Iannis Pledel creates paintings and photography. His work depicts tales of everyday life, desires, drawn from his own experience of reality. He questions the passing of time and the eternal restarting.

He is inspired by mythical scenes from the history of art, mythology, religious history, and also literature, cinema and pop culture to create striking personal works, imbued with his own pictorial aesthetic.

His stylistic technique is based on sets of overlays : the physical and psychic movements are simultaneously painted or photographed in a constant dynamism offering several levels of reading. 

His painting technique is rich in touches inspired by the Old Masters, associated with transparencies and vibrant colours, creating a language of its own in the field of figurative painting. The canvases, constructed on a thread of thought, initially catch the attention through an aesthetic perception. Then, on closer inspection, there emerges a climate of strangeness as seductive as it is threatening. Behind the apparent beauty, whose luminous colours echo, one can detect a certain form of oppression.

Iannis Pledel (b. 1981, France) lives and works in Paris. Painting has been an integral part of Pledel’s life since his childhood. Later he broadened his artistic horizons by studying art photography at the Gobelins school and by learning various printing techniques, such as gelatin silver printing and platinum palladium printing. He also studied epistemology at Sorbonne University in Paris. After receiving his PhD at Sciences-Po Aix he dedicated himself to painting and other art forms. His multidisciplinary approach is a testimony to his multifaceted experience. 

In Floating Souls, a series of oil on seven canvases, he describes the tragic meaning of being, in front of which, everyone clings to his own lifebuoys. He translates into painting these everyday screams that cross the ages. Each day of each week repeats itself in an eternal restarting.

Fragments of Desires combine painting and photography and reveal different planes that enrich each other in a fusion of colors and light. Like our desires and feelings, they are distinguished by their ever-changing dynamism and their enigmatic character. 

In Odyssey he adapted Homer’s Odyssey by bringing the world of today and mythology into dialogue.

In Deadly Sins he associated fairy tales and photography.

He also distinguishes himself with creations for collaborations, especially with Colette Paris or Estée Lauder, makes album covers such as Génération Goldman, Electro Deluxe, Quintette Syntonia or more recently Acquin.

CONTACT

iannis.pledel@gmail.com

 

GALLERIES 

Lumas Galleries

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022, Cultural Center Cresco, Saint-Mandé, France (10 March – 7 April)

2019, Fragments of Desires & Odyssey, La Cale 2 Créateurs Gallery, Nantes, France

2019, Fragments of Desires, Cité des Arts of Chambéry, France

2014, The Parisian Girls, Colette, Paris 1e, France

2014, The Parisian Girls, Le Saturne, Paris 2e, France

2014, Photographs, B Gallery with Betton Town Hall, Rennes, France

2014, Venetian Intrigue, 13 Regards Gallery, Paris 13e, France

2013, Vermilion, B Gallery, Pont-Aven, France

2012, Looks, Zigomar Gallery, Lorient, France

2012, Envy, Saint-Roch Chapel, Argentan, France

 

HONORS

2020, Antoine de Galbert Foundation

PUBLICATIONS

Books in limited editions about the Deadly Sins :

Anger / La Colère – Blue Anger / Colère bleue (Work in progress)

Pride / L’Orgueil – The Little Red Model / Le Petit Modèle Rouge (90 p., 50 photographs), 2016

Envy / L’Envie – Vermilion / Sang Vermillon (170 p., 75 photographs), 2013

CATALOGS & ARTICLES

Catalog of the Cultural Season of St Mandé – Cresco Cultural Center, 2021

Lumas Art Magazine, vol. II, 2020

Le Parisien, article pour la Fresque créée à la Maison Marceau, 2020

Catalogue d’exposition, Cité Internationale des Arts, Xi’an, Chine, 2019

Ouest-France, article pour l’exposition Fragments de désirs et L’Odyssée à la Galerie Cale 2 Créateurs, Nantes, octobre 2019

Catalogue d’exposition, Cité des Arts de Chambéry, 2019

Catalogue d’exposition, Salon d’Automne, 2018

Estée Lauder Pink Ribbon Photo Award, Éditions Xavier Barral, 2017

Normal, Photographie d’Art n° 6, 2015

Le Colette, Catalogue du concept store Colette de Paris n° 11, 2015

Normal, Photographie d’Art n° 5, 2015

Ouest France, Articles pour l’exposition Rétrospective de 5 photographes, Galerie B de Pont-Aven avec la Mairie de Betton, Rennes, octobre 2014

Ouest France et le Journal de l’Orne, Articles pour l’exposition L’Envie, Argentan, octobre 2012

Paris-ci la Culture Magazine, entretien, octobre 2012

TEACHING EXPERIENCES

2020, Painting and drawing lessons, Maison Marceau, Paris 8e

2019, Visiting artist, Cité des Arts of Chambéry