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He is a French visual artist who lives and works in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Maxime Ansiau’s approach supports a double quest, the desire to reveal the hidden beauty of the objects which surround us and the search for meaning. His creations suggest a delicate evocation, a subtle logic, which is the connivance between the subject and the material.
Guided by his aspirations and discoveries, Maxime Ansiau never stops working the material, of any kind. The Kant’s quotation "Give me the material only, and I shall build you a world" applies perfectly to his artistic approach of which the exploratory appetite has already led him to deal with glass, ceramic, linoleum, plastic, cardboard and paper.
Using as a pallete the range of effects and colors of the raw material chosen, Maxime Ansiau creates pictorial solutions with optical diversions which lead the raw material back to its origin. Thus, he establishes a logic pattern between form and content. Through analogy, he questions our relationship to our environment.
2010-2011 - from the Growth Rings series Using effects and colors range of the raw material chosen as a pallet, Maxime Ansiau creates pictorial solutions offering optical misappropriations which take this raw material back to its origins: the tree. Thus, he establishes a logic between the material and the subject. engraved wood linoleum around 170cm of diameter Photo credit © Maxime Ansiau
2008-2009 This series questions the enormous production and consumption of toys and games which are reflected in our waste. The work basis follows the finding of miniature racing circuits of another age which remind strongly to Maxime Ansiau the frame which is thus defined. The pictorial content represents controlled, geometrical and flat Dutch landscapes, because conceived by human. Plastic miniature racing circuits by Ministeck Photo credit © Maxime Ansiau
2014 - from the Crystal Clear series Born of a new desire, to shape mirrors by recomposing the crystalline architecture, these creations play illusions to question our perceptions. Craft mirrors (made in italy) of varied tints digitally cut, aluminium support between 50cm2 and 250cm2 Photo credit © Maxime Ansiau
2006-2014 - from Packaging series According to his desire for lightness and painting, Maxime Ansiau seizes graphic richness of a material without any artistic pretentiousness but rich in forms and colors: the packaging. The visual, material and conceptual logic of its compositions is completed by the frame of compact white foam. Every packaging calls new creations inspired by scenes of everyday life. Cardboard, paper, foam... 21x21cm, 32x46cm, 42x52cm Photo credit © Maxime Ansiau
2012-2014 - from the Connection series Thanks to a collection of more than 3000 photos taken with his compact camera which he never leaves, he uses the public place as an immense pallet, an endless source of inspiration. Like veins and arteries of our urban planning, these pipes, carriers of gas, water, electricity, are vital to us. By his photomontages, he reveals their importance and their enormous artistic potential. Mounted photos Photo credit © Maxime Ansiau
2006-2014 - from Packaging series According to his desire for lightness and painting, Maxime Ansiau seizes graphic richness of a material without any artistic pretentiousness but rich in forms and colors: the packaging. The visual, material and conceptual logic of its compositions is completed by the frame of compact white foam. Every packaging calls new creations inspired by scenes of everyday life. Cardboard, paper, foam... Photo credit © Maxime Ansiau
2007-2012 - from the Plates Multidish series Among an eclectic collection of dishes gathered for his project Recycled Restaurant, Maxime Ansiau noticed some pale imitations of the traditional 'Blue of Delft'. Using these dishes as a base, he emphasizes, in the horizontal dishes, flat nature and width of the Dutch landscapes and modernizes, in the vertical dishes, the architectural models. Transfert on ceramic 129 x 33,5 cm Photo credit © Maxime Ansiau
2012-2013 Starting from a reflection on polar bear, its housing environment and its slow disappearance, this artwork is a visualization of an ecological phenomenon of our time. Maxime Ansiau tries to establish a logic, a link between the subject and its support: the animal represented by a subtle and little deep, monochrome and almost invisible engraving, almost disappears from the surface. Unique edition 25 engraved synthetic white trays 380 x 290 cm Photo credit © Maxime Ansiau
2009 Pursuing his explorations on our toys production and consumption, Maxime Ansiau is interested in the tree. Source of life, inspiration, energy and wealth, its use by human has important ecological consequences. He thus chose 'dangerous' toys (lead painting), with weak educational aspect or of lower quality having an undeniable visual richness. Plastic toys and plexiglas frame 90 x 65 x 15 cm Photo credit © Maxime Ansiau