Guillaume Bresson’s residency had been planned to include workshops at the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (ICA LA), Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), and Ramon C. Cortines High School. Before social distancing measures were put in place, he was able to hold one workshop with HOLA. The others were readapted to allow students to participate virtually, with their projects presented online through Zoom and on our website.
Guillaume Bresson questions the notions of scene-setting and narration in painting. His work recalls the tradition of narrative, figurative painting while also subverting it with both personal and cultural references, as well as depictions of minimal and theatrical urban settings. His paintings oscillate between an apparent desire for visual realism and a contemplative ideal, resulting in a complex and imaginary temporality in which the past reinvents the present of painting.