Dive

19.11.16 – 14.01.17
The Galerie Sébastien Bertrand is pleased to present the first European solo exhibition of Todd Bienvenu (1980, USA). This new body of work is comprised of recent paintings Bienvenu produced in his Brooklyn studio as well as works made on site during an artist residency in Galerie Sebastien Bertrand over the past month.
Emerging first from Bienvenu's dense figurative paintings are the power and energy of his strong colors and their spontaneous movement. His paintings are resplendent, expressive and uninhibited. 
He depicts sex, tattooed rockers, beaches, alcohol, urban scenes and parties – Bienvenu’s autobiographical universe. He says that his subjects are the ones he knows (that he is living, has lived, has pulled from the web), what he finds interesting in daily life – whatever passes through his head. « Humor is honesty. The real struggle for me is to get butt naked in the paintings, to be completely vulnerable. Whatever it is that is on my mind, whatever my concerns are, I dont want to hide from ».
Though his subjects are very often burlesque, we perceive a form of underlying melancholy. Embedded within the artist's sense of humor and freewheeling paint, the paintings bear within them major and timeless existential questions.
A more profound feeling, a tragic dimension offset the apparent lightness. 
Indeed, Bienvenu speaks as much of the party as of its end. 
It is as if the profound solitude of being has been made visible, even within his most banal and “good-natured” day-to-day. Yet it is a question neither of sadness nor of resignation; it is the opposite. Todd Bienvenu’s paintings seem to tell us that everything is vain, but that absurdity diminishes neither pleasure nor wonder – quite the contrary.
La Galerie Sébastien Bertrand est heureuse de présenter la première exposition solo en Europe de Todd Bienvenu (1980, USA).
Cette nouvelle série de peintures est composée en partie de travaux récents réalisés dans son atelier de Brooklyn, mais aussi de toutes nouvelles compositions réalisées à Genève dans le cadre de sa « résidence » d’un mois à la galerie, devenue pour l’occasion son atelier temporaire.
De ses épais tableaux à l’huile émanent d’abord la force et l’énergie des couleurs vives et de sa gestuelle spontanée.
Sa peinture est grasse, empreinte d’expressionnisme, décomplexée et assumée…elle est jubilatoire.
On y trouve de façon récurrente sexe, rockeurs tatoués, plages, alcool, scènes urbaines et fêtes - l’univers autobiographique de Bienvenu. Il dit que ses sujets sont ceux qu’il connait (qu’il vit, a vécu ou trouve sur le web), ce qui lui parait intéressant dans la vie quotidienne. Ce qui lui passe par la tête. « Lhumour cest de lhonnêteté. Le vrai combat pour moi cest d’être cul-nu dans ma peinture, complètement vulnérable. Quoi quil me passe par la tête, quelles que soient mes préoccupations, je ne veux pas men cacher ».
Bien que ses sujets soient très souvent assez burlesques, on y perçoit une forme de mélancolie sous-jacente. Bienvenu a cette forme d’humilité qui l’empêche de choisir des sujets trop ouvertement politiques, mais ses peintures portent en elles-même les questions existentielles majeures et intemporelles.
L’apparente légèreté est contrebalancée par un sentiment plus profond, une dimension tragique.
C’est que Bienvenu parle autant de la fête que de sa fin.
Comme si la solitude profonde de l’être était rendue visible, même au sein de son quotidien le plus banal et « bon enfant ». Mais il ne s’agit pas de tristesse ni de démission, c’est l’inverse. Les peintures de Todd Bienvenu semblent dire que tout est vain mais que l’absurdité n’enlève rien au plaisir ni à l’émerveillement, bien au contraire.

Born in 1980 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Lives and works in New York.


Education

2006-07
New York Studio School, Master of Fine Arts Program, New York, NY 

2005     
New York Studio School, Certificate Program, New York, NY
New York Studio School, Summer Scholarship, Orvieto, Italy 

2003     
Louisiana State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Baton Rouge, LA 



Solo Exhibitions

2020     
Halcyon Days, Almine Rech, Shanghai, China

2019     
Dad Bod, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, CH

2018     
Slapstick
, Almine Rech Gallery, London, UK
Jaywalk, Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris, FR

2017     
Solo Show Artissima 2017, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Turin, Italy 
Endless Bummer, Harper’s Books, East Hampton, NY
Water Sports, Yours Mine & Ours Gallery New York, NY

2016     
Dive, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland

2015     
Exile on Bogart Street, Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

2014     
Borrowing Tomorrow’s Fun, Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 



Group Exhibitions
             
2020     
Portraits & Some Standing Figures
, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, CH
Auguries of Innocence, Fredericks and Freiser, New York, NY

2019     
Still Life: An Ongoing Story, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, CH
I love Paint, curated by Kim Dorland, Patel Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
Live Size, Slag Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2018     
Ceremonial Exhibition: Work by New Members and Recipients of Awards,
American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY
New “Bad“ Painting, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Harper's Books at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Tell Him What We Said About “Paint it Black“, Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery, Keene, NH
Paint it Black, 1 Mile Gallery, Kingston, NY

2017     
Nostalgisms, curated by Nick Benfey, Able Baker Gallery, Portand, ME 
Like, curated by Richard Kern, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
Witches And Dudes, Galleri Kant, Copenhagen, Denmark
Domestic Tranquility, 0-0, Los Angeles, CA 
SOME(BODY), Adam Baumgold, New York, NY
There is nothing I could say that I haven’t thought before, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY

2016     
Painting in New York
, Leigh Morse Fine Arts, New York, NY
Summer Show, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland 
Todd Bienvenu, Katherine Bradford, Sarah Faux, Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn, NY 
Frieze New York, curated by Katherine Bernhardt, CANADA, New York, NY 
Laughing Out Loud, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Momenta Benefit Auction, Momenta, Brooklyn, NY 
Go Figure!, Louis B. James, New York, NY 
Let’s Walk, Cuevas Tilleard, New York, NY 
Painters NYC, MUPO, Oaxaca, Mexico 
Introspective, BravinLee, New York, NY 
Fort, Ess Eff Eff, Brooklyn, NY 
Nation IV, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
All Tomorrow’s Parties, Hathaway David Contemporary, Atlanta, GA

2015     
Painters NYC, Páramo, Guadalajara, Mexico
Holiday Salon, Lesley Heller, New York
Post Hoc Ergo Proctor Hoc, Firework Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Let’s Go Away for Awhile, One Mile Gallery, Kingston, NY
Todd Bienvenu and Clintel Steed, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY 
Summer Invitational, Life on Mars, Brooklyn, NY
Mixtape II, M. David Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Paintings in Trees, People’s Garden, Brooklyn, NY
Thrice Legendary, or Forever Thens, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY
The Guston Effect, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston MA 
Long Story Short, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Lucky Draw, The Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY 
AiB Bene t 2015, Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, NY 
Life on Mars Gallery Project Space, Brooklyn, NY
New Work City, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY
Paperazzi IV, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

2014     
Back to the Future II
, Life on Mars, Brooklyn, NY
My Big Fat Painting, Brian Morris Gallery, New York, NY
Full House East, Ethan Pettit Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Full House, David Rich, St Paul, MN
Summer Invitational, Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Suggestion, that is the dream: Arshile Gorky and a selection of contemporary drawings, Outlet, Brooklyn, NY
Drawn Out, Brooklyn, NY
Legend Anew, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY
Underdonk Selects, Underdonk, Queens, NY
No Rules, Brooklyn, NY
Mixtape, No. 4 Studio Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY
AiB Bene t 2014, Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, NY
Spring Bene t, Novella, New York, NY
Sump Pumped Sentiments, curated by Matt Philips, TSA Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY 
Paparazzi 3, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Nation II At the Alamo, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

2013    
Todd Bienvenu and Gili Levy with Katherine Bradford, Valentine Gallery, Ridgewood, NY 
Painting Impossible, Life on Mars, Brooklyn, NY
Scale, Life on Mars, Brooklyn, NY
Duck, Duck, Rabbit: EJ Hauser, Todd Bienvenu and Kelly McRaven, curated by 
Mike Olin and Joy Curtis, Brooklyn, NY 
Ethan Pettit Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 
Triangle Art Bene t, Brooklyn, NY 

2012     
Art=Mixx, New York 
BOS, New York 
Team Varet, New York 
GO Brooklyn, New York

2011     
Northside Brooklyn Arts Festival, New York 

2010     
Nude With a Goose, New York 
Pretty Young Things, New York

2009     
Cinema Back Room, Public Assembly, Brooklyn, NY 
Si Ves Algo Di Algo, 345 Eldert, Brooklyn, NY
27 Group Show, Goette Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
New York Studio School Alumni Show, juried by Sean Scully, New York, NY 

2008     
BOS, Brooklyn, NY
Art Party 3, Supreme Trading, Brooklyn, NY 

2007     
Thesis Show, New York Studio School, New York
Battling Insanity With a Paintbrush, Gaelle Bertrand and Todd Bienvenu,
New York Studio School Student Gallery, New York
Girls With Guns, New York Studio School Student Gallery, New York 

2003     
Todd Bienvenu, Studio B, Little Rock, AR 



Selected Biography

2017     
DIVE, monograph published by Galerie Sébastien Bertrand and innen, 30 pp. 2017
Hutson Hunter Laura, “A Gifted Painter Fills Canvases With Whatever He Wants, Including Dog Poop“, VICE (July 5, 2017) [ill.] [online] 
Two Coast Staff, “On elephant dick: A conversation between Todd Bienvenu and Cynthia Daignault“, Two Coast of Paint (April 18, 2017) [ill.] [online] 
Christina Forrer, “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week“, The New York Times (April 13, 2017) [ill.] [online] 
Bahn, Jenny. “In the Studio with Todd Bienvenu.” alphasixty (February 8, 2017) [ill.] [online] 

2016     
Neuendorf, Henri. “10 Emerging Artists to Keep on Your Radar“. Artnet News, (November 21, 2016) [ill.] [online]
Martinique, Elena. “Cuevas Tilleard Welcomes a Group of Diverse Artists Exploring Figurative Art.”WIDEWALLS.ch (March 18, 2016) [ill.] [online]
New American Paintings #122. (February / March)
Burns, Emily. “Q&A with Todd Bienvenu.” Maake Magazine [ill.] [online]

2015     
Keeting, Zachary. “Todd Bienvenu at Life on Mars, Nov 2015.”
Gorky’s Granddaughter (November 21, 2015) [ill.] [online]
Ebony, David. “David Ebony’s Top Ten New York Gallery Shows for October.” Artnet news (October 23, 2015) [ill.] [online]
Micchelli, Thomas. “The Other Side of Portraiture.” Hyperallergic (July 11, 2015) [ill.] [online] 
Sutton, Benjamin. “Making Sense of Painting That Tells Snippets of Stories.” Hyperallergic (April 15, 2015) [ill.] [online] 
Mylott Manning, Laura. “Interview with Painter Todd Bienvenu.” Artefuse (April 29, 2015) [ill.] [online] 
Rickert, Rachel. “Todd Bienvenu: Alumni Spotlight Interview.” The New York Studio School Blog (October 14, 2015) [ill.] [online]
“Iron & Wine ad Ben Bridwell.” Philadelphia City Paper (June, 2015) [online] 

2014     
Vartanian, Hrag. “Your Concise Guide to 2014 Bushwick Open Studios.” Hyperallergic (May 28,2014) [online]
Munro, Cait. “New York Gallery Beat: Summer Drawing Shows.” Artnet (June 28, 2014) [online] 
“The Best of Brooklyn: The 100 Best and Worst Things to Happen This Year.” The L Magazine (July 30, 2014) [online]
Edmonds, Brian. “A Conversation with Todd Bienvenu.” Figure/Ground (August 1,2014) [online] 
Schwendener, Martha. “Chasing a Dream and an Unalloyed Ethos: A Critic’s Picks in Brooklyn, an Embattled Utopia.” The New York Times (April 3,2014) [ill.]
Sutton, Benjamin. “Yes, More Brooklyn Gallerists You Need to Know.” Artnet (March 5,2014) [online]
Samet, Jennifer. “Beer with a Painter: Todd Bienvenu.” Hyperallergic (September 27, 2014) [ill.] [online] 

2013     
Kirsch, Corrina. “Week One: Overrated, Underrated Exhibitions.” Art F City (Nov. 5, 2013) [ill.] [online] 
Egan, H.P. “Bushwick Open Studios 2013.” Art Observed (June 6, 2013) [ill.][online]
D’Agostino, Paul. “Brooklyn Art in 2013: What to Watch.” The L Magazine (January 2, 2013) [online] 
Mair, Moray. “Todd Bienvenu’s Paintings Are of A Dirty Voodoo World.” Mutantspace (September 30,2013) [ill.] [online]

2012     
Butler, Sharon. “Brooklyn Museum Go: Bushwick short list.” Two Coats of Paint (Aug.21, 2012) [ill.] [online] 

2011     
Vartanian, Hrag. “A Hot and Colorful Day on the Northside.” Hyperallergic (June 23, 2011) [ill.] [online] 
Sutton, Benjamin. “Northside Photos: India Street Arts Festival and Day Two of Northside Open Studios.” The L Magazine (June 20, 2011) [ill.] [online]