We Are The Painter
Ten years of abuse (and still broke) , 2014
We Are The Painters
The duo WATP lives and works between Brussels and Paris. Aurélien Porte and Nicholas Beaumelle (both born in 1981) founded this collective project in 2004 and have used it since as a basis for their respective artistic practices. Disposing of any questions of style through their anonymity within the four-handed work process, they explore the act of creation with wit and humor. Their painting (portrait and landscape) is thought out in relation to its environment and its production process as can be observed in the film Paint For Hochswechsel; a kind of making of of a painted panorama of the fore-mentioned landscape, shot in a snowy forest. WATP unleash their fantasies concerning the female form on canvases falling somewhere between blow-up sex dolls and Picasso-esque muses. WATP’s giant fishing lure floated in the Tuilleries gardens during the FIAC in 2011, they were selected as finalists for the Prix Maif in 2013 and their work is part of the collections of the MAC/VAL Museum of Contemporary Art in Vitry-sur-Seine and the CNAP National Center for Plastic Arts in Paris.