Bernard Frize


*1949 in Saint Mandé, France
Lives in
Paris and Berlin
Works with

One imagines that in the infamous chess battle between the Deep Blue computer and Garry Kasparov, Frize was on the side of the machine. In his paintings the artist has consistently attempted to remove as much authorial voice from the work as possible, exercising an almost machine-like painterly process in which Frize merely lays down the rules of engagement. Take for instance, Suite au Rouleau, a series of paintings from 1994. The prescribed action was: a different colour was to be applied to a canvas with a roller, each mark made at forty-five degree angle clockwise to the one that preceded it.

Frize says of this style of working, first developed in the 1970s and which continues today, 'there should be nothing to distinguish what I was doing from a labourer's or craftsman's work'. There is nothing workmanlike or mechanical about the end result however. Instead, despite the regimented manner of their creation, Frize's paintings display a sense of exuberance and joy.