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L'atlas

December 15, 2017

A Major Street Art Figure

L’Atlas started as a graffiti artist in the 1990s. Fascinated by the art of symbols and writing, he set out to study Arabic calligraphy in Morocco, Egypt, and Syria. He was especially interested in “koufi,” the geometric writing that he used to transpose the codes in the Latin alphabet, creating his own style of typography.

After experimenting with photography, painting, and video, L’Atlas developed a pictorial universe in which every letter is considered as a form, and each form as a letter. Little by little, even the city appeared to him to be full of signs that he collected the almost abstract shapes with a system of imprints.

Eastern thought, according to which duality is the source of being complementary, occupies a preponderant place in his life and in his art. That is the source of his artistic explorations, where one observes a recurring dichotomy between black and white in the major part of his compositions.

His work with typefaces and calligraphy led him to other forms of art in the streets. He became, with urban artist Zevs, a leading figure in the post-graffiti movement and conceived a series of urban interventions. L’Atlas created the outline of urban compasses on one of the facades of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, with one of his frequent tools, extremely large and adhesive gaffer tape.

Over time, parallel to his presence in the streets, his artistic practice evolved toward the conception of works that are more timeless, presented in exhibition spaces adapted to his work. Yet without losing the controversial and subversive spirit that characterizes the artist.

Other work available upon request

Contact :

Cédric Calmels, ventedart.com

Founder - Art Dealer

cedric@ventedart.com / +33611083047

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Maryam Eisler

Maryam Eisler is a London-based photographer, editor, and art patron. Born in Iran, she was raised in international schools first in Paris followed by the US. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MBA from Columbia University. She has held editorial roles on several art publications such as: Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and their studios; Art Studio America: Contemporary Artist Spaces; London Burning: Portraits From a Creative City all of which are co-published by TransGlobe Publishing and Thames and Hudson. She is currently holding her first solo exhibition in St Barth at Space SBH Gallery, following her debut show in London at the Tristan Hoare Gallery.

We were very lucky to meet with Eisler and ask her about her work and sources of inspiration.

Tell us the story and your artistic approach behind the series “Searching for Eve in the American West” which you are currently exhibiting.

“I’ve always been attracted to Native American land and spirituality. While working on the book Art Studio America: Contemporary Artist Spaces, I followed in the footsteps of Georgia O’Keeffe experiencing her journey in the New Mexico landscape and visited her home and studio near Abiquiu: I was awed by this hostile and baron nature and the light! What a light! I felt the timelessness of the place, echoing O’Keeffe’s art and words: ‘such a beautiful untouched lonely feeling place, such a fine part of what I call “the faraway”... It is a place I have painted before... even now I must do it again...’ I couldn’t resist the urge to go back by myself, as an artist, only this time with my camera, in order to express my feelings. This time, it was a journey of self-discovery, a spiritual journey of some sort. I spent days hiking in the arid and inhospitable New Mexico desert and canyons. Once again, I was taken by the power of nature and the special light that bathed the land. While shooting Maralah and Wakanda, my models, in this harsh environment I felt what the origin of the world could have looked and felt like! I saw Eve somewhere between the majestic heavens and Mother Earth, standing atop the rocky lines, as sensual and powerful as the monumental nature that had surrounded her. She became my muse, my inspiration, at one with nature and the land.”

Femininity is at the heart of your work. Would you say you’re a feminist?

“If you want to call me a feminist, you can. I celebrate Woman with a capital W in my work, and great female figures are timeless sources of inspiration to me. Last summer, while traveling in the South of France, I visited the “Carrières de Lumière” in Les Baux-de Provence where Jean Cocteau shot Testament of Orpheus in 1960. Wondrous colours, shapes and shades – a perfect setting for seeking mythic antecedents, and I shot my own vision of the nymph. The result of this journey is my second series: “Eurydice in Provence,” an ode to beauty and to the Divine Feminine.”

You were born in Iran, you studied in France and in the US. Which culture has influenced you the most?

“I was lucky to be born in a family open to the world and raised in international milieux. As such, I navigate between the three cultures very easily and feel equally nourished by each one."

Maryam Eisler is surely an inspiring woman... I’m not alone in thinking this as she was voted as one of the "100 Most Powerful Women in Art" by Artnet in 2014.

Contact:

Space Contemporary Art Gallery: info@spacesbh.com

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Philippe Pasqua

December 12, 2017

A singular style

Born in 1965, Philippe Pasqua is considered one of the major talents of his generation. Self-taught, he started in a small photography studio in Paris to make a living. But he is a portraitist above all, and in the vein of such modern artists as Bacon, Freud, or Jenny Saville, he chose painting to express the vulnerability and intimacy of the faces and bodies he presents.

The human being is the primary source of inspiration for his paintings.

His canvases are violent, powerful, imposing. His main motivation is not aestheticism but expressivity: “I live painting physically and freely.” The representation of his models is not based in realism but impression. The colors are allegorical and the paintings have an unfinished quality that transmits emotion: “I like the unfinished aspect, yet very constructed at the same time, even if there is a very free gesture in my work, accidents, to break with the academic side of things. The design gives form to the human beings and the color gives them life.”

In most cases, his work tends to be oversized and can reach six meters in height. The amplitude of this artist’s gestures and his subjects command the monumental format of his canvases.

Other works available on request

Contact: 

Cédric Calmels, ventedart.com

Founder - Art Dealer

cedric@ventedart.com / +33611083047

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Pierre carreau: liquid extasy

Art photographer Pierre Carreau focuses on images of waves, and this combination of art and artist is the stuff dreams are made of. He has been shooting waves over the past five years for his series AquaViva, and he remains intensely inspired by his subject matter.

Tell us about your career path.

“I came to St Barth 12 years ago, when my wife had a job opportunity here. I didn’t know the island at all, but surprisingly it gave me the desire and courage to restart my career from the ground up. I am originally from Paris, and I lived for a long time in Bordeaux then in Cap Ferret. I worked in management and finance as well as the organization of distribution networks. I represented every aspect of a business, but I did not feel at home in that commercial philosophy, I wanted to convey my own values! I was always interested in images. I made films about kite surfing, another one of my interests, when I was still in France, but once I was in Saint Barth I really focused on photography. That much is clear.”

How did you become a photographer—are you self-taught?

“Yes, I taught myself the fundamentals of the profession. First I specialized in architectural and interior design photography, for villas and luxury hotels. That gave me time to perfect my technique and allow my artistic project to ripen, as well as give free reign to my creativity and sensitivity. It took me several years to find the subject that I wanted to reveal through my lens. Five years ago, I started the series of AquaViva images and I knew that my muse was the waves. I always wanted to live close to the ocean and Saint Barth gives me the perfect place to take my photos in the most beautiful of open-air studios!

My MacroWave and WaterPower series met with immediate success and I was lucky to quickly work with a gallery that is both in Saint Barth and New York. That gave a young artist like myself a lot of visibility. I found sense through my images, and I found personal fulfillment in my life, and that’s what I was looking for.”  

What is your artistic process? How do you work?

“The originality of my work rests in the effects I give to the waves. It is important for me to try and give them a sculptural appearance and to give them volume. In addition to appearance, I like my work to make sense. I hope to transmit the positive energy of the elements to those who view my work. In advance of taking photographs, I continually look at the weather forecast. A certain number of factors must be favorable for me to take good images: the size of the swells, their orientation, and the period during which the wind meets certain criteria. In relation to these elements, I select the beach that is the most favorable and the equipment that is required (telephoto lens or waterproof case). However, even when the conditions are optimal, it is still unpredictable if I will take a photo that I like. That suits me perfectly, I would not thrive if I were able control everything. That’s the price I pay to get images that transcend reality. Because contrary to what a lot of people think, my photos are not retouched. I recently had the chance to come to the attention of an important collector of contemporary art, Charles Saatchi, who acquired an important number of my prints. He plans to show them in the museum at his Saatchi Gallery in London.”

His work is available at Space gallery in Gustavia.

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