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3 Continents: Colomba    Meurisse    Modan - Exhibitions - Philippe Labaune Gallery

3 Continents : Colomba   Meurisse   Modan

March 3 - April 16, 2022
Opening: March 3rd, 2022, 6:30 PM to 9 PM

From March 3rd to April 16th, 2022, Philippe Labaune gallery is happy to devote itself to three international artists who bear witness to their culture through their storytelling with drawings. Elizabeth Colomba, Catherine Meurisse and Rutu Modan combine the elegance of the line, the strength of the words, and the singularity of their personality to inscribe their works in the great library of the memory of humanity that the graphic novel occupies today. They follow in the footsteps of pioneers such as Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman or Marjane Satrapi, pushing the limits of their medium a little further while still addressing a global audience. Showcasing the works of three women with different culture, background, and training will offer a swift yet intricate look into the world of narrative art and illustration which can tackle serious subjects from the complicated yet unbreakable bonds of family, the impact of politics and war on individuals, the issue of immigration, violence, and racism but also the lightness of new beginnings or the beauty of long-lasting love. In color or in black and white, on paper or on screen, their strips and illustrations presented on the gallery walls show three personal territories or rather three continents in the broadest sense of the term. Like all forms of art, narrative art knows no borders.

3 Continents: Colomba    Meurisse    Modan - Exhibitions - Philippe Labaune Gallery

Elizabeth Colomba – New York

Living and working in Harlem, Elizabeth Colomba was born in 1976 in the Paris region, to a family from the island of Martinique in the French West Indies. An assiduous reader of European comics, she turned to painting at a very young age. She studied at the Estienne school and at the Beaux-arts in Paris. Through a classic approach to figuration, she offers black personalities a spotlight and a dignity that they have too often been denied. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, at the Museum of Art of Princeton University and at New York's Park Avenue Armory. In 1998, she moved to Los Angeles and worked as a story boarder in the motion picture industry. This is where, she met writer Aurélie Lévy with whom she collaborated on the screenplay of her first graphic novel, Queenie, the Godmother of Harlem (2021). It is probably no coincidence that this work retraces the true journey of Stephanie St. Clair, born in the 19th century in Martinique who became a feared gang leader in Harlem during the prohibition.

3 Continents: Colomba    Meurisse    Modan - Exhibitions - Philippe Labaune Gallery

Catherine Meurisse – Paris

Catherine Meurisse was born in 1980 in Niort in the West of France. At seventeen, she won the school comic book competition at the Angoulême International Festival. After studying at the School of Decorative Arts in Paris, she embarked on illustration, comics, and press cartoons, a field in which she gained popularity through regular collaboration with Charlie Hebdo. After escaping the January 2015 attack, she turned her back on caricature to devote herself mainly to comics. Through her graphic novel Lightness (2016), Catherine Meurisse recounts her journey from loss and heartbreak to her eventual recovery and reentry into the world of illustrations. She also pays homage to the splendor of nature and the fine arts, something that is carried through her next three graphic novels, Great Spaces (2018), Delacroix (2019) and Young Woman and the Sea (2021). In the United States, she illustrated Lenny The Lobster Can’t Stay For Dinner by Finn and Michael Buckley.

In 2020, she became the first comic strip artist to become a member of the French Academy of Fine Arts and she was one of the three artists nominated for the prestigious Grand Prix d’ Angoulême 2021.

3 Continents: Colomba    Meurisse    Modan - Exhibitions - Philippe Labaune Gallery

Rutu Modan – Tel Aviv

If she had not met Art Spiegelman during her studies at the Bezalel School of Fine Arts in Jerusalem, Rutu Modan, born in 1966, would probably not have chosen comics as a means of expression. Indeed, at that time, sequential art was not yet recognized among the narrative forms worthy of interest in Israel. She collaborated with the writer Yirmi Pinkus to undertake her first works and in 1995 formed the Actus Tragicus collective, which is recognized as the avant-garde of Hebrew comics.  In 2005, she was chosen as an outstanding artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation. Author in her own right, Rutu Modan uses elements of popular culture, situation comedy, and the clear line style that made the success of Tintin while dealing with serious and complex subjects. She tackles the terrorist attacks in Exit Wounds in 2007, the memory of the Shoah in Property in 2013 and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Tunnels in 2021.

These three books have had a strong global impact, winning awards in San Diego, Angoulême, and New York. As an illustrator, Rutu Modan collaborates with the international press and for the New York Times in particular. Her children’s books have been published through Francoise Mouly’s Toon Books. 

 

 

About Philippe Labaune Gallery

Founded in 2021, Philippe Labaune Gallery is devoted to championing and presenting original 20th and 21st century comic art and illustrations by emerging and established artist from around the world.

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Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Elizabeth Colomba
Queenie

Elizabeth Colomba

Queenie, Cover Illustration, 2022

Gold leaf, watercolor, tea, graphite and white chalk on paper

Framed: 29 x 27 1/2 inches

Sold

Cotton Club

Elizabeth Colomba

Cotton Club, 2022

Queenie’s outfit and jewels Chanel

Watercolor, graphite and white chalk on paper

Framed: 29 x 27 1/2 inches

Sold

Shots Fired

Elizabeth Colomba

Shots Fired, 2022

Tea, graphite and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

Inquire
Our Stoop

Elizabeth Colomba

Our Stoop, 2022

Tea, graphite and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

Inquire
A Family Affair

Elizabeth Colomba

A Family Affair, 2022

Queenie’s outfit inspired by Vionnet

Tea, graphite and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

Inquire
Convincing Argument

Elizabeth Colomba

Convincing Argument, 2022

Queenie’s outfit and jewels Chanel

Watercolor, Tea, graphite and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

Sold

A Mistake

Elizabeth Colomba

A Mistake, (I had to take him out of the picture), 2022

Queenie’s dress inspired by Mainbocher

Tea, graphite and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

Inquire
A Day at the Beach

Elizabeth Colomba

A Day at the Beach, 2022

Queenie’s outfit inspired by Schiaparelli

Tea, graphite and white chalk on paper

Framed: 22 x 15 inches

Inquire
This Will Warm You Up

Elizabeth Colomba

This Will Warm You Up, 2022

NFT

The snow is falling, Stephanie St Clair is on the verge. All seems lost but her partner in crime Bumpy Johnson has her back. This vignette is drawn from a thrilling graphic novel set in Harlem when booze money was drying out. A film noir feel, both ultra-realistic and dreamlike, “Queenie” is sharp but tender when necessary. Cinematographic but also romantic, armed with an epic breath that crosses places, bodies and souls, the godmother of Harlem is here to stay.

Inquire
Go!

Elizabeth Colomba

Go!, 2022

NFT

Harlem, 1933. It’s never good to hang out in an alley late at night. You never know who you might run into. The wheels are spinning, screeching, the smoke is pulsing. Stephanie St. Clair flees the scene in the nick of time. This vignette is part of “Queenie”, an epic graphic novel set in the prohibition years. The variations between the depth of the inks, the intense contrast of black and white deploy to evoke our heroine's past. These constant round trips between the West Indies and America outline another geography, intimate and protected, as if to access the inner meanders of Stephanie St Clair…

Inquire
In Da Club

Elizabeth Colomba

In Da Club, 2022

NFT

The Cotton Club, 1930’s. Jack Johnson is getting ready to welcome Duke Ellington!. The jazzy notes are flying across the screen, while we are moving towards the internationally renowned stage. This vignette is part of “Queenie”, a dazzling graphic novel set in the prohibition years when booze money is about to dry out. Reminiscent of comics from the golden age, the vignette sometime look like Bauhaus posters. The style is modern and, at the same time, preserves a vintage dime.

Inquire
Meurisse
L'inspiration s'il vous plaît

Catherine Meurisse

L'inspiration s'il vous plaît, 2017

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 13 x 10 inches

$3,200 - Sold

Farniente

Catherine Meurisse

Farniente, 2020

L'Obs

Crayon on paper

Framed: 15 x 11 inches

Inquire
Le Pari des libraires

Catherine Meurisse

Le Pari des libraires, 2020

Poster created for the Week of the Librairies in Paris

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 13 x 12 1/4 inches

Inquire
Marée basse

Catherine Meurisse

Marée basse, 2020

Revue Zadig

China ink, watercolor and gouache on paper

Framed: 13 1/4 x 17 inches

$4,200 - Sold

Valse dangereuse

Catherine Meurisse

Valse dangereuse, 2014

L'Obs

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 5 x 8 1/4 inches

Inquire
Les deux Marie-Claire

Catherine Meurisse

Les deux Marie-Claire, 2020

Revue Marie-Claire

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 15 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches

$4,200 - Sold

Die Freigezeichnete (l'Affranchie)

Catherine Meurisse

Die Freigezeichnete (l'Affranchie), 2017

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Watercolor, gouache and crayon on paper

Framed: 14 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches

Inquire
Catherine Meurisse

Catherine Meurisse

America, 2020

Revue America

China ink, watercolor and crayon on paper

Framed: 16 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches

Inquire
New

Catherine Meurisse

New, 2021

Revue Zadig

China ink, watercolor and ballpoint pen on paper

Framed: 19 1/2 x 23 inches

$4,900 - Sold

Je soutiens ma librairie

Catherine Meurisse

Je soutiens ma librairie, 2020

Poster created to support libraries during the pandemic (Initiative of François Busnel)

China ink, watercolor, gouache and crayon on paper

Framed: 16 x 12 1/4 inches

$2,800 - Sold

L'Oiseau de feu

Catherine Meurisse

L'Oiseau de feu, 2020

Poster for the Paris Philharmonic

China ink, watercolor and gouache on paper

Framed: 14 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches

Inquire
Sunset

Catherine Meurisse

Sunset, 2020

L'Obs

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 16 1/2 x 16 inches

$3,200 - Sold

Iris

Catherine Meurisse

Iris, 2020

Drawing created for the Foundation Bettencourt Schueller

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 11 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches

$4,200 - Sold

Thanksgiving Dinner

Catherine Meurisse

Thanksgiving Dinner, 2016

Télérama

China ink, watercolor, gouache and collage on paper

Framed: 16 x 17 inches

Inquire
Friendship

Catherine Meurisse

Friendship, 2020

Friendship project, Marlena Agency, USA

China ink and charcoal on paper

Framed: 15 x 12 1/4 inches

Inquire
Lenny the Lobster Can't Stay for Dinner:…or can he? You decide, page 14-15

Catherine Meurisse

Lenny the Lobster Can't Stay for Dinner: …or can he? You decide! Pages #14-15, 2018

China ink on paper

Framed: 15 x 12 inches

$1,900 - Sold

Lenny the Lobster Can't Stay for Dinner:…or can he? You decide, Cover

Catherine Meurisse

Lenny the Lobster Can't Stay for Dinner: …or can he? You decide! Cover, 2018

China ink on paper

Framed: 14 x 11 inches

$2,800 - Sold

Modan
Rutu Modan

Island, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 18 1/4 x 15 3/4 inches

Rutu Modan

Island, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 18 1/4 x 15 3/4 inches

Inquire
Illustration for The New Yorker 2013

Rutu Modan

Illustration for The New Yorker 2013, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 17 x 17 inches

Inquire
Dream

Rutu Modan

Dream, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 17 x 20 inches

$4,900 - Sold

Duck

Rutu Modan

Duck, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 15 1/2 x 20 inches

Inquire
skaters

Rutu Modan

Skaters, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 13 3/4 x 17 1/4 inches

Inquire
Illustration for New York Times, Book Review

Rutu Modan

Illustration for The New York Times, Book Review, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 16 x 21 inches

Inquire
The Duel

Rutu Modan

The Duel, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 15 x 15 1/4 inches

Inquire
Untitled

Rutu Modan

Untitled, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 15 1/4 x 20 inches

$4,900 - Sold

Illustration of The Property, page 56

Rutu Modan

Illustration of The Property, Page #56, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 21 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches

Inquire
Illustration of The Property, page 34

Rutu Modan

Illustration of The Property, Page #34, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 21 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches

Inquire
Illustration for The New Yorker 2019

Rutu Modan

Illustration for The New Yorker 2019, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 21 x 16 inches

Inquire
Illustration of Tunnels, page 124

Rutu Modan

Illustration of Tunnels, Page #124, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 20 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches

Inquire
Illustration of Tunnels, page 54

Rutu Modan

Illustration of Tunnels, Page #54, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 20 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches

Inquire
Illustration of Tunnels, page 55

Rutu Modan

Illustration of Tunnels, Page #55, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 20 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches

Inquire
Elizabeth Colomba
Queenie

Elizabeth Colomba

Queenie, Cover Illustration, 2022

Gold leaf, watercolor, tea, graphite and white chalk on paper

Framed: 29 x 27 1/2 inches

Sold

Cotton Club

Elizabeth Colomba

Cotton Club, 2022

Queenie’s outfit and jewels Chanel

Watercolor, graphite and white chalk on paper

Framed: 29 x 27 1/2 inches

Sold

Shots Fired

Elizabeth Colomba

Shots Fired, 2022

Tea, graphite and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

Our Stoop

Elizabeth Colomba

Our Stoop, 2022

Tea, graphite and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

A Family Affair

Elizabeth Colomba

A Family Affair, 2022

Queenie’s outfit inspired by Vionnet

Tea, graphite and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

Convincing Argument

Elizabeth Colomba

Convincing Argument, 2022

Queenie’s outfit and jewels Chanel

Watercolor, Tea, graphite and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

Sold

A Mistake

Elizabeth Colomba

A Mistake, (I had to take him out of the picture), 2022

Queenie’s dress inspired by Mainbocher

Tea, graphite and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

A Day at the Beach

Elizabeth Colomba

A Day at the Beach, 2022

Queenie’s outfit inspired by Schiaparelli

Tea, graphite and white chalk on paper

Framed: 22 x 15 inches

This Will Warm You Up

Elizabeth Colomba

This Will Warm You Up, 2022

NFT

The snow is falling, Stephanie St Clair is on the verge. All seems lost but her partner in crime Bumpy Johnson has her back. This vignette is drawn from a thrilling graphic novel set in Harlem when booze money was drying out. A film noir feel, both ultra-realistic and dreamlike, “Queenie” is sharp but tender when necessary. Cinematographic but also romantic, armed with an epic breath that crosses places, bodies and souls, the godmother of Harlem is here to stay.

Go!

Elizabeth Colomba

Go!, 2022

NFT

Harlem, 1933. It’s never good to hang out in an alley late at night. You never know who you might run into. The wheels are spinning, screeching, the smoke is pulsing. Stephanie St. Clair flees the scene in the nick of time. This vignette is part of “Queenie”, an epic graphic novel set in the prohibition years. The variations between the depth of the inks, the intense contrast of black and white deploy to evoke our heroine's past. These constant round trips between the West Indies and America outline another geography, intimate and protected, as if to access the inner meanders of Stephanie St Clair…

In Da Club

Elizabeth Colomba

In Da Club, 2022

NFT

The Cotton Club, 1930’s. Jack Johnson is getting ready to welcome Duke Ellington!. The jazzy notes are flying across the screen, while we are moving towards the internationally renowned stage. This vignette is part of “Queenie”, a dazzling graphic novel set in the prohibition years when booze money is about to dry out. Reminiscent of comics from the golden age, the vignette sometime look like Bauhaus posters. The style is modern and, at the same time, preserves a vintage dime.

Meurisse
L'inspiration s'il vous plaît

Catherine Meurisse

L'inspiration s'il vous plaît, 2017

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 13 x 10 inches

$3,200 - Sold

Farniente

Catherine Meurisse

Farniente, 2020

L'Obs

Crayon on paper

Framed: 15 x 11 inches

Le Pari des libraires

Catherine Meurisse

Le Pari des libraires, 2020

Poster created for the Week of the Librairies in Paris

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 13 x 12 1/4 inches

Marée basse

Catherine Meurisse

Marée basse, 2020

Revue Zadig

China ink, watercolor and gouache on paper

Framed: 13 1/4 x 17 inches

$4,200 - Sold

Valse dangereuse

Catherine Meurisse

Valse dangereuse, 2014

L'Obs

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 5 x 8 1/4 inches

Les deux Marie-Claire

Catherine Meurisse

Les deux Marie-Claire, 2020

Revue Marie-Claire

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 15 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches

$4,200 - Sold

Die Freigezeichnete (l'Affranchie)

Catherine Meurisse

Die Freigezeichnete (l'Affranchie), 2017

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Watercolor, gouache and crayon on paper

Framed: 14 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches

Catherine Meurisse

Catherine Meurisse

America, 2020

Revue America

China ink, watercolor and crayon on paper

Framed: 16 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches

New

Catherine Meurisse

New, 2021

Revue Zadig

China ink, watercolor and ballpoint pen on paper

Framed: 19 1/2 x 23 inches

$4,900 - Sold

Je soutiens ma librairie

Catherine Meurisse

Je soutiens ma librairie, 2020

Poster created to support libraries during the pandemic (Initiative of François Busnel)

China ink, watercolor, gouache and crayon on paper

Framed: 16 x 12 1/4 inches

$2,800 - Sold

L'Oiseau de feu

Catherine Meurisse

L'Oiseau de feu, 2020

Poster for the Paris Philharmonic

China ink, watercolor and gouache on paper

Framed: 14 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches

Sunset

Catherine Meurisse

Sunset, 2020

L'Obs

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 16 1/2 x 16 inches

$3,200 - Sold

Iris

Catherine Meurisse

Iris, 2020

Drawing created for the Foundation Bettencourt Schueller

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 11 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches

$4,200 - Sold

Thanksgiving Dinner

Catherine Meurisse

Thanksgiving Dinner, 2016

Télérama

China ink, watercolor, gouache and collage on paper

Framed: 16 x 17 inches

Friendship

Catherine Meurisse

Friendship, 2020

Friendship project, Marlena Agency, USA

China ink and charcoal on paper

Framed: 15 x 12 1/4 inches

Lenny the Lobster Can't Stay for Dinner:…or can he? You decide, page 14-15

Catherine Meurisse

Lenny the Lobster Can't Stay for Dinner: …or can he? You decide! Pages #14-15, 2018

China ink on paper

Framed: 15 x 12 inches

$1,900 - Sold

Lenny the Lobster Can't Stay for Dinner:…or can he? You decide, Cover

Catherine Meurisse

Lenny the Lobster Can't Stay for Dinner: …or can he? You decide! Cover, 2018

China ink on paper

Framed: 14 x 11 inches

$2,800 - Sold

Modan
Rutu Modan

Island, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 18 1/4 x 15 3/4 inches

Rutu Modan

Island, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 18 1/4 x 15 3/4 inches

Illustration for The New Yorker 2013

Rutu Modan

Illustration for The New Yorker 2013, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 17 x 17 inches

Dream

Rutu Modan

Dream, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 17 x 20 inches

$4,900 - Sold

Duck

Rutu Modan

Duck, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 15 1/2 x 20 inches

skaters

Rutu Modan

Skaters, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 13 3/4 x 17 1/4 inches

Illustration for New York Times, Book Review

Rutu Modan

Illustration for The New York Times, Book Review, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 16 x 21 inches

The Duel

Rutu Modan

The Duel, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 15 x 15 1/4 inches

Untitled

Rutu Modan

Untitled, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 15 1/4 x 20 inches

$4,900 - Sold

Illustration of The Property, page 56

Rutu Modan

Illustration of The Property, Page #56, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 21 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches

Illustration of The Property, page 34

Rutu Modan

Illustration of The Property, Page #34, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 21 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches

Illustration for The New Yorker 2019

Rutu Modan

Illustration for The New Yorker 2019, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 21 x 16 inches

Illustration of Tunnels, page 124

Rutu Modan

Illustration of Tunnels, Page #124, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 20 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches

Illustration of Tunnels, page 54

Rutu Modan

Illustration of Tunnels, Page #54, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 20 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches

Illustration of Tunnels, page 55

Rutu Modan

Illustration of Tunnels, Page #55, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 20 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches