He studied goldsmith’s art at Ecole des arts in Paris 1948-1951 and after a short passage at Ecole des Beaux Arts he decided to devote himself to painting. He became one of the artists in the Art Narratif Movement just like Valerio Adami, Peter Klasen and Erró, also represented by Galleri GKM.
Already in his very first paintings he chose figuration and soon he became a painter of fragments. His characters reflect an intensity of their prescence, appearing only by parts of the body: a leg, a shoulder, a neck, a chest, a hand… The themes are chosen from photos shot by the artist himself. With his eye for details and his personal manner of assembling fragments of images, he cuts out parts from different photos and recreates intimate moments of everyday life, insinuating a story that takes place outside the frame. The scenes are often painted on sandblasted canvas.
Gérard Schlosser doesn’t want to be considered a ”realist painter” but he is definitely a painter of reality.
The titles of his works reveal the individual stories of his chararcters. The title becomes the written part of the painting, a mental extension of the work which permits the spectator to go beyond the image towards an assumed elsewhere.
Some of Schlosser’s paintings reflect artists who are dear to him. In one of his series he seems to have put himself in a game of mirrors presenting from behind his characters watching paintings by Fernand Léger. In front of the master of Modernism they question themselves and at the same time us, the spectators, and thus the painting offers a moment of self-reflection.
Gérard Schlosser progresses constantly in his reinvention of the image and each of his series tells us a story which touches our sensibility and imagination deep down.