Agathe de Bailliencourt

French artist Agathe de Bailliencourt has two different artistic approaches that continuously feed each other, one based in her studio where she works on canvas, paper or linen, and the other based outdoors where she works directly onto urban space, architecture or nature. The recurrence of multiple patterns in her work, such as the straight line or the sentence “Je m’en fous” (literally: I don’t care), strives towards to an unreachable horizon, towards the re-definition of spatiality and the definition of the readable landscape. Nature and paint are in constant dialogue in her work as she constructs spaces where nature and artificiality, inside and outside, meet, forming the precise and determined destination of Agathe de Bailliencourt’s on-going artistic research.


Agathe de Bailliencourt was born in 1974 in Paris and graduated from Ecole Boulle, Paris. In 2006 Agathe de Bailliencourt participated in the Singapore Biennale with a site-specific paint installation. In 2007, she completed her first large-scale light projection at the IHZ- Building/Berlin followed by a second light installation in 2008 at the Berliner Dom, as well as an installation for the Shanghai Zendai Museum within the same year. In 2009, she was invited by Mori Art Museum in Tokyo to take part in the Roppongi Art Night and then later that year returned to Japan for the Tokyo Wonder Site Residency. In 2010, she published an artist book with Revolver Publishing and had her first New York solo exhibition at Lu Magnus titled Expressway to your Skull. In 2011, she created a permanent public installation for a high school in France. Between 2011 and 2012, Agathe de Bailliencourt took part in two residencies; the prestigious nine month residency with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's workspace program and the Art Omi residency in Ghent, New York. She had her second New York solo exhibition, Sheer, with Benrimon Contemporary in 2013. Also, from 2013 to 2014, she completed a three month residency at Marfa Contemporary in Texas. At Marfa, de Bailliencourt also held a solo exhibition, Hues of Time, at the start of 2014. In April 2014, she held a solo exhibition in New York at RH Contemporary Art featuring all the paintings made during her residency in Marfa. In 2014 the artist also contributed a public installation in the Singapore Night Festival, completed a residency at Beppu Project, Japan, and presented a solo exhibition at the Institut Français Kyushu in Fukuoka, Japan. The artist currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.