Nicolas Depetris

‘Industrial Harbour of Kitakyushu VI’, 2019

Painting, 50 x 62 cm 


‘Port Industriel de Kitakyushu IV’, 2019

Painting, 50 x 62 cm 

Nicolas Depetris is a painter, engraver, videographer and authorised architect based in Berlin. Born in Nice, he graduated in 2015 from the Paris-Belleville National School of Architecture. Trained by painter and engraver Jean-Baptiste Sécheret, from 2006 to 2013, Depetris exhibited his paintings in Japan, France, UK, Germany and Monaco, since his first personal exhibition in Paris in 2014. 

The main topic of his art work is the relationship between Human beings and Landscape. In his paintings the architecture is expressed as “Human track’’ which redefine the landscape’s composition by physical and historical sedimentation. His paintings reveal the force of the landscape, sometimes altered or marked by human presence. Between 2015 and 2017, Depetris lived in Fukuoka in southern Japan, where he travelled and analysed Japanese cities and their surrounding landscapes. This experience enriched his point of view as an architect, allowing him to work on the concept of contemporary landscape: industrial harbours, pieces of cities, natural landscapes suggesting human presence, to understand the nature and the manifestations of human settlement in landscape and territory.

Depetris is interested in heterogeneous and fragmented territories, such as Fukuoka, a maritime city

surrounded by mountains. Here, the sea takes on different colours, in a changing and metallic atmosphere. In 2018, Depetris travelled from his hometown in Nice, to his wife's hometown in Fukuoka, without travelling by plane. This 38-day trip through France, Germany, Eastern Europe, Russia, Mongolia, China and Japan allowed him to see a reality invisible from the plane: a territorial continuity and important socio-cultural contrasts, from the vast desert spaces of Mongolia to the hyper density of Chinese megacities.


About the work: 

The industrial harbour of Kitakyushu is one of the most important harbours in Japan. Bombed during the World War II, it played an important role in Japanese industrialisation. This harbour has completely redefined the natural landscape by constructing an artificial environment, crossed by oversized pipes, punctuated by pipelines, steaming metal chimneys and composed of artificial advances on the sea. This painting main theme is the consumption of resources by human activity increasing climate change.




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