Charles Laib Bitton started his career as an interior, furniture designer, a practice that enabled him to grasp the issue of space – from scientific and artistic standpoints alike – as he sought to achieve the combination of linear aspects and proportions. A rigorous and meticulous artist, he experiments on drawing as a means of creating other linear spaces, in this case on plane surfaces, paper or wood. Using simple materials – like inks, charcoal, adhesive tape or even paint – the artist’s imagination transports him, leading him to construct intricate as well as minimalistic drawings.
Charles Laib Bitton’s artistic process never stops reinventing and refining itself in accordance with his inspiration, as he moves from town to town: New York, Berlin, Brussels, London, Copenhagen, and now Vienna.
By exploring the material possibilities of oils, collages and gravures, the artist moves towards a new aesthetic based on density, materials and texture, increasing or decreasing the relief on a surface, understanding the rigours of the straight line, and seeking a new balance between shape, colour and Nature.
The apparently simple composition encourages onlookers to accustom themselves to the works of the artist. Such a personal freedom is essential for Charles Laib Bitton who restrains from using text, thus preserving an atypical relationship between the onlooker and the artwork’s composition.
I told you when I came I was stranger, Irène Laub Gallery, Brussels (BE)
Romantic Imagism, Galerie Virginie Louvet, Paris (FR)
L’Eveil Passager, ASFAP Gallery, Brussels (BE)
Abstract Memories of a Belgian Mind, PS Greta Marta, Brussels (BE)
50 Works on Paper, BOS 2013, Brooklyn, NY
Abstrakte Malerei – Rundgang, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (AT)
Strudel Objekte, New Jörg, Vienna
The Collection, Feizi Gallery, Brussels (BE)
Obscur Clarté, cur. David Rosenberg, Bastille Design Center, Paris (FR)
Beast and Bodies, Schema Projects, Brooklyn (USA)
Portraits of Fern, Norte Maar, Brooklyn (USA)
Color, cur. by Brooke Kamin Rapaport, BWAC, Brooklyn (USA)
Fall show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn (USA)
Art on paper, Brussels (BE)
Yia Art Fair, Brussels (BE)
“La confidentielle” of Yia Art Fair, cur. by David Rosenberg, Paris (FR)
Hafnarborg Museum, Iceland (IS)
Kala Art Institute, Berkeley (USA)
Amager Strand, Copenhagen (DK)
ASFAP Gallery, Brussels (BE)
Kala Art Institute
Severals private collections