Exhibition view, More News from Nowhere, 2022. Photo Julien Gremaud.

Thomas Lesigne

MORE NEWS FROM NOWHERE Solo Show

January 14th - February 11th 2022

Galerie Mighela Shama is pleased to announce the first solo show of the French artist Thomas Lesigne.

More News from Nowhere brings together a collection of watercolors on paper and, for the first time, drawings. On each of these isolated pieces of work, we admire how Thomas Lesigne manages to capture the light or the movements of nature. Step by step, we slowly enter this atmosphere where silence and grace shine through.


Exhibition view, More News from Nowhere, 2022. Photo Julien Gremaud

Contemplation and immersion in nature are always part of Thomas Lesigne's artistic process, but his latest creations mark a new chapter in his artistic work. Traveling for several weeks in the footsteps of the Mayans, from Guatemala via El Salvador, then to Costa Rica, the artist has retained the green landscapes, the dazzling light and the immensity of the pyramids emblematic of this civilization. This results in works with a brighter palette, some of which sometimes appear to be sunburnt, thus erasing and smoothing out the motifs of his scenes. More News from Nowhere offers a more introspective work in which the figuration is more assertive, taking full shape with his evanescent landscapes.


Exhibition view, More News from Nowhere, 2022. Photo Julien Gremaud.

Thomas Lesigne, Revealing bath, 2021, Watercolour on paper, 24 x 32 cm.

Exhibition view, More News from Nowhere, 2022. Photo Julien Gremaud.

Exhibition view, More News from Nowhere, 2022. Photo Julien Gremaud.

Thomas Lesigne, In transit, 2021, Watercolour on paper, 38.5 x 57 cm.

From work to work, we are touched by the way the artist makes infinite touches of color dance on the paper fiber. Luminous, they vibrate before our eyes and the surface that receives them becomes moving. Like the elements such as water and air, of which it is difficult to record a precise image and fully grasp their movement, his watercolor work does not seem to seek to stop time. For if the artist freezes certain moments during his explorations, by taking photographs, making sketches or writing, the memories that he restores take on a completely different dimension where time seems to escape reality.


Thomas Lesigne, Palmae, 2021, Watercolour on paper, 38.5 x 57 cm.

A great colorist, the artist's colours are free and diffuse: sometimes revealing, sometimes concealing a form, they always allow the narrative to continue. And with them, the artist breathes a certain magic into his watercolors, which suggest without saying too much, revealing while hiding. It is this constant dialogue that makes the artist's work captivating.


Exhibition view, More News from Nowhere, 2022. Photo Julien Gremaud.

Influenced by comics, Thomas Lesigne proposes a rhythmic reading of his work: the observation of one work leads naturally to the next. And the new exhibition of his drawings takes on its full meaning here. With them, the artist gives us material access to the way his images appear to him once back in the studio: they are snatches of landscapes, memories of scenes without apparent narratives, simply moments. Thomas Lesigne mixes his sensations with his memories and they all take on a new temporality on paper, his own.

More News from Nowhere is the work of an attentive artist who tells us a silent and resolutely intimate epic.


Thomas Lesigne, Nothing is lighter than light, 2021, Watercolour on paper, 50 x 65 cm.

Thomas Lesigne, Caldera, 2021, Watercolour on paper, 50.5 x 70 cm.

More News from Nowhere is an invitation to daydreaming, an immersive journey through color that immerses each of us in a delicate atmosphere. If the surfaces on which the artist creates are often small, the colours they host manage to transport us to another space: an unspeakable space that goes beyond the pictorial surface.


Exhibition view, More News from Nowhere, 2022. Photo Julien Gremaud.

Thomas Lesigne, This must be the place I, 2021, Watercolour on paper, 12 x 12.5 cm.