Quentin Fromont: mythology, desire and the coast

At the intersection of plastic and visual art, Quentin Fromont imagines a faithful story fed by painting, mythology and strange eroticism. A collection of royalty-free images and remastered screenshots that honor love and nature.

In Quentin Fromont’s paintings, naked bodies blend into seascapes, and reality is forgotten in front of the painting, as if the viscerality of the world, its sensitivity and beauty are filtered through clichés. It was as if effusions of rapprochement, resonances between man and nature appeared in the form of colored stripes, coming out of the frames and pressing the boundaries of the photographic medium.

It was at Decorative Arts in Paris that the visual artist and exhibition curator cut his teeth learning about illustration, photography, video, text and installation. The versatility he has been developing for some time. “Always having the feeling of not taking advantage of life’s moments, I started documenting my daily life. Very quickly I felt the need to take other shots than my iPhone or boxes. Constantly surrounded by images, the fantasy that could provoke the fact of reviewing the memories of life’s moments in me died. That’s why I decided to paint on video screens and royalty-free image banks », he says. A great reader, Quentin Fromont also places special emphasis on the story and allows it to appear intuitive as the visuals are created. A collection of echoes of mythologies that challenge him and highlight his creative unconscious. “I like to move from the abstract to the vague and the real. It allows me to create that layer of mystery and poetry that I usually attach to my stories.”he says.





Paint the works with a faithful shade

In the center of these stories, two main themes are expressed: the beauty of the body and the beauty of the ribs. Playing with eroticism and queer pornography, the artist explores envy, desire, fatigue, never mind. “crossing the frontal barrier”. “I work sensitively on my series. Sensitivity allows me to add to the fantasy, to the imaginations they create.”, he explains. A multitude of sensual creations fueled by various influences. Painting, above all, is a medium whose richness never ceases to amaze Quentin Fromont. Pilgrimage to the island of Cythera for example, by Antoine Watteau, produced in 1717, he takes the myth of this island dedicated to carnal pleasures – the interpretation of the story of Hyacinth and Apollo”, he says. Also, the plastic experiments that he attached to the landscapes that he especially liked: “While working on the coast, I found it interesting to go towards a creative process that requires water, transfer, different layers of time, drying and stages” the author explains. Finally, and in a more contemporary way, the LGBTQIA+ community and the stereotypes it fights form the background of his images. Sexuality is considered a taboo, dangerous act, cruelty in squatting in other people’s heata project about sexual harassment on a beach cruise (open-air picnic area, editor’s note) – the distinctions are superficial, coloring the works with faithful nuance.

Touch the love codes

There is, however, a certain purity to Quentin Fromont’s gesture. The ideal to which he aspires softens his creativity. Because a visual artist is able to build a complex fantasy-driven world by multiplying effects and printing techniques, stories and themes. An elegant eroticism that can be more predictable than necessary, found in the forms of natural elements – sometimes phallic – vaporous bodies that emerge from colorful inks. As a call to worship beauty, away from preconceived notions that bind the mind. “My work comes to explain dominant ideas about masculinity, violence in homosexual relationships, and outsiders through the lens of fiction. However, I relate it to ancient Greek myths, reviving narratives based on love codes », – says the photographer. From the couple’s ephemeral embrace one evening, to their delicious dip in the cool water of the sea in the middle of summer, stamping the sun-tanned skin of the embracing arms with drops of water, Quentin Fromont finally writes a passionate and unusual letter to the bodies that adore each other. To those who represent love in the broadest sense, to those who dream of erotic wanderings that have stood the test of reality and time.


© Quentin Fromont



© Quentin Fromont



© Quentin Fromont



© Quentin Fromont


© Quentin Fromont

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