Painting is the Pattern

Pierre Roy-camille and Zio Ziegler

Jules Maeght Gallery, March 6 to May 3, 2015

 “Unpredictable, spontaneous and prolific, both of these young artists move between studio and street-art with rare skill, energy and intensity.”

Natasha Boas  


Jules Maeght, of the Fondation Maeght and Galerie Maeght, Paris, opens his second gallery show in the new Hayes Valley, San Francisco gallery entitled PAINTING IS THE PATTERN from March 7 - May 9, 2014. The title for the exhibition comes from the Francis Bacon quote: “Painting is the pattern of the nervous system being projected on canvas” and features commissioned new work by two emerging young artists. Pierre Roy-Camille from Paris and Zio Ziegler from San Francisco are known for their energetic and studied relationship to canvas and paint and for their street art and interface in the worlds of fashion and technology. Roy-Camille and Ziegler both engage in studio and street practices and create bold paintings and murals with distinct signature styles. Jules Maeght Gallery brings these artists together for the first time in a show that will transform the gallery space with a dramatic and dynamic exhibition design, murals, wall drawings and site-specific paintings.

The work of Paris-based Pierre Roy-Camille responds to the Hip-Hop, Rap and graffiti of his generation, using improvisation, sampling and collage. Roy-Camille is influenced by nineteenth century illustratorprintmakers such as Gustave Doré and aligns himself with contemporary artists such as Christopher Wool and Ed Ruscha. Roy-Camille’s main subject matter is the natural world which he interprets onto multiple surfaces such as walls, wood and canvas in order to evoke his own experience. Pierre Roy-Camille defines himself as a “producer of images,” concerning himself more with the final image itself than the specific process, medium or technique.

Pierre Roy-Camille was born in 1979 in Martinique and later moved to Paris to complete his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Roy-Camille has shown his work regularly in France since 2007, including solo shows Earth, Wind and Fire at the Since Gallery in 2012. In 2014, Roy-Camille’s solo show Surnaturels at the Foundation Clement in his native Martinique, featured a monumental series which highlighted the boundaries between reality and fantasy, science and experimentation. Says Roy-Camille, “My work engages “live” with the viewer, like in theatre. This type of interaction is much stronger than just painting on a canvas. I have a hard time defining myself as a painter. I am more like a performer, a creator of images, a magician, an “illusionist.” For Painting is the Pattern, Roy-Camille will be creating site-specific work that will include painting on the gallery storefront window.

Bay-Area native Zio Ziegler, is motivated and driven by a comprehensive knowledge of art history and philosophy, a sensitivity to the pervasiveness of technology and the ubiquity of image making. With his unstoppable zeal to mark-make, Zio Ziegler creates immersive work on multiple surfaces that is defined by a distinct palette of colors and recurring tribal and modernist motifs reminiscent of Picasso and Leger. Zeigler’s paintings and murals capture the velocity of the world around him as well as his global travels and experiences. “We live in a culture that is saturated by images, there is no such thing as an ’original’ image.” says Ziegler “I am interested in paying homage to past images and actively engaging and displacing art historical references, such as with The Raft of the Medusa, an oil painting of 1819 by the French romantic painter and lithographer Théodore Géricault that I have re-visited specifically for this exhibition. Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa not only includes a portrait of Delacroix in it and references so many other painters before him, but it influenced future painters the likes of Turner and Courbet and Manet. As a painting it is already an allegory of painting.”

Born in 1988 and raised in Mill Valley California, where he continues to work, Zio Ziegler studied at Brown University and graduated with a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2010. He has participated in several notable exhibitions, including a recent solo show Intuitivism at LeQuiVive Gallery in Oakland and the group show Drawings at Antonio Colombo Contemporary in Milan, Italy. Ziegler’s practice flourishes as much outside of the gallery as it does within. He has painted murals worldwide, and through his company Arte Sempre, has released limited edition clothing in an effort to make his work accessible to a wider audience. Ziegler’s distinct patterning can be discovered internationally in situ on buildings, walls, clothing, and custom cars” Says Ziegler, “I am not afraid of ornament and aestheticism and the weight of beauty. I think we need it more than ever in our world today.”