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A-side B-side Gallery is pleased to present:

More Lace’ a solo exhibition by Fred Fabre

Exhibition dates: 30-11-2017 – 05-12-2017, 10am - 5pm

Fred Fabre's paintings are inspired by the great power of lace. In this solo exhibition he presents a suite of twelve paintings using lace, not only as background but as support. The lace is stretched then glued to the canvas over which Fabre paints a wash of colour in acrylic. He then paints richly coloured images in oil paint, in a vivid expressive layering, also retaining the ‘textures’ held within lace.

Because lace has no stereotype – it has the potential to encompasses/embrace or to carry all symbols of femininity – it was the obvious choice for Fabre's exploration of the sensuality of iconic fashion accessories. This choice of imagery is symbolic and may be equivocal however Fabre's intention is to acknowledge that these symbols have now been reclaimed by women, while also acknowledging that the work is filtered through his perspective as a male artist. (In his previous video/film work Fabre has also been known for challenging male-centered narratives about gender relations  'UNDO' https://www.facebook.com/undo01/).

By painting on the lace covered canvas he brings images such as a stiletto, a lipstick or snails kissing, the latter surrounded by flowers and beautiful, suggestive soft bursts of colour.  Here Fabre expresses the idiosyncratic view of pleasure beyond any idea of pleasure as instant gratification – when determined by patriarchal perspectives. There is desire here, for the work to hold a feminine approach to sexuality. There is a light touch here: in the piece titled 'Scent' the flowers become welcoming vulvas  spreading a scented aura  which attracts a colourful butterfly.

For Fabre the expressionist style of the paintings underscore a poetic approach that opens them to various interpretations. He shifts register as well: in the work ‘I'll catch you‘ there’s a playful use of the triptych depicting stylized spiders running over a cobweb made of lace alongside these other works of highly wrought depictions of female accessories.  The french poet Louis Aragon's maxim 'the future of the man is the woman' is an appropriate inspiration for Fabre’s body of work.


Fred Fabre was born in Paris. He began his varied and colourful career as a drawer and animator before turning to video journalism, working in many of the world's conflicts. He moved to London in 1997 and has worked closely with the BBC as a BAFTA winning cinematographer, he also took the time do an MA in Fine Art at the Chelsea College of Art. Throughout his  career, he has held a passion for painting and has been able to draw on many experiences and skills: his acute understanding of colour and light, composition and observation.  His work is more suggestive than representative to reflect a broader reality of atmosphere and emotions. His aim is deconstruct light and colours into basic elements and to play with its combinations and formulas.


Chelsea College of Art
MA Fine Art


Publication 2005
Selected photographs, 'Picture of Britain': TATE Britain

BAFTA awards for Photography (factual) - Winner 2004 & nominee 2005 same category

Selected exhibitions
YALE University/Kensington Palace: Enlightened Princesses - 2017 - Film Installation
5th Base Gallery (Film Night) 2014
SaLon GalleryArt Fair (group) 2007 
H.Art, St. Peter's, Herford (group) 2006
Public Art, Peckham Programme, London(solo), 2006
Albemarle Gallery,London (group) 2006
Albemarle Gallery, London (group) 2005
Rivington Gallery, London (solo)2004
Rivington Gallery, London (group)2004
Eglise Notre Dame, Calais, France (solo)2004

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