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An Exhibition of Paintings and Sculptures
A Touring Exhibition Hosted by Cohen Design Centers

San Francisco based contemporary artist, Alexis Laurent, will exhibit his paintings and
sculptures at Decorative Center Houston.  Laurent's contemporary paintings and large
scale urban sculptures will be on display during Decorative Center Houston's Fall Market.
Laurent’s exhibition of painting and sculpture entitled “Be a Flâneur” (translation “Be a
Wanderer”) invites the viewer to take a journey into the urban landscape. Laurent
encourages the viewer to “get lost” in the “city” that is his exhibit. It is his distinctive
paintings and sculptures that distinguish the landscape that he has created. His art
differentiates the space from its surroundings.  Many of the materials used in Laurent’s
sculptures are found in nature and portray an urban landscape.
“It is not the materials themselves, but the transformative act of the artist in fashioning
them into art that startles our consciousness,” says Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator
Emeritus, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.
Returning to his roots and artistic home, Laurent began to rediscover his artistic sensibility
and create a narrative for his artistic vision for the future. He returned to the U.S. in 2006
and dedicated himself to his large-scale painting. Since renovating a 9,000 sq/ft San
Francisco warehouse as his studio he has had the space and opportunity to create
and display his contemporary paintings and large-scale urban sculptures.

French-born American artist, Laurent, was raised in rural Southern France by his artistic
parents who created and sold jewelry and crepes in the small town of Biot. Upon
graduation with advanced university degrees from Aix-en-Provence and the elite
Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po Paris) in the 1990s, Laurent moved
to the United States with his American wife. In 2003 he began to rethink his career in
international business and decided to return to France with his wife and infant daughter.
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Decorative Center Houston
November 17, 2010 thru December 17, 2010,
Monday thru Friday, 11:00am to 3:00pm.