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Crash #31 – Ponderosa Basin, 2021, oil on linen, 45 x 63.75 inches

Philippe Labaune Gallery is pleased to present Narrative Images, an exhibition of paintings and original comic strips by French American artist Miles Hyman. This will be the debut of Miles Hyman's paintings in New York. Informed by mid-century American realism, European symbolism, and film noir, Hyman’s recent work is a study in light, imaginative juxtapositions, and a record of personal geography. Accompanying his paintings will be a selection of original comic strip drawings from graphic novel adaptations of Hyman’s grandmother Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery, James Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia, among others. Narrative Images will be on view from May 13 – June 26, 2021 with an opening reception on May 13th from 11 AM to 9 PM.

The exhibition presents two painting series Crash and East Coast Light. In the ongoing painting series, Crash, Hyman creates imaginative dichotomies of figure and landscape. An elusive, potentially quixotic relationship forms between female characters seemingly unfixed in time, and similarly enigmatic vehicle wreckage behind them. The characters at times appear to be plucked from other worlds, while others seemingly have a more direct tie to the dramatic scene appearing over their shoulder.

Within East Coast Light, a suite of paintings depicts fictional characters at various locations throughout New York City. The subject matter highlights the importance the city has to Miles Hyman, a locus steeped with childhood and adolescent memories, and a source of development for him as an artist. To this day, the historical resonance and constantly evolving landscape, coupled with a quality of light unique to metropolises, continues to provide a wellspring of inspiration for the artist.

Accompanying Hyman’s paintings will be original charcoal drawings from several of his graphic novels, most notably The Lottery. In 2016, Hyman released the graphic novel adaption to his grandmother Shirley Jackson’s critically acclaimed 1948 short story. In what Hyman aptly termed “a feat of inter-disciplinary acrobatics”, he had the overwhelming task to create a visual expression from words on a page and to keep the novel’s nuances and the secrets intact for the reader. Hyman viewed the undertaking as a way to rediscover one of Jackson’s greatest works and allowed him “to affirm a tangible link to her life and work in a way that was both professional and deeply personal.” The ability to pair his grandmother’s word with his drawing is a familial pairing like no other.

About Miles Hyman
Miles Hyman was born in Vermont in 1962, and currently lives and works in Paris. Hyman studied drawing and printmaking with David Schorr at Wesleyan University in Connecticut before attending Paris’ Ecole des Beaux-Arts. His works have been exhibited in museums including the Palais de Tokyo, the Glénat Foundation, Rome’s Institute of Graphic Arts and the French Musée de l’Illustration. In 2017, he was awarded the prestigious Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture. Hyman’s drawings are featured by international publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Viking, Farrar Straus & Giroux, Gallimard, and Chronicle Books. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Futuropolis, and a specially commissioned project with Louis Vuitton.

 

Press Release

Cloud Formation, 2021, oil on linen, 57.5 x 38.2 x 1.5 inches

Miles Hyman: Narrative Images
On view: May 13 - June 26th, 2021
Philippe Labaune Gallery is pleased to present Narrative Images, an exhibition of paintings and original comic strips by French American artist Miles Hyman. This will be the debut of Miles Hyman's paintings in New York. Informed by mid-century American realism, European symbolism, and film noir, Hyman’s recent work is a study in light, imaginative juxtapositions, and a record of personal geography. Accompanying his paintings will be a selection of original comic strip drawings from graphic novel adaptations of Hyman’s grandmother Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery, James Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia, among others. Narrative Images will be on view from May 13 – June 26, 2021 with an opening reception on May 13th from 11 AM to 9 PM.

The exhibition presents two painting series Crash and East Coast Light. In the ongoing painting series, Crash, Hyman creates imaginative dichotomies of figure and landscape. An elusive, potentially quixotic relationship forms between female characters seemingly unfixed in time, and similarly enigmatic vehicle wreckage behind them. The characters at times appear to be plucked from other worlds, while others seemingly have a more direct tie to the dramatic scene appearing over their shoulder.

Within East Coast Light, a suite of paintings depicts fictional characters at various locations throughout New York City. The subject matter highlights the importance the city has to Miles Hyman, a locus steeped with childhood and adolescent memories, and a source of development for him as an artist. To this day, the historical resonance and constantly evolving landscape, coupled with a quality of light unique to metropolises, continues to provide a wellspring of inspiration for the artist.

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"The Lottery", Title page image
Published in graphic novel adaptation of Shirley Jackson's novel - Casterman, 2016, charcoal on paper, 22.6 X 16.5 inches

Accompanying Hyman’s paintings will be original charcoal drawings from several of his graphic novels, most notably The Lottery. In 2016, Hyman released the graphic novel adaption to his grandmother Shirley Jackson’s critically acclaimed 1948 short story. In what Hyman aptly termed “a feat of inter-disciplinary acrobatics”, he had the overwhelming task to create a visual expression from words on a page and to keep the novel’s nuances and the secrets intact for the reader. Hyman viewed the undertaking as a way to rediscover one of Jackson’s greatest works and allowed him “to affirm a tangible link to her life and work in a way that was both professional and deeply personal.” The ability to pair his grandmother’s word with his drawing is a familial pairing like no other.

About Miles Hyman
Miles Hyman was born in Vermont in 1962, and currently lives and works in Paris. Hyman studied drawing and printmaking with David Schorr at Wesleyan University in Connecticut before attending Paris’ Ecole des Beaux-Arts. His works have been exhibited in museums including the Palais de Tokyo, the Glénat Foundation, Rome’s Institute of Graphic Arts and the French Musée de l’Illustration. In 2017, he was awarded the prestigious Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture. Hyman’s drawings are featured by international publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Viking, Farrar Straus & Giroux, Gallimard, and Chronicle Books. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Futuropolis, and a specially commissioned project with Louis Vuitton.

 

Selected Works

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Crash #30 - River Road (a ballad), 2021
Oil on linen
44.9 x 57.5 x 1.5 inches

Crash #31 - Ponderosa Basin, 2021
Oil on linen
45 x 63.75 x 1.5 inches

Crash #1 - Maricopa, 2019
Oil on linen
39.3 x 28.75 x .9 inches

Cloud Formation, 2021
Oil on linen
57.5 x 38.2 x 1.5 inches

 

Chelsea Light, 2021
Oil on linen
45.7 x 32 x 1.5 inches

Brooklyn Yards, 2021
Oil on linen
45.70 x 32 x 1.5 inches

Tribeca Tenements, 2021
Oil on linen
19.6 x 28.75 x .9 inches

Gunther Building, 2021
Oil on linen
39.3 x 28.75 x 1.5 inches

Last Light, Luxembourg Gardens, 2021
Oil on linen
28.75 x 19.6 x 1.5 inches

Forum, Rome, 2021
Oil on linen
32 x 45.7 x 1.5 inches

Observation Deck (Study), 2021
Oil on linen
28.75 x 19.6 x 1.5 inches

Feral Series: Dairy-go-Round, 2019
Oil on linen
57.5 x 38.18 inches

Feral Series: Fox's New Bicycle, 2019
Oil on linen
27.55 x 27.55 inches

"Little City Market", 2020
Part of a personal series, reflections on mid-20th century San Francisco
Pastel on prepared watercolor stock
22 x 15 inches

 

"The Lottery", Title page image
Published in graphic novel adaptation of Shirley Jackson's novel - Casterman, 2016
Charcoal on paper, 22.6 X 16.5 inches

"The Lottery", Study #1 for opening sequence - unpublished, 2016
Charcoal on paper
22.4 x 16.5 inches

"The Lottery", Study #2 for opening sequence - unpublished, 2016
Charcoal on paper
22.4 x 16.5 inches

Page 9: "La Mer des Nectars": From a graphic novel published in "Tintin c'est l'aventure"- Moulinsart & Geo, 2021
Charcoal on paper
24 x 17.3 inches

Page 10: "La Mer des Nectars": From a graphic novel published in "Tintin c'est l'aventure"- Moulinsart & Geo, 2021
Charcoal on paper
24 x 17.3 inches

Page 3: ""Our target is mobile"": From graphic novel: "Rendez-vous" - Casterman, 2011
Charcoal and sepia on paper
15.75 x 11 inches

Page 10: "He's on to us…": From graphic novel: "Rendez-vous" - Casterman, 2011
Charcoal on paper
15.75 x 11 inches

Page 118: "The Black Dahlia"
Published in graphic novel adaptation of James Ellroy's novel - Casterman, 2013
Color pencil on paper, 13.75 x 11.8 inches

Page 120: "The Black Dahlia"
Published in graphic novel adaptation of James Ellroy's novel - Casterman, 2014
Color pencil on paper, 13.75 x 11.8 inches

Page 32: "The Prague Coup"
Published in graphic novel - J.L. Fromental - Dupuis (2017) Titan (2018), 2017
Charcoal on paper, 22.04 x 15.75 inches

Page 44: "The Prague Coup"
Published in graphic novel - J.L. Fromental - Dupuis (2017) Titan (2018), 2017
Charcoal on paper, 22.04 x 15.75 inches

Crash #30 - River Road (a ballad), 2021
Oil on linen
44.9 x 57.5 x 1.5 inches

Crash #31 - Ponderosa Basin, 2021
Oil on linen
45 x 63.75 x 1.5 inches

Crash #1 - Maricopa, 2019
Oil on linen
39.3 x 28.75 x .9 inches

Cloud Formation, 2021
Oil on linen
57.5 x 38.2 x 1.5 inches

 

Chelsea Light, 2021
Oil on linen
45.7 x 32 x 1.5 inches

Brooklyn Yards, 2021
Oil on linen
45.70 x 32 x 1.5 inches

Tribeca Tenements, 2021
Oil on linen
19.6 x 28.75 x .9 inches

Gunther Building, 2021
Oil on linen
39.3 x 28.75 x 1.5 inches

Last Light, Luxembourg Gardens, 2021
Oil on linen
28.75 x 19.6 x 1.5 inches

Forum, Rome, 2021
Oil on linen
32 x 45.7 x 1.5 inches

Observation Deck (Study), 2021
Oil on linen
28.75 x 19.6 x 1.5 inches

Feral Series: Dairy-go-Round, 2019
Oil on linen
57.5 x 38.18 inches

Feral Series: Fox's New Bicycle, 2019
Oil on linen
27.55 x 27.55 inches

"Little City Market", 2020
Part of a personal series, reflections on mid-20th century San Francisco
Pastel on prepared watercolor stock
22 x 15 inches

 

"The Lottery", Title page image
Published in graphic novel adaptation of Shirley Jackson's novel - Casterman, 2016
Charcoal on paper, 22.6 X 16.5 inches

"The Lottery", Study #1 for opening sequence - unpublished, 2016
Charcoal on paper
22.4 x 16.5 inches

"The Lottery", Study #2 for opening sequence - unpublished, 2016
Charcoal on paper
22.4 x 16.5 inches

Page 9: "La Mer des Nectars": From a graphic novel published in "Tintin c'est l'aventure"- Moulinsart & Geo, 2021
Charcoal on paper
24 x 17.3 inches

Page 10: "La Mer des Nectars": From a graphic novel published in "Tintin c'est l'aventure"- Moulinsart & Geo, 2021
Charcoal on paper
24 x 17.3 inches

Page 3: ""Our target is mobile"": From graphic novel: "Rendez-vous" - Casterman, 2011
Charcoal and sepia on paper
15.75 x 11 inches

Page 10: "He's on to us…": From graphic novel: "Rendez-vous" - Casterman, 2011
Charcoal on paper
15.75 x 11 inches

Page 118: "The Black Dahlia"
Published in graphic novel adaptation of James Ellroy's novel - Casterman, 2013
Color pencil on paper, 13.75 x 11.8 inches

Page 120: "The Black Dahlia"
Published in graphic novel adaptation of James Ellroy's novel - Casterman, 2014
Color pencil on paper, 13.75 x 11.8 inches

Page 32: "The Prague Coup"
Published in graphic novel - J.L. Fromental - Dupuis (2017) Titan (2018), 2017
Charcoal on paper, 22.04 x 15.75 inches

Page 44: "The Prague Coup"
Published in graphic novel - J.L. Fromental - Dupuis (2017) Titan (2018), 2017
Charcoal on paper, 22.04 x 15.75 inches