Art means something different to each person. It’s beauty, it tells a message… But what is it for artist?
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance ~ Aristotle
I would like to thank French artist Piere Chalory for the willingness to do an interview with Friday Feature. Piere is having a very busy September with an exhibit in Le Lavandou, an article in Bold Favor Magazine and then he graciously took time for an interview.
When I originally saw Piere’s art, I was taken back with his surreal effects. My personal favorites are paintings depicting games. I read a commentary about society, the past, present and future. Some how I felt I was viewing a new Salvador Dali. I had no idea about the series that he had painted (in 1998) depicting an attack on New York City. I am grateful for his candor – I hope you can appreciate this gifted contemporary artist.
About 9/11 : The images and a reflection are on a blog I posted yesterday (911) so please visit there if you have not gotten a chance to see them. I asked Piere what it was like to see the towers in NYC come crashing down on 911?
I did not make exhibition (of my Twin Towers series) between 1998 and 2001 until September 2001, therefore, precisely 5 to 30 September 2001, and the day of September 11, 2001, ‘Twin Towers 1998’ was on display ! I have pictures to prove it.
The day of september 11 2001, I saw the crashes and at the time, I was extremely shocked to see the towers collapse like a house of cards! It was not until later in the afternoon that I realized I had a painting of the twin towers on display in a gallery.
In reviewing the painting with its two notches, they were located almost in the exact place of impact of the aircraft., I was more than surprised to have made this drawing more than 3 years before, and the gallerist and a friend were also . Objectively, when I made this painting and the one where I built the Titanic in the port of NYC, another catastrophic symbol, I have no particular view, one could say that only my hands were ‘guided by ‘something’.
Inspiration in this case equals vision/premonition: “It is also clear that when I paint, like any true artist, I’m kind of in a daze, a kind of trance, a fever. This inspiration is reached (and thankfully) from time to time, and then I have to create something, anything. But then, in the case of this picture really amazing, I admit I was a bit overwhelmed by the result.”
Can you tell me about your art and where you started your journey ?
I started painting in 1980, in fact I’ve always drawn and painted since the age of about five years. The surrealistic, sci fi, really popped in my twenties. I do not believe in the surrounding reality that we live every day, and subjective vision of my paintings is deliberately ‘shocking for people( conformists anyway.) Right now, I’m thinking to incorporate a ‘digital vision of my next paintings in oil on canvas. Before making anything, I will create mentally my best projects, which are sort of pre-made prior to their implementation. Today I live in Marseille, but I will be moving soon to a quieter place.
Who are your favorite artists?
My favorite artists are Picasso, Renoir, Da Vinci, Van Gogh. And all the great painters (in general) those who have managed to transcend reality into a personal visual approach and whose work ignores the conventions of an era.
Piere, how are you inspired?
Everything inspires me, color, contrast, a situation, an emotion, then I try to translate in color and shapes that I felt.
When you create what are your favorite subjects?
I have no favorite subjects, except the mystery, the tension between the real and transcendence, spirituality, esotericism. Any object or subject begun normally, then its appearance always ends with a subjective disintegration of common sense, colors and shapes.
Places where you can find the work of Piere Chalory:
So I ask you creative types is there something that we can see or feel that others do not? Are our hands moved to paint or write of events yet to occur? In the case of Piere Chalory, I would say “Yes.” I would also add it is a gift to be handled wisely!!!!
An aside: As I am finalizing this article, I realize when I asked Piere if we could do an interview I was thinking of an early September posting. This was before I knew about his 911 series. I never consider things accidental. Do you???
Gud skaper noko nytt ved sitt Ord og sin Ande, vi kan ta imot det i tru og få oppleve at han gjer sitt verk med oss. Hans skaparkraft verkar konstuktivt i våre liv og skaper noko som er verdifullt for oss. Naturkreftene verkar nedebrytande, i fylgje entropilova, men Gud er Ånd og det som er født av hans Ande består. Jesu frelsesverk er fullbrakt og fullkome. Han er den siste Adam, som er ifrå himmelen og som for oss har vorte ei livgjevande ånd. Han gjev oss den Heilage Ande frå himmelen av berre nåde. Han gjev oss det evige livet.