La racine, 2008
Born in 1961 in Roubaix, Philippe Mayaux lives in Montreuil. He works principally in sculpture and painting (tempera). His oeuvre is in turn ambivalent, hallucinatory, libidinous and quarrelsome; monstrously pop, joyously cynical and vulgarly erudite. It is spread in thick layers or put together in voluntarily dripping, scabrous assemblies. After winning the Duchamps prize in 2006, he exhibited shocking pink vulvas and brains covered in Béarnaise sauce at the Pompidou Centre. His ?weapons? neutralised in modelling clay, resemble a dentist?s shop window; the cosmos (infinity) is revealed between two slices of bread. His chosen subjects and colours attract the eye, recycling the violence of his vision with morbidly obscene vitality. His work can be found in the collections of the FNAC and the Pompidou Centre in Paris as well as the MAMCO in Geneva.