Art in Second Life 2021 (76) Tough Man by Hilaire Beaumont

Dido Haas invited me to visit the August exhibition at Nitroglobus Roof gallery: “Tough Man” by Hilaire Beaumont.

Dido Haas presents Hilaire Beaumont, an artist who is once again almost unbeknownst to me. I saw one picture of Hilaire so far. it was exhibited at Valium SL – Hermosa in January 2021 (read here). And Dido wrote: “Until now only existing flickr works of Hilaire were shown at a few galleries”. At the August exhibtion new artwork from Hilaire Beaumont is shown, The title and the pictures speak for themselves – Tough Man.


Hilaire Beaumont is in Second Life for 14 years. His profile doesn’t give away much of him. I suspect he’s French as he used a quote in his profile: “La mélancolie, c’est le bonheur d’être triste” (Melancholy is the joy of being sad) and at his exhibition at Nitroglobus Roof gallery you find a quite similar quote of Victor Hugo “La nostalgie, c’est le bonheur d’être triste” (Nostalgia is the joy of being sad).

Impressions of “Tough Man” by Hilaire Beaumont @Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (1)

The exhibtion consits of 13 pictures. And at this gallery the pictures can develop strength as they are mirrored on the floor. What are the pictures about? Not surprise, they all show a tough man as the main object. Hilaire shows his avatar (?) as a fighter, as a soldier in varoius epochs, as strong tough man. Other pictures are in our epoch and just show the tough man, not a soldier or fighter.
But there’s also some wit: one picture shows him wearing a gun pointing at a little angel with a bow. But Hilaire also shows the other, softer side. The side that a tough man tries to hide as it doesn’t fit to the cliché: playing a violin, or listening music while looking out into the nature last in thoughts.

Impressions of “Tough Man” by Hilaire Beaumont @Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (2)

Tough Man” by Hilaire Beaumont is the kind of exhibtion you rarely see in Second Life. The pictures are impressive and thoughtfully made and selected. Thank you for your art, Hilaire.
Hilaire has a flickr account and has an own gallery – [La Galerie].

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is owned and curated by Dido Haas. It is a great exhibtion space, the mirroring effect of the floor adds a lot to the experience of a visit and higlights the art in a particular way.
Thank you, Dido for providing the space for the art and for enabling the exhibition “Tough Man” by Hilaire Beaumont.

Tough Man” by Hilaire Beaumont shall stay open throughout August.

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/36/21/1001
Hilaire Beaumont’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/94901278@N04/
Hilaire Beaumont’s gallery [La Galerie]
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Zoe/171/105/4007
Dido Haas’ blog
https://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com

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