Conquer the fear of the unfamiliar and the unfathomable and look below the surface to discover a world of serenity-inducing colour, entrancing light patterns of celestial beauty and deep, wonderful mystery.
My art emerges from a deep calling for the sea.
This was no easy calling as the sea originally was a source of terror. But irresistibly drawn, I persevered until the point where, after many years, I became able to look around not only without fear, but with utter wonder.
I began taking underwater pictures in 2013, with a particular interest in frozen water motion, light and water effects, caustics, solar flares, blurs, flowing patterns and natural gradients from deep blue to darkness which point the unexplored vastness below the sea.
From early 2015 I started to produce quality photographs and in the past year, to digitally combine photography and drawing. The result is a combination of the sea and the cosmos, notably Deep Blue Cosmos, driven by an endless fascination for the similarities between outer space and the abyss: limitless and hostile wildernesses, light-studded spans of darkness, weightlessness, loss of spatial direction, immense and inexhaustible wonder.
More recently I have started to produce purely digital abstract art, inspired from near or afar by the ocean and a sense of oneness with the elements.
All my pictures are taken free diving, the vast majority of them off wild beaches in the South of France. The freedom of weightlessness, the serenity of free diving, a profound sense of oneness with nature leading to aesthetic contemplation, and a deep calling which we all can feel for the sea: these are all things that I seek to convey in my work.
I’m French, living both in France and in the UK.
chxli refers to that monument of philosophy, Chapter XLI (41) of Schopenhauer's Second Volume of The World as Will and Representation, always present in my mind and soul, though of equal importance and perhaps even more so recently, is the poetic contemplation of our oneness with nature so beautifully expressed in Friedrich Holderlin's Hyperion.
For the curious, you can read Schopenhauer's Chapter XLI here (go straight to page 238 of 350 of the pdf, or 463 of 697 of the paper book).