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About Iannis PledelIn his series Fragments of Desire Iannis Pledel depicts a continuous change. His creations manifest powerful emotions with their various movements and deviations. Just like desire, his work is characterized by constant dynamism, they can be light, they can be dark, often they have an affinity for the unknown. Iannis Pledel merges painting and photography to create artworks with various
In his series Fragments of Desire Iannis Pledel depicts a continuous change. His creations manifest powerful emotions with their various movements and deviations. Just like desire, his work is characterized by constant dynamism, they can be light, they can be dark, often they have an affinity for the unknown.
Iannis Pledel merges painting and photography to create artworks with various levels that each complement and complete one another. This complex multilayered process allows for such a rich variety of interpretation that the works can be likened with and make reference to other art forms, such as cinema or literature. Just like the silhouettes, the viewers gaze upon the work, and its expression, will change.
Painting has been an integral part of Pledel’s life since his childhood. Later he broadened his artistic horizons by learning various printing techniques, such as silver printing and platinum palladium printing. He studied photography, graphic design, as well as epistemology at Sorbonne University in Paris. After receiving his doctorate at the Sciences-Po Aix he returned to his artistic and creative roots and dedicated himself to painting and other art forms. His multidisciplinary approach is a testimony to his multifaceted career and experience.
Today, Pedel is an internationally sought-after artist. He has worked with major magazines and brands, like Colette Paris and Estée Lauder. His art has also been admired in the music industry, as he has created several successful album covers.
Pledel’s new series of large-format artworks, Inside Out, blurs line between the exterior and interior worlds. Within the same image, they simultaneously depict Parisian street facades and intimate views into the rooms beyond. These curious, evocative paintings capture everyday scenes, heightened by a personal and inviting atmosphere.
Pledel’s painting style at times mimics the visual language of street photography, softening the surrealist tone of his overlapping subjects with a naturalistic lighting. The power of the works lies in their effortless blending of the realistic and the impossible, Pledel masterfully combining shapes, scenes and forms in these meditative works. The effect is transfixing, depicting a world at once familiar and entirely new.
This new series of paintings was inspired by Pledel’s time in Paris. Through a studied artistic technique, he consolidates wildly divergent ideas, imagery and concepts into cohesive and compelling images. His works open up a dialog with the history of art, and in particular, traditional still life painting. Pledel playfully deconstructs the genre, reframing it in his own unique vision, and brought to life by his technical prowess.
2015 Art School, Ecole de l’Image Gobelins, Paris 2009 PhD Sciences-Po Aix 2004 Sorbonne University Paris
2023 Inside Out, Art Center Cresco, Saint-Mandé, France (June) 2022
Floating Souls, Art Center Cresco, Saint-Mandé, France (Sept to December)
Dédales, Town Hall, Paris 17e, France
Fragments of Desires & Odyssey, La Cale 2 Créateurs Gallery, Nantes, France
Fragments of Desires, Cité des Arts of Chambéry, France
The Parisian Girls, Colette, Paris 1e, France
The Parisian Girls, Le Saturne, Paris 2e, France
Photographs, B Gallery with Art Center Betton Town Hall, Rennes, France
Venetian Intrigue, 13 Regards Gallery, Paris 13e, France
2013 Vermilion, B Gallery, Pont-Aven, France 2012
Looks, Zigomar Gallery, Lorient, France
Envy, Saint-Roch Chapel, Argentan, France
2020-2023 Lumas Galleries, 25 sites : Berlin-Germany, London-UK, Toronto-Canada, New-York-US, Zurich-Swiss, Paris-France, Budapest-Hungary, Vienna-Austria, Melbourne-Australia, etc. 2020
Lumas Galleries, Online studio tour for Take Off Event, Toronto, Canada
Mural painting, Maison Marceau, Paris 8e, France
Sophie Leiser Gallery, Paris 6e, France
Contemporary Art Show during FIAC, Sophie Leiser Gallery, Paris 1er, France
International City of Arts, Museum of Xi’an, China
ArtExpo, Ruffieux-Bril Gallery, Chambéry, France
Modulations Festival, Cité des Arts, Chambéry, France
2018 Salon d’Automne, Champs-Élysées Grand Palais, Paris 8e, France 2014 Bettina Gallery, Paris 6e, France 2012 Estée Lauder and Pink Ribbon, InterContinental Le Grand Hotel, Paris 9e, France