patrick rubinstein

Patrick RUBINSTEIN
  • biography
Through his art, Rubinstein pays tribute to pop culture, portraying the biggest names from Marilyn Monroe to Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson. He does so in his own way, by associating two different images with each other through a unique optical game. Rubinstein draws a universe of his own, filled with colors and devoid of negative thoughts.

Patrick Rubinstein has been passionate about kinetic art since adolescence. He loved art, argentic photos, and kinetics. So, instead of choosing one, he decided to combine all three in an art specific to him. With time, he moved from a rather traditional technique to more sophisticated creations made possible by new technologies. Today, he has become a listed signature of contemporary figurative op art.



patrick rubinstein was born in paris in 1960, the year the beatles got together in england, when brigitte bardot and jackie kennedys america were all the rage in france. this was true for the rubinsteins as well, but as part of a much larger picture. the family had a voracious appetite for everything happening around the world, savoring each instant and living life to the fullest. art offered an outlet, while day-to-day life was immersed in tenderness. this was the context of patricks upbringing, framed by his mothers passion for film and his fathers successful knack for experimenting with a range of pursuits. at the age of five, patrick was introduced to gouache, and at eight to super 8 film.



optical illusions held an important place in the familys creative output. head towards the tree and stop when youre standing behind it. once the childs movements were captured on film, a cut would be made with another actor taking his place, and the shooting would begin again. patricks father was constantly dreaming up little vignettes. the whole family played along, expanding the story, making suggestions, in a whirl of creativity.



soon, the family began breathing life into still images. if you fold a photo neatly, along parallel lines, youll obtain an interesting visual effect, depending on whether you look at it from the right, straight on, or from the left. first with his father, then alone, patrick thus discovered a new aesthetic language. for him, it held a magical fascination that he found instantly appealing. playing with two portraits in this way allowed him to see sometimes one, sometimes the other, and sometimes both of them superimposed.



in theory, the process seemed simple; in practice, it proved to be complex. even the smallest project of this type turned out to be very time consuming. but patrick stayed the course. he refined his technique. word spread quickly. requests for portraits flooded in from family members, friends and acquaintances. and initial encouragements were followed by the first sales. patrick was only 18 at the time. he took pride in his success, but he wasnt one for standing still. whenever he had time on his hands, he would rush off to help out with the family business. there he knew he could see tomorrows fashion trends taking shape, and fashion was something that spoke to him personally. he saw it as a continual process of self-exploration. he loved taking on challenges and his head was filled with ideas. after his baccalauréat and business studies, he thus plunged with relish into all aspects of the family profession: fabric selection, trend analysis, customer relations, etc. he picked up skills on the fly, becoming nearly obsessional at times.


inspired by movement, form, structure and materials, he unraveled the mysteries of each haute couture opus spotted in a runway show, studied competitors window displays, avidly drank in everything he saw and heard. he became a sponge. and he was successful at everything he put his hand to. why not create his own brand? at 25, he took the bull by the horns with energy, targeting a young demographic. he selected a white fabric, printed it with a flower, then dyed it to order. in green or pink, i love colors, and contrasts, too!



little by little, patrick rubinstein established his signature style, juxtaposing vibrant colors with black and white, and continued on his ceaseless quest to remain at the cutting edge. and the world took notice. soon he was exporting to the united states, scandinavia, throughout europe and the middle east. in france, however, the market was changing. breakout brands would only partner with designers offering unsigned creations. he bent to their will initially, but the steamroller of globalization started to flatten everything in its wake. the time had come to turn the page, to take a step back.



the year was 2005. in 2006, patrick lost his father, a watershed experience for him that instantly brought to mind the work of yaacov agam, a leading pioneer of kinetic art. grabbing a photo, patrick folded it carefully, showing his own daughters the visual effect thus created. memories bubbled to the surface. op art, short for optical art, is an art in movement. he began thinking of the portraits he wanted to recast, the pop art that had always inspired him, and the digital age that was opening up new opportunities. he spoke of his plans with an engineer.



the technical challenges of 3d were not negligible, but if he could surmount them, he could rediscover the infinite freedom of creation, and with it reawaken interest in the work he had done as a young man. he began his quest. his wifes confidence in him was absolute, she knew he would follow his concept through to its realization, laying waste to any obstacles encountered along the way. after three years of dogged perseverance, at times passing through what seemed like nothing less than the twelve labors of hercules, victory was at hand. patrick rubinstein was now able to work in any format whatsoever, even monumental ones. he surrounded himself with assistants whom he trained in his art. all that was left was to create.



two words may best sum up patricks career to date in optical art: courage and talent. his faith in himself has never been shaken and today the art world seems to be proving him right. in 2013, only five years after selling his first work at drouot, he was ranked 89th among the top 100 french artists by auction revenue.* his patrons include a formula one team owner, a south korean rock star, a discreet french husband and wife team of avid collectors, and a saudi businessman. could his father have hoped for a more beautiful tribute?







patrick rubinstein

work and concept



jean-michel basquiat, andy warhol, james rosenquist, roy lichtenstein, takashi murakami, leonardo da vinci, jeff koons, jean fautrier, tamara de lempicka, helmut newton, francis bacon, tom wesselmann, niki de saint phalle, robert indiana, pierre soulages, robert combas, philippe pasqua, fernand léger, keith haring, jacques villeglé, pablo picasso, joan miró, peter klasen, arman, césar, philippe starck, david gerstein, invader, jonone, edward hopper, salvador dali, edvard munch, piet mondrian, francis picabia, vasily kandinsky, marc chagall, henri matisse, georges braque, peter blake, yves klein, erwin blumenfeld




these are just some of the many artists whose work has influenced patrick rubinsteins practice. from surrealism to pop art and from photography to sculpture, he draws inspiration from just about everywhere, mischievously bringing distant worlds into dialogue. for a monumental love, his thoughts turn to marilyn monroe, the mona lisa, betty boop, charlie chaplin, basquiat and michelangelo. an improbable mix, and yet were swept away!



patrick rubinsteins pieces tap into our memories. for a portrait of einstein, he sees love as the answer. wisdom or provocation? he chooses themes that speak to himmusic, rock and hope, to name a few. sometimes, a quote will fire his imagination, like martin luther king jr.s famous i have a dream speech or the title of a song like michael jacksons beat it, but the artist clearly has his idols. his admiration for jagger moves him to create several portraits of this rock icon. and what about warhol? he features him many times, sometimes alone, sometimes with the artists three museselizabeth taylor, jackie kennedy and marilyn monroefrom a construction in the form of a single large rectangle to a multi-part work or a cut-out silhouette.



patrick rubinstein has a prolific imagination. worse still, this hyperactive talent leaves no dream unexamined. a drop ceiling festooned with op art for an office? he lets loose a bevy of cartoon superheroes! a work of art accessible to everyone? he invents a rotating pillar. decorating city walls? let me just get my hands on the quais of the seine in paris!



the masters guiding patrick rubinsteins explorations in kinetic art include yaacov agam, carlos cruz-diez, julio le parc, victor vasarely, marcel duchamp and alexander calder. like them, he aims to bring art to new horizons. why not dream up an enormous truncated cube strategically positioned in a supermarket parking lot? each side would include a message to be discovered in kinetic art. out in the open for everyone to see and explore. one day, a stranger comes to a halt in front of one of the artists works on display in honfleur. in fact, she is frozen to the spot, visibly very moved. later, she admits that she had fallen into a trance. for the artist, her message is one of the best compliments he has ever received.



patrick rubinsteins particular talent is to speak to anyone and everybody and to the universal in all of us. represented by galeries bartoux since his beginnings and featured at their galleries in france and around the world, opera gallery also rolls out the red carpet for him in dubai and seoul. his works are finding favor. and since people like his art, his star is rising. any wild fantasies? a commission from kanye west! lets get the word out.



patrick rubinstein

2014 exhibitions



in october 2014 seoul, opera gallery seoul presents a collective exhibition with patrick rubinstein (more information coming soon)



from the 16th to the 30th of september 2014 dubai, opera gallery dubai difc presents an exhibition with, for the first time got together, three top names of contemporary art, patrick rubinstein, david gerstein and umberto ciceri



from the 10th to the 26th 2014 paris. « ki-ne-tic rock-n-roll ! » at saint-germain-des-prés. on one side, perahia gallery invites you to discover the last works of patrick rubinstein ; and on the other, the mythic restaurant lalcazar, is pleased to inaugurate its new scenography, a scenography signed patrick rubinstein of course ! so, the two places to be are the 24, rue dauphine and the 62, rue mazarine. but the best is to see both there are only 200 meters between them.




from the 22nd of may to the 15th of june 2014 singapour. bartoux galleries welcome « meeting with giants », first retrospective exhibition dedicated to patrick rubinstein in asia.




on april 2014 athens. patrick rubinstein work enters in the museum. copelouzos family art museum, a museum of contemporary art in greece, included in its collection music madness.



on the 31st of march 2014 paris, in the salle wagram. the sauveteurs sans frontières gala dinner is pleased to have one patrick rubinsteins work for its charity auction.




22 24 mars 2014 paris paris, ienas palace, solutions en lumière, a collective exhibition with 50 renowned artists, which will be followed by an auction in order to support the organization reporters despoirs, according to an original idea of philippe starck




exhibitions :

Celebrities

Zoom The legend is not dead

The legend is not dead

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

48" x 48" (122cm x 122cm) available
Zoom Michelle my belle

Michelle my belle

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

51" x 35" (130cm x 90cm) available
Zoom Red Mess

Red Mess

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

33" x 33" (85cm x 85cm) available
Zoom English language

English language

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

60" x 53" (153cm x 135cm) available
Zoom Sexy Escapee

Sexy Escapee

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

35" x 35" x 1" (90cm x 90cm x 3cm) available
Zoom Keep Calm & Rock & Roll

Keep Calm & Rock & Roll

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

46" x 46" (117cm x 117cm) available
Zoom Rolling 5t0nes

Rolling 5t0nes

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

35" x 41" (90cm x 105cm) available
Zoom Two by Two

Two by Two

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

53" x 53" (135cm x 135cm) available
Zoom Namo Sali

Namo Sali

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

41" x 79" (104cm x 200cm) available
Zoom The Atomic Blond

The Atomic Blond

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

30" x 30" (76cm x 76cm) available
Zoom Seltaeb

Seltaeb

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

65" x 65" (165cm x 165cm) available
Zoom The Four Sergeant***

The Four Sergeant***

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

61" x 54" (155cm x 138cm) available
Zoom Back of his hand

Back of his hand

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

66" x 50" (168cm x 128cm) available
Zoom Art Never Die***

Art Never Die***

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

44" x 44" (113cm x 113cm) available
Zoom Coffret édition Rock Argent

Coffret édition Rock Argent

Kinetic work Print on panel - Original edition of 25ex.

16" x 16" (40cm x 40cm) available
Zoom Picassioux ***

Picassioux ***

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

30" x 30" (76cm x 76cm) available
Zoom Coquillages et Crustacés

Coquillages et Crustacés

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

48" x 48" (121cm x 121cm) available
Zoom Gaga Mona ***

Gaga Mona ***

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

60" x 41" (153cm x 105cm) available
Zoom She is 510

She is 510

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

65" x 65" (164cm x 164cm) available
Zoom The smell of roses ***

The smell of roses ***

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

32" x 32" (82cm x 82cm) available
Zoom Master in the sky with diamonds

Master in the sky with diamonds

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

36" x 32" (92cm x 81cm) available
Zoom Rock the Art Nation !

Rock the Art Nation !

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

50" x 39" (126cm x 100cm) available
Zoom In love with art

In love with art

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

63" x 20" (159cm x 51cm) available
Zoom Too much love ***

Too much love ***

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

41" x 41" (103cm x 103cm) available
Zoom Unconditional Love ***

Unconditional Love ***

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

31" x 74" (78cm x 188cm) available
Zoom Art en folie

Art en folie

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

54" x 54" (138cm x 138cm) available
Zoom Blossoming Monroe ***

Blossoming Monroe ***

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

61" x 61" (155cm x 155cm) available
Zoom The big mix

The big mix

Kinetic work Print on panel - Original edition 8 ex + 4 AP

37" x 54" (95cm x 138cm) available
Zoom The artist mix

The artist mix

Kinetic work Print on panel - Original edition 8 ex + 4 AP

54" x 54" (138cm x 138cm) available
Zoom Frida tralala***

Frida tralala***

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

49" x 49" (125cm x 125cm) available
Zoom Women's power***

Women's power***

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

54" x 54" (138cm x 138cm) available
Zoom Mary-Blue***

Mary-Blue***

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

53" x 53" (135cm x 135cm) available
Zoom Prints on Hollywood Boulevard

Prints on Hollywood Boulevard

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

37" x 69" (93cm x 174cm) available
Zoom Arty Audrey

Arty Audrey

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

37" x 69" (93cm x 174cm) available
Zoom Blond Ambition (Marilyn)

Blond Ambition (Marilyn)

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

29" x 61" (74cm x 156cm) available
Zoom Super Monna (Joconde)

Super Monna (Joconde)

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

49" x 49" (125cm x 125cm) available
Zoom Art Bombe (Make Art not War)

Art Bombe (Make Art not War)

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

44" x 44" (113cm x 113cm) available
Zoom Small Puzzle (Everyday is a piece of Art)

Small Puzzle (Everyday is a piece of Art)

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

30" x 30" (76cm x 76cm) available
Zoom Art Library - Indiana & Friends

Art Library - Indiana & Friends

Kinetic work Print on panel - Original edition 8 ex + 4 AP

24" x 50" (60cm x 128cm) available
Zoom L'amour chou

L'amour chou

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

54" x 54" (138cm x 138cm) available
Zoom Mon chéri

Mon chéri

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

54" x 54" (138cm x 138cm) available
Zoom Mon coeur

Mon coeur

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

54" x 54" (138cm x 138cm) available
Zoom Galactical Love

Galactical Love

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

51" x 51" (130cm x 130cm) available
Zoom Dos tout Beau

Dos tout Beau

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

51" x 51" (130cm x 130cm) available
Zoom Blondie Model

Blondie Model

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

65" x 65" x 1" (165cm x 165cm x 2cm) available
Zoom Fiorentina

Fiorentina

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

65" x 65" x 1" (165cm x 165cm x 2cm) available
Zoom London Calling

London Calling

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

44" x 44" (113cm x 113cm) available
Zoom Kiss me Jagger

Kiss me Jagger

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

35" x 35" (90cm x 90cm) available
Zoom Intense Gaze

Intense Gaze

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

51" x 51" (130cm x 130cm) available
Zoom Golden David

Golden David

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

35" x 35" (90cm x 90cm) available
Zoom Yesterday Rock

Yesterday Rock

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

44" x 44" (113cm x 113cm) available
Zoom Blue is Luxury

Blue is Luxury

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

44" x 44" (113cm x 113cm) available
Zoom Olala Fashion

Olala Fashion

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

44" x 44" (113cm x 113cm) available
Zoom Oh Kate

Oh Kate

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

44" x 44" (113cm x 113cm) available
Zoom Art Rolling Stones

Art Rolling Stones

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

19" x 29" (49cm x 74cm) available
Zoom P'Hope

P'Hope

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

65" x 24" (166cm x 61cm) available

Tables

Zoom Hope Table

Hope Table

Kinetic work Print on panel - Original edition 8 ex + 4 AP

18" x 59" x 43" (45cm x 150cm x 110cm) available
Zoom Table Melody of Happiness

Table Melody of Happiness

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

16" x 35" x 35" (40cm x 90cm x 90cm) available
Zoom Table Hope- Epoh

Table Hope- Epoh

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

30" x 37" (75cm x 95cm) available

Animals / Cartoons

Zoom Pandatomic ***

Pandatomic ***

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

54" x 54" (138cm x 138cm) available
Zoom Bamboo***

Bamboo***

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

65" x 65" (166cm x 166cm) available
Zoom Coffret édition Panda Or

Coffret édition Panda Or

Kinetic work Print on panel - Original edition of 25ex.

16" x 16" (40cm x 40cm) available
Zoom Coffret édition Panda Argent

Coffret édition Panda Argent

Kinetic work Print on panel - Original edition of 25ex.

16" x 16" (40cm x 40cm) available
Zoom Paf ***

Paf ***

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

44" x 44" (113cm x 113cm) available
Zoom Pink Love

Pink Love

Kinetic work Print on panel - Original edition of 30ex.

28" x 28" (70cm x 70cm) available 28" x 28" (70cm x 70cm) available
Zoom Perhosia

Perhosia

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

40" x 40" (102cm x 102cm) available
Zoom Black & White Bear

Black & White Bear

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

44" x 44" (113cm x 113cm) available
Zoom Pop Love

Pop Love

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

69" x 69" x 1" (174cm x 174cm x 2cm) available
Zoom Mon amour

Mon amour

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

69" x 69" x 1" (174cm x 174cm x 2cm) available
Zoom So Mickey

So Mickey

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

44" x 44" (113cm x 113cm) available
Zoom Funcky Love

Funcky Love

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

65" x 24" (166cm x 61cm) available

Pop

Zoom Art Blend

Art Blend

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

31" x 44" (80cm x 112cm) available
Zoom Chic love***

Chic love***

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

54" x 54" (138cm x 138cm) available
Zoom Kinetic Super Soup***

Kinetic Super Soup***

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

65" x 45" (165cm x 115cm) available
Zoom All you need is cash (Dollar)

All you need is cash (Dollar)

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

44" x 44" (113cm x 113cm) available
Zoom Low Love

Low Love

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

31" x 31" (80cm x 80cm) available
Zoom Pan Pan ! (Bang)

Pan Pan ! (Bang)

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

44" x 44" (113cm x 113cm) available
Zoom Crazy Bag (Which bag today)

Crazy Bag (Which bag today)

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

44" x 44" (113cm x 113cm) available
Zoom Pop Bubbles (Art has never been so Bubbly)

Pop Bubbles (Art has never been so Bubbly)

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

50" x 37" (128cm x 93cm) available
Zoom Passion for Books

Passion for Books

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

47" x 44" (120cm x 113cm) available
Zoom Panorama of Soups

Panorama of Soups

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

19" x 50" (48cm x 128cm) available
Zoom Soup Hypnosis

Soup Hypnosis

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

19" x 29" (49cm x 74cm) available
Zoom Discreet for You

Discreet for You

Kinetic work Print on panel - One of a kind original artwork

19" x 29" (49cm x 74cm) available

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