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Well of Daylight
Reservoire -1994

Well of Daylight
The Tree - 1994

      From a series of 'chamber works' such as these, Poumeyrol moved on to darker enclosures where any sign of humanity had long since left. Only the changes of the seasons, such as his 1994 series The Wells of Daylight, offer faint signs of movement, life and transformation. Here, movement comes from the different lights of the seasons that pour into the well.
      At present, Poumeyrol lives in Pau in the Pyranees, not far from Jean-Pierre Ugarte (indeed, the two have often exhibited together). His perspective has evolved once more, and his latest works offer more open spaces such as fishermans' huts and shorelines.
      At first glance, these may not seem to be 'visionary' at all. But, when considered in the context of his oeuvre, undeniable signs of continuity are present. The sailboat, for example, which the prisoner of Hope left half-built in his cell now appears on the open waters, a reality undreamed of.




 
 
 


PARIS - FALL 2004


Well of Daylight
The Fire - 1994
Well of Daylight
The Snow - 1994

      And the artist himself continues to wander the shores, seeking those signs which trigger his own lost memories:

      "After wandering long and alone" he recently wrote "through mysterious interiors, I managed to emerge into the outside world. Once again, a rich flow of memories revealed to me new paintings. I rediscovered in my mind those spaces which had fascinated me once before.
      "These were born through a series of quick sketches, or else, from drawings made from memory (a little uncertain perhaps) where certain details survived with almost photographic precision. The passage of time makes the memory more selective, discarding all excess in order to reconstruct the most essential and meaningful."
(71)


 
 
 


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