Recent works by French comics artist Georges Bess are the subject of the latest exhibition at Philippe Labaune Gallery in New York City. Dedicated to art by sequential storytellers (“comic book artists”), the space opened its doors earlier this year with a show paying tribute to Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo.
“Georges Bess: Tale of Unrealism” opened on September 9, and continues through October 5. The gallery is located on the ground floor of 534 West 24th Street, in Chelsea.
“Bess breaks away from the parameters of the book, creating ornate worlds originating from a single page that he expands upon intuitively, in a trance-like state of drawing,” the Labaune gallery literature explains. “Bess takes an approach akin to jazz improvisation. By beginning from a single mark on paper sprung from free association, a multi-paneled universe is forged. Bess approaches the work as a form of meditation where images are allowed to be born, morphed, or be held without consequence; to create a singular expression in its totality. The artist fills his drawings with details culled from cultures of Asia, baroque ornamentation, and bursts of flowering vegetation. In a style that Bess coins as naturalistic abstraction, the results appear to be suspended microcosms, brimming with a life of their own.”
Among the images you’ll find tributes to The Scream by Edvard Munch and the western comic Blueberry by Moebius, whom Bess counted as a good friend. The Moebius piece is mural-sized, measuring 12′ x 6′.
Also on display at the gallery are selected pages of Bram Stoker Dracula, Bess’ acclaimed 2018 adaptation of the horror classic, as well as pages of Bess’ art from The White Lama, a series penned by Jodorowsky.
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The next exhibit at Philippe Labaune Gallery, opening October 9, will focus on works by Ranxerox creator/artist and longtime Heavy Metal contributor Tanino Liberatore.