20 oct 2021

Artist Hugo Capron wins the 8th edition of the Emerige Revelations Grant

Since 2014, the Emerige Revelations Grant has rewarded an emerging artist each year in order to support him or her by accompanying the beginnings of his or her practice. This Wednesday, October 20, the jury unveils the winner of its 8th edition: the painter Hugo Capron, who has made crayfish his favorite motif.

Portrait of Hugo Capron.

Since his studies at the Beaux-Arts de Dijon, from which he graduated in 2015, Hugo Capron has been painting as a dissection. Whether it’s crayfish,  carp or even palm trees. Behind his seemingly innocuous subjects, the artist explores the modes of operation of painting. Trained as a printer, the young artist produced important series in which he tried to exhaust all the possibilities and variations offered by the medium. Fascinated by Japonism, he draws his inspiration as much directly from Japanese culture as from Western reinterpretations of Japanese arts. In order to study calligraphy and ceramics, the artist completed a residency at the Kujoyama villa in Kyoto in 2019. With his conceptual, half-figurative and half-abstract paintings, the artist claims the idea that painting can offer pure visual pleasure. 



A major springboard for young contemporary artists, the Emerige Revelations Grant, created in 2014 by the eponymous Parisian real estate developer, offers concrete support to the winner:  funding of 15,000 euros allowing him to hold his first solo exhibition at the Semiose gallery, a partner of this edition. Succeeding Loucia Carlier, winner of the previous edition,  Hugo Capron  also benefits from the provision of a workshop for a period of one year, and from support from art professionals. Until 14 November, the public will be able to discover the group exhibition bringing together the eleven finalists, curated by art critic Gaël Charbau, in a space located at 16, boulevard Raspail. Offering a glimpse into the diversity of current artistic practices, the exhibition Fireplacealso brings together Lucile’s  photographsBoiron, Lisa Boostani’s video installations and Madison Bycroft’s sculptures. The exhibition will then travel to the Hôtel des Arts in Toulon from December 4, 2021 to February 13, 2022 as part of a partnership with the Villa Noailles and then to the Ivry – Le Crédac Contemporary Art Center in the spring of 2022. 


Fireplaces, exhibition of the eleven finalists of the Emerige Revelations Grant, until November 14, 16, boulevard Raspail, Paris 7th. 

Hugo, Capron, Bonbon crevette (XI), oil on canvas, 78x68cm, 2021.