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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