Philippe Cognée

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Philippe Cognée was born in 1957 in Nantes, France, where he lives and works. His paintings use wax that is heated and crushed, producing a blurred effect and raising questions such as the thinning away of the image and the human condition in the light of humans’ relationship to their urban environment. The artist draws inspiration from photos and videos of elements such as motorways, buildings and aerial shots. His work questions the role of art in a society where new digital technologies have ushered in the era of the image, both omnipresent and diminished.










  • House in Brasilia I, 2013
    Wax painting on canvas
    153 x 225 cm
    60 1/4 x 88 5/8 in.



  • Hyper Density 5, 2016
    Wax painting on canvas
    200 x 200 cm
    78 3/4 x 78 3/4 in.



  • Hyper Density 3, 2016
    Wax painting on canvas
    200 x 200 cm
    78 3/4 x 78 3/4 in.



  • IREN, 2016
    Wax painting on canvas
    130 x 162 cm
    51 1/8 x 63 3/4 in.



  • The digital city, 2016
    Wax painting on canvas
    180 x 210 cm
    70 7/8 x 82 5/8 in.



  • Busan, vertical composition, 2015
    Wax painting on canvas
    150 x 200 cm
    59 x 78 3/4 in.



  • Crowd, 2015
    Wax painting on canvas
    130 x 195 cm
    51 1/8 x 76 3/4 in.



  • As dense as a forest, 2015
    Wax painting on canvas
    153 x 200 cm
    60 1/4 x 78 3/4 in.



  • Wintry mist, 2015
    Wax painting on canvas
    175 x 140 cm
    68 7/8 x 55 1/8 in.



  • Disturbing crowd, 2015
    wax painting on canvas
    200 x 200 cm
    78 3/4 x 78 3/4 in.



  • Houses, 2015
    wax painting on canvas
    153 x 153 cm
    60 1/4 x 601/4 in.



  • No door to sell at Charleroi, 2014
    wax painting on canvas
    153 x 153 cm
    60 1/4 x60 1/4 in.



  • Crowd by twilight, 2014
    wax painting on canvas
    153 x 200 cm
    60 1/4 x 78 3/4 in.



  • Mexico, 2012
    Wax painting on canvas
    153 x 225 cm
    60 1/4 x 88 5/8 in.



  • On the road to Teotihuacán, 2012
    Wax painting on canvas
    153 x 200 cm
    60 1/4 x 78 3/4 in.



  • Cinema, 2010
    Wax painting on canvas
    150 x 200 cm
    59 x 78 3/4



  • The last aisle, 2009
    Wax painting on canvas
    153 x 200 cm
    60 1/4 x 78 3/4 in.



  • The large Hall, 2009
    Wax painting on canvas
    153 x 125 cm
    60 1/4 x 49 1/4 in.



  • TAJ 1, 2011
    Wax painting on canvas
    153 x 200 cm
    60 1/4 x 78 3/4 in.



  • View from the Sky, Tokyo, 2011
    Wax painting on canvas
    200 x 250 cm
    78 3/4 x 98 3/8 in.



  • View from the Sky, New York, 2011
    Wax painting on canvas
    200 x 250 cm
    78 3/4 x 98 3/8 in.



  • Hong Kong, 2002
    Wax painting on canvas
    130 x 195 cm
    51 1/8 x 76 3/4 in.



  • Exhibition view "Crowds"



  • Exhibition view "Crowds"

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