Michaël Jourdet was born the Parisian suburb of Blanc Mesnil in 1980 and now works and lives northeast of Paris in Pantin. After obtaining a BFA degree at Paris Sorbonne, he entered the Ecole Supérieure d’Arts de Rueil-Malmaison. There, he followed classes taught by Claude Rutault and discovered texts from Kazimir Malevich; two major encounters for the development of his artistic work. After graduating in 2003, Michaël joined Annette Messager’s studio at l’Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He then studied one year in Barcelona and received honors from the jury. He regularly shows in galleries throughout Paris and France since 2008. He also developed an interest in curating works, most notably at Jeune Création from 2011 to 2013.


A matte painting is a painted representation of a landscape or set used by filmmakers to create the illusion of an environment that would be too expensive to build or film on location. Traditionally, artists use paint or pastels on large sheets of glass to be integrated with the live-action footage. The Abstract matte painting replaces these figurative paintings with abstract compositions, deceiving the eye. The video sequence obtained is then looped and projected on a monochromatic white canvas.



The Abstract matte paintings are no longer videos that contain paintings, but exposed paintings, shown through the media of video. The cinematographic element, the part of the film that stays on the screen, is secondary compared to the pictorial composition. The painting occupies the majority of the surface. A dialogue of the character (film) and the color (painting) is the objective of the proposal.

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