André Pharel

Born in 1956 - France


Born in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, André Pharel is a French photographer.

This self-taught artist has been taking photos since his childhood years. When he was only 23, he won the annual competition of PHOTO magazine, which allowed him to display his work and meet Willy Ronis. He encouraged him to continue his passion simultaneously while teaching.

Since the 80's, André Pharel has given up black and white photography and opted for Cibachrome prints. He defines himself as a photographer or little landscapes, taking pictures of narrow places, giving them an immense look. He portrays magnanimity and beauty.

To create his poetic work, the artist is mainly inspired by the landscapes of his region, where water is the main focus of his work and is used to change our vision on material. The play on transparency and reflects are made possible due to his expert hand on light.

André Pharel offers a new look which is more primitive and less intellectualized, getting man closer to nature in order to rediscover immediate perceptions.

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1984 Studio Ethel - Paris
1986 héâtre municipal - Orange
1988 - 1989 Galerie Archipel - l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Galerie Fontaine Obscure - Aix en Provence
1990 Serc - Lyon
1991 Galerie 3.14 - Laon, Galerie Archipel - l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Festival « Identités Méditerranée » - Aix en Provence
1992 Centre culturel de l’Yonne - Sens, Bild Fotogalerie - Aarau (CH)
1993 Ilford Fotogalerie 68 - Hoensbroek (NL), Château - Gordes
1994 Centre culturel la Coupole - Combs la Ville, Bild fotogalerie - Aarau (CH) - exposition collective
1995 Centre culturel - Huy (B), Musée Nicéphore Niepce - Châlon sur Saone - exposition collective
1997 Festival « Photofolies » - Rodez
2000 Galerie Municipale du Château d’eau - Toulouse -
2002 Parcours de l’Art - Avignon
2003 Maison René Char - Campredon - l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
2006 Galerie de la Gare « 4 artistes en Luberon » - Bonnieux Cette dernière exposition entraîne la décision de revenir sur la
scène avec des projets d’expositions personnelles. Il ouvre à son domicile un atelier d’artiste.
2007 Inauguration à Lagnes de l’atelier
2008 Exposition des « ... autres bosquets » dans l’atelier de Lagnes.
2008 Exposition des « ... autres bosquets » et de quelques « rélexions dans un jardin », en écho avec des statues de Bouddhas viet-
namiens du 18e siècle, dans l’atelier de Lagnes.
2009 Exposition de la dernière saison et du quadriptyque N°1 dans l’atelier / Galerie Ounouh - l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
2010 Exposition de sculptures photographiques « Jalons » à la Fondation Villa Datris - l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
Galerie Richard Nicolet - Coustellet. / Exposition d’une nouvelle série « Le point de bascule » dans l’atelier.
2011 Fondation Villa Datris - l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - exposition collective / Exposition « Eclats » dans l’atelier.

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