Size: 20"W x 24"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
I think every generation has an acting talent who has something different, with preternatural ability to hit a cord with an audience in way that is more profound than his peers. For my generation , that was River Phoenix. He had a seriousness,and subtlety in his approach to work, a vegan approach to life and unbridled enthusiasm for environmental causes that is the norm for young Hollywood now but was unheard of back then. In a way he set the stage for Leo DiCaprio,James Franco,Brad Pitt ,Matt Damon,Heath Ledger; a certain archetype of the actor who uses his notoriety to effect social and environmental change. A humanist. An environmentalist and a real artist.
My name is Jean-Philippe Boucicaut. I am painter/photographer born in NYC to parents of Haitian and Corsican descent. My father is a respected documentary film maker and my mother is a painter,both my grandfathers were photographers, mom's cousin is Regine Chassagne of the band Arcade Fire and dad's cousin was Jean-Michel Basquiat. There are classical musicians,chefs, filmmakers and writers in my family and fortunately everyone was encouraged to pursue whatever they were good at. I started drawing at 7 and got my first camera at 11. Donna Karan gave me my first profession job in the arts at 21 as a junior design asst at her Menswear Collection. After a couple of years there I returned to my first loves of painting and photography. They always seemed to be two separate fields and they are in many ways:one being solitary and internal another being more social and interactive. Portraits and faces in general have always fascinated me and so when I started shooting photographs, I began by testing new faces at some of the NY and London modelling agencies.It was a natural progression from painting faces. The current direction of my work is the blending of painting and photography and the blending of painting and sculpture. I spend my time between NY and Los Angeles.