A recent and on-going project, Skateroom, Axel presents his work as custom skateboards and in 2021 he collaborated with the charity Make Life Skate Life in support of their successful campaign to build the first skate park in Lebanon.
The Snoubar Skatepark project is a collaborative effort that has built and continues to sustain a free-of-charge community skatepark in an urban park in the centre of Beirut. The initiative helps underprivileged youth, focusing on increasing their resilience and psychosocial well-being through skateboarding.
PMMA Multi-Layered Acrylic Glass Skateboard deck
Overall size: 80cm x 20cm (31.5" x 8")
About the Artist
Axel is a visual artist based in Dubai. He was born in French Caribbean Guadeloupe and has previously lived and worked in Paris and New York. Axel is a painter working with diverse elements of collage, calligraphic gesture and dripped and sprayed paint. His compositions incorporate open colour block and more intricate, dense, pattern-based structures. Created through attention to meditative thinking, spontaneity and unconscious action, at times his work also incorporates strong emotional impetus.
Axel’s works are an interplay between kaleidoscopic, dynamic patterns and controlled colour palettes, bringing together logic and feeling. He recognizes the importance of repetitive action within his painting, as an emotional and sensual process where he is led by, and working with, a compulsion to create.
Central to Axel’s vision is a deep-rooted natural inclination to manifest soulful expression, creating a visual language for a very personal, internalized experience of imaginative thought and cascades of human emotion. Axel is drawn to painting as a way to process experiences and ideas, seeing it as an ultimately regenerative process. He tries to retain a degree of natural and childlike, uninhibited expression, thinking of his process as a conduit for emotion and human experience.
His prints and skateboard works are microcosms of the larger painted pieces, capturing graphic and dynamic details that have an additional layer of abstraction while still retaining the fluidity of the drawn gesture in their line.
He is inspired by his location of Dubai, a city with an extensive multi-cultural identity. Abstract Expressionism, including the dripped paintings of Jackson Pollock, and late- modernist, anti-figurative works such as those by Pierre Soulages, are reference points. Studies of art history as a child and in parallel with his university education have provided a solid grounding to his creative inspiration.
Previous solo exhibitions: Malakoff, Maison des Arts, Malakoff, 2020; Art & Tattoo, Copains comme Cochons, Paris, 2019; and Bulle Ouverte, Le 45 Tours Paris, 2019, which has an accompanying publication. Recent group exhibitions include at Krystel Ann Art Gallery, Portugal, 2021; Rendez-vous à Saint-Briac, Galerie des petits carreaux, Saint-Briac, 2019; and Les nuits des arènes, Arènes Lutèce, 2019.