Christelle Téa: The spirit of fleas, in the alleys of Paul Bert Serpette

from May 14 to June 13, 2022
Galerie Rage stand 23 alley 1 Serpette

Christelle Téa: The spirit of fleas, in the alleys of Paul Bert Serpette

Rage Gallery - May 14 to June 13, 2022


The Rage gallery is exhibiting 40 drawings by Christelle Téa, from May 14 to June 13, 2022, stand 23 allée 1 Serpette

If you came to hunt for antiques at Paul Bert Serpette this year, you've probably come across him… If you've come across him, you certainly haven't forgotten him. At the bend of an alley, she was sitting, studious, trying to capture the essence of the place. The spirit of the Puces, Christelle Téa has been imbued with it for almost a year.

One drawing per day, its cruising speed. A poetic cruise where Christelle Téa takes us to lose ourselves with delight in the detail. With a sure hand and without repentance, she reveals on her large sheets of Canson paper, in Indian ink, the treasures abounding in this open-air museum that is Paul Bert Serpette.


After a degree in Visual Communication at the Olivier de Serres School in Paris, Christelle Téa entered the National School of Fine Arts in Paris in 2010, where she studied with Patrick Tosani, Jean-Luc Vilmouth and Philippe Comar. She obtained the National Superior Diploma of Plastic Arts in June 2015 with the unanimous congratulations of the jury.

Passionate about music, she produced a series of drawings of singers and instrumentalists of the Orchester National de l'Opéra de Paris, exhibited at the media library of the Opéra Bastille in May 2012. In 2014, she made a stay six months at the Fine Arts School of Beijing (CAFA) and made numerous live drawings of the city, museums and markets. In 2015, she took part in the Nature and Me workshop, organized by Jean-Luc Vilmouth and Clélia Zernik for the Echigo-Tsumari Triennale in Japan.

In 2016, she was an artist in residence at the Jean-Jacques Henner National Museum in Paris, then in 2017 at Saratha Vilas, in southern India, and in Budapest, with the support of the Paris City Hall, the Institut Français de Budapest and the Budapest Galéria. In 2018, she participated in the artist residency Le Souffle, in Sion-Vaudémont, in partnership with Bee Medias.

Today, she mainly devotes herself to drawing portraits on the spot, where she represents the model in her interior, paying particular attention to this environment, symbolizing for her the expression of the personality of the models.

These drawings are made directly in front of the model, in Indian ink, without sketching or repentance. Christelle Téa seeks resemblance but not realism, because drawing for her is to select the most significant elements in the complexity of the visible.

Christelle Téa also devotes herself to interior views, drawn like portraits without a model, as well as landscapes. In these works, she decants a materiality to reveal the essence of her perception. On the contrary, his lecture drawings, made in real time, represent his visual and auditory impression of the lecturer's performance.


For this new exhibition, the Rage gallery presents the fruit of Christelle Téa's peregrinations to Paul Bert Serpette. 40 drawings along the aisles, presented by Eloise Poirson and Emmanuel Roucher, two antique dealers brought together by the love of drawing.



Galerie Rage stand 23 alley 1 Serpette