Laurent Dauptain
His landscapes and portraits of young adolescents as well as those of his masters – Rembrandt and Velasquez – reveal a desire to strip away the anecdotal to focus on the essence, an astonishingly precise visual diary of being, which he seems to know intimately. In short, it is important to Dauptain that the portrait resembles the model and not the reverse! Unlike selfies, his painting is not limited to a superficial image, but is “an imprint of experience over time” (Rene Huyghe).