Hervé Loilier was born in Paris in 1948. He began an admirable artistic career after graduating from Polytechnique and the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. He became a professor of plastic art in 1973. Throughout these many years of teaching, he never ceased to explore and expand the singularity of his pictorial vocabulary. It is only when he decided to retire, in 2012, that he started to devote himself fully to his passion: creation.
Loilier’s production is marginal. It is at the antipodes of military subjects and the pictorial rigour that usually accompanies painters from Polytechnique. Contrariwise, his works are dreamlike themed, where fantasy and poetry combine to create a sensual and captivating atmosphere. In this way, the city of Venice is an obvious choice for the setting of his works. The painter unveils this mysterious city where masks and courtesan life are as much splendours of a passing glory as reminiscences of a world in the process of disappearing ‘s fragility.
Although the subjects are drawn, the landscape surrounding them is abstract. Obtained by the use of oil paint, the effects of transparency transport us into a universe that seems to escape all determinism. Therefore, the similarity of the represented faces disturb us, their melancholic expression fascinates us. Divided between Orient and Occident, Hervé Loilier’s pictorial reality is however far from any historical or mythological narrative. In other words, his canvases are simply those of an elsewhere… Worked with a palette knife, it is characterized by the richness of its impasto. The painter plays with the contrasts of light and shadow through his talents as a colourist. Thus, the colours define the reliefs by a skilful work on the complementarity of ochre and marine tones. His work is presented exclusively in the Mickaël Marciano galleries.