Iannis Pledel is a french painter and photographer. His work depicts tales of everyday life drawn from his own experience of reality.
He talks about desires, fears and the risk of getting lost in them. Fascinated and disturbed by the twists and turns of time, by history repeating itself, Iannis Pledel brings the world of today into resonance with the history of art and mythology.
From his works emerge a beauty specific to the artist with the strength of a luminous palette while revealing an enigmatic atmosphere that never ceases to challenge. Forms reveal themselves and slip away to give way to unexpected spaces.
His aesthetic approach plays with scenes where elements and characters intertwine. His stylistic technique is based on sets of overlays : the physical and psychic movements are simultaneously painted in a constant dynamism offering several levels of reading.
The reflections, transparencies and superimpositions in his painting are designed as windows onto worlds that we glimpse and which escape us. Reality and fiction blend together as an embodiment of the complexities of the human psyche.
Iannis Pledel lives and works in Paris. He is a resident of Le 6B. His career – studies at the Sorbonne, PhD at Sciences-Po Aix, Ecole de l’image Gobelins, learning different pictorial techniques ranging from painting to photography, such as gelatin silver printing and platinum palladium printing – gave him a plural heritage from which he draws to create singular and striking works.
Currently, Iannis Pledel is working on transparency with oil and acrylic paintings. He explores the relationship between interior / exterior. Like a distorting mirror, it is a visual and aesthetic dive into our way of observing.
His oil paintings entitled Floating Souls, which represent each day of the week, question his personal vision of time passing and 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 The 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 collaborations, especially with Colette Paris or Estée Lauder, and with other artists for the realization of creations such as the album covers of Génération Goldman, Electro Deluxe, Quintette Syntonia or more recently Acquin.
Iannis Pledel is a resident of 6b
2022, Art Center Cresco, Saint-Mandé, France (Sept – December)
2022, Dédales, Town Hall, Paris 17e, France (21 march – 30 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 Art Center 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
2020, Antoine de Galbert Foundation
2018, Certificate of artistic merit, Luxembourg Art Prize, Pinacothèque museum
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
2020, Painting and drawing lessons, Maison Marceau, Paris 8e
2019, Visiting artist, Cité des Arts of Chambéry