome At Childs GalleryQuick View
2514×1914IN.
$3,500
Le Sac de Rome
Print By Erik Desmazières: Les Roues At Childs GalleryQuick View
2538×1912IN.
$3,250
Les Roues
Print By Erik Desmazières: Atelier René Tazé, Villa Du Lavoir At Childs GalleryQuick View
1834×28IN.
$2,800
Atelier René Tazé, Villa du Lavoir
Print By Erik Desmazières: Passage Choiseul At Childs GalleryQuick View
24×17IN.
$2,650
Passage choiseul
Print By Erik Desmazières: Passage Du Bourg L'abbé At Childs GalleryQuick View
2438×1758IN.
$2,650
Passage du Bourg l'Abbé
Print By Erik Desmazières: Passage Du Caire At Childs GalleryQuick View
17×24IN.
$2,650
Passage du Caire
Print By Erik Desmazières: L'ecroulement At Childs GalleryQuick View
22×17IN.
$2,500
L'Ecroulement
Print By Erik Desmazières: Galerie Vivienne At Childs GalleryQuick View
24×17IN.
$2,500
Galerie vivienne
Print by Erik Desmazières: Une Ville dans les Falaises, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
26×19IN.
$2,200
Une Ville dans les Falaises
Print By Erik Desmazières: Coloquintes Devant Une Ville At Childs GalleryQuick View
734×934IN.
$1,800
Coloquintes devant une ville
Print by Erik Desmazières: Jardin à Bordeaux, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
1112×8IN.
$1,800
Jardin à Bordeaux
Print By Erik Desmazières: Jardin En Italie At Childs GalleryQuick View
814×1112IN.
$1,750
Jardin en Italie
Print By Erik Desmazières: Ville Imaginaire At Childs GalleryQuick View
7×1812IN.
$1,650
Ville imaginaire
Print By Erik Desmazières: L'orangerie De Pressy At Childs GalleryQuick View
1834×2914IN.
$1,650
L'Orangerie de Pressy
Print By Erik Desmazières: Une Maman Apprenant à Son Fils à Voler At Childs GalleryQuick View
8×1112IN.
$1,250
Une Maman apprenant à son fils à voler
Print By Erik Desmazières: Ville Rocheuse At Childs GalleryQuick View
7×1812IN.
$1,200
Ville rocheuse
Print By Erik Desmazières: Entrance Hall With A Globe At Childs GalleryQuick View
934×712IN.
$850
Entrance Hall with a Globe
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