Size: 40"W x 30"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
To Rise it Must First Burn is number four in a ten piece collection entitled An Elegant Collision. The theme behind this collection is the universal order behind breakdown or chaos ,and the natural correcting of what may appear to be destruction. This piece just so embodies a phoenix and it's birth.. where the chaos and it's aftermath gathers itself together with a single purpose..to Rise. The original piece is 44 inches x 60 inches and is paint and collage on canvas.
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.