For twenty-five years, with a very rich pallet and a firm draught, Christophe Abadie has been striving to paint the flowing away of time and its flashing and unsettled alterations. High moments of face to face (« Kings and Courtiers » his first achievements). The charcoal drawing period: Scenes and portraits from Morocco- Instant verticality of the « Black Sketches » around the Pompidou Center at night-Uncertainty of the « Swimming Girlsborder-line between life and immanence of things-Painted slates, with scenes of meetings which are often puzzling-Blind or sacrificial affronting of the « Riots » series- Eternity of the animal carcases, where the bleeding would hide the unavoidable decay…..
Of softer design, from a sweeter technique as « off-pixelled », his more recent works (mixed medias on paper), aim at depicting expectation, moments in suspense (as rescuing, falling in love, gentle touch of two skins, kisses and embraces).
As an issue to his previous works, would not this search be somehow Jansenistic , marked by predestination ?
We should be waiting and hoping for Grace to come, unrepressible and yet promised, a source for revealing stresses.
Let us have a look at this surrendering young woman’s face: we are mere peepers, but we feel diving with vertigo in the not yet expressed but ineluctable tropism of foretold feelings and senses, perceptions, pulsions, and eager dreams.