Né en 1971  Didier Mutel a très jeune été fasciné, attiré par le dessin puis la gravure. Diplômé de l’Ecole Supérieure Estienne  de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris il poursuit son cursus à l’Atelier National de Creation Typographique en investissant le champ du livre d’artiste, des procédés techniques traditionnels et de leur réaffirmation dans l’espace de création contemporain. Au travers d’une pratique de gravure personnelle il soulève des questions telles que : Quel sens,quelle validité/potentialité à une technique ancestrale aujourd’hui? Qu’est ce que cela veut dire que de graver ? Pourquoi, comment ? Au delà d’une contemplation formelle, comment projeter et créer des liens entre ces techniques séculaires et le monde contemporain, quelle est la validité de cette action ? Quelles nouvelles perspectives peuvent être développées ? Cette ré-initialisation formelle et conceptuelle doit permettre de redéfinir de nouveaux processus de fonctionnement et de nouveaux paradigmes esthétiques dans le champ de la gravure contemporaine.

Membre des Grands Ateliers de France, Didier Mutel enseigne depuis 2003 à l’Institut Supérieur des Beaux Arts de Besançon et est régulièrement invité par des grandes universités américaines pour donner des conférences. Il a été nommé Maître d’art en novembre 2013.

 

Born in 1971 Didier Mutel has been fascinated and involved into the artistic field for a very long time, and mainly into engraving. In 1986 he entered the Estienne school in Paris where he learned traditional and academic techniques, burins, aquafortis, lettering, bookbinding etc…  In 1988, he joined Pierre Lallier in the « Atelier Leblanc », the oldest engraving studio in Paris, founded in 1793. In 1991,he produced and exhibited in several Galleries his first artist book : Oiseaux. Since then, he has produced as many as 50 artist books. His works always explores traditional techniques and contemporary ways to link them. In 2008 the Atelier Leblanc’s rental contract was terminated and Pierre Lallier transmitted to Didier Mutel the historical studio to be re-located. The opening will be the 30th of may 2014. 

Member of the Grands Ateliers de France, Didier Mutel is teaching since 2003 at  the Institut Supérieur des Beaux Arts of Besançon and is regularly invited by American universities for presentations and special courses. He has been rewarded with the prestigious title of Maître d’art in November 2013.

 

My way / Démarche

In 1793, during the French Revolution, an atelier (workshop) was formed that would survive time and become mine in 2008. Since its creation, the atelier has been an important place for etching in France. It was located in the heart of Paris until its closure due to financial constraints in 2008. With my inheritance of a great collection of presses, tools, and history, I believed that the atelier could continue through a re-opening. It is now the last surviving atelier in France from the 18th century.

By continuing the atelier in a new location I want to push the boundaries of the field of etching. Through artist books, I am trying to answer questions from our time for instance:

  • How to create links to reassert this technique in the contemporary artistic field?
  • Can new perspectives be re-imagined from an ancient medium?
  • Is it possible to link cutting-edge technology and techniques of the past?

Through twenty years of creations, with etchings, artist books, experiments, performances, I want to experiment and illustrate new ways to redefine these techniques but I will also drive the revival of a great studio

 

CV

  • Né en 1971 / Born in 1971
  • Travaille à Paris et dans le Jura / Works in Paris and in the Jura, East of France

 

Education/ecoles

  • École Supérieure Estienne
  • École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris
  • Atelier National de Creation Typographique
  • Atelier Georges Leblanc next to Pierre Lallier

 

Awards/prix

  • Nommé Maitre d’art en novembre 2013 à Paris
  • Grand prix des métiers d’art de la ville de Paris
  • Prix du Salon d’automne pour les livres d’artiste
  • Walter Tiemann Prize, Leipzig, Germany
  • Villa Medici, formerly  called « Prix de Rome » French academy in Rome

 

Main works/principales œuvres

  • Oiseaux, 40 croquis gravés
  • Oiseaux, by Saint John Perse
  • Amok ou le fou de Malaisie, by Stefan Zweig
  • Lettre d’une inconnue, by Stefan Zweig
  • The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and mister Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Le cas étrange du D. Jekyll et de M. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka
  • Le murmure, by Francis Ponge
  • Gradiva, by Andrea Dotti
  • Mummy, Mummies, by Alain Fleisher
  • Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
  • Through the looking glass, by Lewis Carroll
  • 2003, 4 speeches by G. W. Bush
  • Un coup de dés, by Stephane Mallarmé
  • The outside project, by Guy de Maupassant
  • The forbes simulachres
  • Johan Sebastian Bach, sechs präluden für Violoncelle solo
  • The description of Egypt, by Didier Mutel
  • My way, Didier Mutel

 

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