Assemblage de chiffons and plastic objets on canvas,signed,titled and dated on the reverse., 1988, cm 50 x 50

Galleria Peccolo, Livorno

- Musée Cartier Paris

- -Catalogue of the museum Cartier 'Homo accessorius', Paris March 1998

Locke - Look (A 0041)

His first exhibition took place in 1955 at the Gallery Fachetti in Paris. At this time he abandoned oil painting, which he said lacks flexibility, and turned to collages, incorporating pictures of items from the Manufrance catalog. In 1957, he exhibited, at the Galerie du Haut Pave in Paris, his first paintings made of rags and pleating that announced New Realism. In November 1957, he was sent to Algeria for 27 months, where he took part in the famous 1958 counter-attack and the operation "jumelles". Released in 1960, he met Raymond Hains and Jacques Villeglé and officially joined the New Realist group in 1961, a year after its official founding. With pleating, he wanted to renovate the excesses of tissue, which he said "were the guardians of the breath of art to the West, even in periods of decline. Indeed, what would be the victory of Samothrace without his thin wetted coat that made it the ancestor of compressed cars, the ultimate creation that was inspired to me by my lack of financial means". He specialized in rags, female underwear, found at a rag called Chatton. These cloths, then industrial Japanese tissues, were invading his workshops at La Châtre and Rue Gambetta in Paris. His compositions containing female underwear – for example "le Rose de la Vie", a blend of predominantly pink panties, corsets, bras, girdles and garters – caused him to be censored several times. In 1961, he found a new mine: U.S. Army tarps with fluorescent colors. He also worked on rags from Japanese and Belgian advertising as well as sheets of plastic kitchenware patchworks. In the same period, he used armor plates and metal enclosures that served to isolate the aircraft engines, marked by iridescent heat. In 1965, developing his military metaphors, he created the "bananas", made of folded and colored wire, which can be up to 8 meters long and remind strips military decorations. He invented the moiré patterns by overlapping metal grids. In 1970, as he disagreed with the Parisian art world, Gerard Deschamps moved to La Châtre, home of his grandparents. His creative activity is ongoing, as will again be shown regularly since 1978 in exhibitions and galleries in Paris and abroad. By 1980, Deschamps gave his vision of a leisure society, with his playful outfits, made of assemblies of swimwear, balloons, skateboards and surfboards, which may bring Pop Art to mind. In the 1990s, he created colorful beach ball blends packed in nets, and then, in 2001, skateboards. Finally he presented his recent Pneumostructures, which are assemblies, or not, of buoys, inflatable air mattresses, or other objects related to a child's imagination.

One Artist Exibition :
1955: Galerie Fachetti, Parigi
1957: Galerie Colette Allendy, Parigi
1962: Galerie J di Parigi, Galerie Ursula Girardon, Parigi
1963: Galleria Appolinaire, Milano
1964: Galerie Firenze Houston Brown, Parigi
1965: Galerie Ad libidum, Anvers
1966: Galleria L'Elefante, Venise
1979: Galerie Dominique Marche, Chateauroux
1988: Galerie Le Gall Peyroulet, Parigi
1990: Galerie Le Gall Peyroulet, Parigi
1991: Galerie Le Gall Peyroulet, Parigi
1993: Galerie Der Spiegel, Colonia
1998: Fondation Cartier, Parigi
1998: Galerie de La Châtre, Parigi
2000: Galerie de La Châtre, Parigi
2002: Galleria Peccolo di Livorno
2002: Galerie de La Châtre, Parigi
2003: Musée de l'Hospice San Rocco, Issoudun
2004: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dole
2005: Château d'Ars La Châtre, Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Orléans
2006: Le Safran Amiens
2007: Galerie de La Châtre, Parigi
2008: Musée des Arts Décoratifs di Parigi
2009: "Châteauroue", manifestazione d'art contemporain à Châteauroux
2009: "mostra personale" FIAC di Parigi Galerie Martine et Thibaul de La Châtre

Gerard* Deschamps