Following a good collaboration with Carré d'artistes, this artist is now exploring new perspectives.
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“Made a nomad from [his] very early childhood due to [his] father’s work – an industrial engineer – [Nicolas] was always happily apprehensive of the new and the unknown”. It was during his time at university that the young Savoyard would try photography that he would initially work as an independent reporter for several years; this activity would lead him to collaborate with many organisations around the world. Moved by a growing need to let his creative ideas flow freely, as well as the return from a long stay in Congo Brazzaville – where he collaborated with many local artists – Nicolas took the decision in 2012 to no longer dedicate himself solely to the widening of his personal photographic practice.
Set up in the heart of Marseille, in a former ironmonger’s turned into a darkroom, the artist works his images in a “surrealist approach to begin with which doesn’t escape from the figurative”. At the limit between art and photography, he works on his support like a painter works on his canvas, in other words, he invests in it entirely to better comprehend it and thus make the creative act appear. Physically and instinctively intervening on his prints undergoing development, Nicolas seeks to give birth to something other than a simple cliché. As such, from silver bromide gelatine that he combines with card, canvas, paper, fabric or even wood, the artist contrasts the original process to play with the methods, techniques, textures and materials.
Through this resolutely contemporary approach, Nicolas successfully gives a true plasticity to his images and hence provides his works with a rare power that is just as visual as it is poetic.