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Pierre David

Born in: 1957

France

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Biography

Born in 1957 in Chamonix, Pierre David lives and works in Lyon. Painter and set designer for museums and theater, his work belong mainly to the field of decorative arts.

Pierre David lives and creates the same was Renaissance artists used to do, and this is why he works mainly "on commission". The city of Chambery in France owes him a part of its charm. Through a pictorial research informed by decorative arts - the use of the gold leaf and the mural -, the artist explores a timeless issue: our relationship with the representation of the living and of the dead.

Since a few years, his painting is structured depending on the places with which it creates a dialog. Pierre David co-founded, in 1982, the MIAMI group with Chantal Choulet and Jean-Luc Rota-Bulo. They painted the multiple trompe l'oeils in public spaces in Chambéry. The city resembles now a small Italian town and exudes a certain French Dolce Vita atmosphere, between painted facades and fountains.

"A few years ago, deciding to use exclusively the gold leaf and the mural, i wanted to bring together my two activities of artist and decorator. These two materials, derived from the decorative arts, interested me for their historical and emotional dimension. The gold leaf, which was used very early in sacred art, confers instantly to any image a quasi-religious feeling; the mural connects my work to architecture. The contrast between the brilliance of the gold and the roughness of the mural creates a great visual tension. They are very sensual, but also very difficult materials."

- Pierre David in "Vanities", catalog, published by the FACIM and the ODAC for an intervention in baroque churches.

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