Leonardo DiCaprio Snaps Up Another Far-Out Sci-Fi Painting by One of His Favorite Artists at VOLTA

What draws the Oscar winner to the work of Jean-Pierre Roy?

Jean-Pierre Roy, Landscape with Divergent Perceptual Reference Frames ( (2017). Courtesy the artist and Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen.
Jean-Pierre Roy, Landscape with Divergent Perceptual Reference Frames ( (2017). Courtesy the artist and Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen.

VOLTA threw open its doors to VIPs on Wednesday just as the ferocious Nor’easter storm was kicking into high gear. No surprise that the crowd at the fair was thinner than past previews—artistic director Amanda Coulson described the scene as “mellow but engaged.” Still, one collector made a splash, however, without even making the trip to Pier 90: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio snapped up a painting in the opening hours.

The lucky work was Landscape with Divergent Perceptual Reference Frames (above), by artist Jean-Pierre Roy, on view during VOLTA at Cophenhagen’s Gallery Poulsen. DiCaprio had secured the eerie picture for $38,000.

Jean-Pierre Roy's “Aporetic Sequence” series. Image courtesy Gallery Poulsen.

Jean-Pierre Roy’s “Aporetic Sequence” series. Image courtesy Gallery Poulsen.

The work is part of Roy’s latest series titled “Aporetic Sequence,” on view at Poulson’s VOLTA booth. In the various scenes, which are both hyperrealist and neo-surrealist, four masked figures float across a neon-lit desert background, scaling giant biomorphic structures in gravity-defying poses.

Roy’s work is influenced by his childhood in Los Angeles, where he has said that the the serene atmosphere always seemed on the brink of natural disaster, a sense of tension he often suggests in his paintings.

Landscape with Divergent Perceptual Reference Frames will make a nice companion piece to another Roy painting, Nachlass, that DiCaprio bought in 2015 after seeing it featured on Gallery Poulson’s Instagram account during the PULSE fair.

The painting Leonardo DiCaprio allegedly purchased via Instagram: Jean-Pierre Roy, Nachlass (2015).

The painting Leonardo DiCaprio allegedly purchased via Instagram: Jean-Pierre Roy, Nachlass (2015).

The actor is a significant force in the art world. His growing collection includes works by mega-stars Ed Ruscha and Urs Fischer, while just last month his foundation paid to overhaul Chris Burden’s Urban Light installation at LACMA. Last year, he was also forced to turn over a Basquiat and a Picasso painting to US authorities as part of a government investigation into the funding of the movie The Wolf of Wall Street.


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