A drawing… a line! Meeting with Christian Lhopital
Marlène Pegliasco

No work without the drawing being at the centre of its creation. Question the figure, make recoveries Christian Lhopital surprises with floating, evanescent and dreamlike shapes. After having created a universe in immersion with “Skewed dancing” to the Drawing Lab in Paristhe artist, born in 1953 in Lyonfinds the capital of the Gauls where the Michel Descours Gallery presents a set of works emblematic of his research between happy and dramatic situations.

Marlene Pegliasco You present both well-known series and larger works in unpublished format. Why this choice?

Michel Descours GalleryThis is the first collaboration with the gallery and the first time we have presented the work of this artist. We wanted to present recent works from the last three years, while showing a formal diversity, drawing on different series. We wanted to present the newest and most recent series that no one had ever shown before. Then recent works from series opened a few years ago and which are continuing

Marlene Pegliasco: “Solitude and multitude”…Any aspects of the drawing? From the artist?

Michel Descours Gallery: The title of the exhibition and the title of the text ofAnne Giffon-Selle that we publish in the catalogue. This is consistent with the ambivalent nature of Christian Lhopital. It is indeed a way of understanding the graphic work more than the artist himself. There is often a tension between loneliness and plurality, between joyful image and hidden squeaky pattern. The multiplication of a motif into several variations, a way of working that is often repeated, is also a reason for this title.

Marlène Pegliasco: What attracts you to the work of Christian Lhopital?

Galerie Michel Descours: The fact that he has invented a very personal, singular plastic universe, which is totally his own, which stands out and which is clearly recognizable. And yet, his work is not at all monolithic, even very diverse, articulated in several types of series and practices exercised in parallel. I particularly like that. Its non-elucidable side at first sight, the fact that it is necessary to search, to pursue the glance, to linger, and that the time of the glance plays a real role to enrich the appreciation of the work. There are always details to discover, kinds of anamorphoses, observing a pattern in a certain way leads us to another pattern first hidden, then to another… This is quite fascinating.

Portrait of a draftsman:

If you were a drawing? A woman’s neck in a drawing of aAntoine Watteau

Your favorite technique? No (technical) favorites! Depending on the moods, the days, the tools, the materials at my disposal, from the simplest like a piece of pencil or coffee, to the most complex like watercolour or pastel, the range is immense.

The most unusual support? A wall, as I “discovered” it with my first mural drawing in 1999was unusual and fascinating.

“Drawing is like…”?Travel in every sense, and in every sense of the word, without a reference point, without a beacon, in complete freedom.



Christian Lhopital. Solitude and Multitudes

From April 11, 2019 to June 22, 2019

Michel Descours Gallery

44 rue Auguste-Comte 69002 LYON