Paintings by Gilles Capton are powerful. The themes of his
paintings as well as the technique Gilles masters are strong and captivating.
Capton uses oil paint on canvass.
Gilles Capton mostly paints animals, above all bulls and
cows. However, he also uses the male figure as medium to represent the struggle
between nature and civilisation. In his work the force of nature is represented
by his cattle portraits, animals which command enormous respect for their natural
power and agility but yet have also been a pivotal part of our civil life for
much of the evolution of mankind.
In Gilles paintings of male figures, he captures this paradox
of nature versus civilisation in a reverse way, where the strength of mileniums of civilistion contrasts
with the stark power of nature. He depicts his models using natural objects as
decoration or clothing, which enforces the idea that nature and civilisation
are opposites and yet so closely related.
The use of claire/obscure also strengthens the feel of contrast
between nature and civilisation. Bathing in beautiful lightfall, Gillesí models
escape from obscurity of darkness, the chaos which mankind battles to replace
with orderly society and an understanding of beauty.
The mere fact that Capton paints scenes so related to nature
creates a fascinating contradiction. The technicallity of panting, the use of
clair/obscure and abstraction of emotion is the ultimate contrast between
civilisation and nature.
Gilles Capton (1961) went to the Académie des Beaux Arts in
Orleans, France. Captonís work is part
of many private collections, mainly in France.