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States of Matter

When we talk about states of matter, the first states to come to mind are, of course, solid, liquid and gas. Unsurprising, as we learn about the changes in the properties of water due to temperature from a very young age! However, whilst there are very few states of matter in strictly scientific terms, when it comes to art, there are countless different textures. For example, powder, vapour, smoke, as well as bubbles, frost, crystals, magma… Often, the discrepancy between perception and reality, or between the various levels of interpretation of an artwork, renders the limits between states of matter rather permeable. As such, an oil painting can seem to be evaporating into thin air and a bronze sculpture can look as if it's melting and pouring down to the ground.

In our physical world, each material is likely to vary in shape, density, texture, appearance and colour, depending on environmental factors. The same way that water solidifies, becomes opaque and takes up more volume with cold temperatures, a piece of metal will take on a liquid form and a lustrous, glossy shine under white fire. The very process of transformation between two states is fascinating. Imagine the crystallisation between liquid and solid, droplets beading as solid becomes liquid, and the simmering of a liquid surface as it slowly transforms into gas… No wonder artists are inspired by it!

In Romain Langlois' sculpture, the metal, still thick, liquefies between two slabs of stone. In Seb Janiak's interpretation, liquid becomes still, as if turned solid through the effects of gravity. Looking to the work of Rhea Standke, the viewer finds themselves in the middle of a cloud of smoke, while with Michael Grine, it's as if the smoke has embedded itself into the paper.

The works of art that play with the states of matter have a very distinctive visual effect, which draws its strength from the beauty of nature. Deeper and more raw than a landscape painting, such a work establishes a direct connection between the viewer and the natural laws that govern our world. In the same way that a man feels small upon looking at a mountain or a starry sky, the viewer is drawn in by the intensity of an artwork that is inspired by a state of matter.

Powerful and original, the works in our selection will bring a unique dimension to any interior. In trompe-l'œil fashion as a statement piece on a neutral wall, or in a carefully-chosen room as a playful nod to its properties (like a liquid sculpture in a bathroom!), it will certainly be the catalyst of many fascinating conversations.

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Rachel Arif, Flame, Painting

Rachel Arif

Flame, 2019
16 x 16 x 3 inch
Painting

$ 740

Yrjö Edelmann, Wrapped Moët & Chandon, Sculpture

Yrjö Edelmann

Wrapped Moët & Chandon, 1999
15.4 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$ 9,250

Alison Johnson, Flight of Fancy, Print

Alison Johnson

Flight of Fancy, 2017
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.2 inch
Print

$ 404

Severine Dietrich, Blocs, Painting

Severine Dietrich

Blocs, 2020
15.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,480

Grégory Berben, Monochrome, Painting

Grégory Berben

Monochrome, 2017
24 x 19.3 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,912

Our recommendations Anita Molinero, Croûûûte Criarde (acryliquée), Sculpture

Anita Molinero

Croûûûte Criarde (acryliquée), 2016
29.1 x 26.4 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 12,333

Angela Morris-Winmill, Celestial, Painting

Angela Morris-Winmill

Celestial, 2020
48 x 48 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 7,736

Romain Langlois, Attraction de l'espace II, Sculpture

Romain Langlois

Attraction de l'espace II, 2018
24 x 25.2 x 19.3 inch
Sculpture

$ 30,833

Sebastian Murra, What you don´t see, Painting

Sebastian Murra

What you don´t see, 1990
39.4 x 22 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 1,973

1010, Floating Landscapes_07, Painting

1010

Floating Landscapes_07, 2019
39.4 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$ 8,633

Andrée Cazin, Embrasement, Painting

Andrée Cazin

Embrasement, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 3,700

Our recommendations Christopher Lavenair, The sun 2, Photography

Christopher Lavenair

The sun 2, 2012
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 1,542

Olivier Valsecchi, Dust #1, Photography

Olivier Valsecchi

Dust #1, 2009
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 3,700

Ksncart, Depth, Painting

Ksncart

Depth, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 2,127

Viktor Polson, Carpaccio, Print

Viktor Polson

Carpaccio, 2017
29.5 x 43.3 x 2 inch
Print

$ 2,220

Christian  Renonciat, Couverture en paquet, Sculpture

Christian Renonciat

Couverture en paquet, 2019
7.1 x 17.7 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$ 9,250

Lubomir Letko, Splash of Colors - untitled, Photography

Lubomir Letko

Splash of Colors - untitled, 2017
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$ 1,850

Evgeniya Buravleva, Brouillard, Painting

Evgeniya Buravleva

Brouillard, 2017
47.2 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 4,502

Dasha Kudinova, Untitled, Painting

Dasha Kudinova

Untitled, 2018
78.7 x 59.1 inch
Painting

$ 10,853

Romain Rivière, House Plate Red, Photography

Romain Rivière

House Plate Red, 2013
19.7 x 27.6 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$ 3,700

Jan Kaláb, Melting Sky, Painting

Jan Kaláb

Melting Sky, 2020
38.2 x 43.3 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 9,496

Jan Kaláb, Atomic Red Bubble, Painting

Jan Kaláb

Atomic Red Bubble, 2019
43.3 x 79.9 inch
Painting

$ 12,321

Yrjö Edelmann, Dimensional analysis of green powder fields, Print

Yrjö Edelmann

Dimensional analysis of green powder fields, 2012
27.2 x 24 inch
Print

$ 925

Michaël Brack, Méduse, Painting

Michaël Brack

Méduse, 2012
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Painting

$ 493

Sylvie Guyomard, ZO I (SG144), Sculpture

Sylvie Guyomard

ZO I (SG144), 2019
7.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$ 222

Michael Grine, Thermal Break, Painting

Michael Grine

Thermal Break, 2020
14 x 11 x 0.875 inch
Painting

$ 200

Philippe Berry, Splash violet, Sculpture

Philippe Berry

Splash violet, 2006
27.6 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$ 9,743

Ellis, Quarry Abstract, IV, Sculpture

Ellis

Quarry Abstract, IV, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,070

Emilie Serris, Renaissance d'une colonne vertébrale, Painting

Emilie Serris

Renaissance d'une colonne vertébrale, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,172

Viktoria Ganhao, Elements. III Fire, Painting

Viktoria Ganhao

Elements. III Fire, 2020
47.2 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,677

Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic, Head in a cloud, Photography

Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic

Head in a cloud, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$ 543

Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic, Les femmes nuageuses, Photography

Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic

Les femmes nuageuses, 2019
35.4 x 35.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$ 592

Ian Lawrence, Aegean, Painting

Ian Lawrence

Aegean, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 2,960

Seb Janiak, Gravity liquid 58 (Large), Photography

Seb Janiak

Gravity liquid 58 (Large), 2015
63 x 49.4 inch
Photography

$ 8,073

Our recommendations Seb Janiak, Gravity - Bulle d’air 04 (Large), Photography

Seb Janiak

Gravity - Bulle d’air 04 (Large), 2013
63 x 49.2 inch
Photography

$ 8,073

Marcin Kowalik, Flower, Painting

Marcin Kowalik

Flower, 2017
47.2 x 55.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 4,810

Seb Janiak, Gravity Liquid 02 (Medium), Photography

Seb Janiak

Gravity Liquid 02 (Medium), 2014
43.3 x 33.9 inch
Photography

$ 4,709

Angela Morris-Winmill, Swell, Painting

Angela Morris-Winmill

Swell, 2020
48 x 72 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 8,544

Grégoire Soussan, Smoke, Photography

Grégoire Soussan

Smoke, 2017
47.2 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$ 4,810

Klem, Sarö, Painting

Klem

Sarö, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 x 1.4 inch
Painting

$ 99

Rhea Standke, Diamond Sky, Painting

Rhea Standke

Diamond Sky, 2017
37.4 x 29.5 inch
Painting

$ 4,550

Romain Langlois, Contenant, Sculpture

Romain Langlois

Contenant, 2014
22.4 x 41.7 x 14.2 inch
Sculpture

$ 23,433

Viktor Polson, Fauve, Print

Viktor Polson

Fauve, 2017
29.5 x 43.3 x 2 inch
Print

$ 2,220

Dadodu, Spiral Curves, Print

Dadodu

Spiral Curves, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$ 555

Sergiusz Powalka, Tatra Mountains IV, Painting

Sergiusz Powalka

Tatra Mountains IV, 2019
35.4 x 59.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 3,083

Marina Gadonneix, Phénomènes, Untitled (Volcano eruption #5), Photography

Marina Gadonneix

Phénomènes, Untitled (Volcano eruption #5), 2019
11.4 x 8.8 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$ 173

Darya Hancharova, Impermanence, Painting

Darya Hancharova

Impermanence, 2018
47.2 x 59.1 inch
Painting

$ 1,973

Susan Cavaliere, Rose, Painting

Susan Cavaliere

Rose, 2016
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 605

Renaud Bihi, Olga, Sculpture

Renaud Bihi

Olga, 2020
20.5 x 43.3 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 5,155

Antonio Mora, The Goblin, Print

Antonio Mora

The Goblin, 2019
59.1 x 39.4 inch
Print

$ 802

David Sprakes, Corroded Triangle, Sculpture

David Sprakes

Corroded Triangle, 2020
9.1 x 7.9 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$ 605

Françoise Utrel, Empilement 03, Painting

Françoise Utrel

Empilement 03, 2016
45.7 x 35 inch
Painting

$ 4,440

Annick Beaulieu, Corrosion, Painting

Annick Beaulieu

Corrosion, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.6 inch
Painting

$ 2,713

Le Silo, Libération #1, Photography

Le Silo

Libération #1, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 308

Patricia Guinois Messica, Dualité, Sculpture

Patricia Guinois Messica

Dualité, 2020
12.2 x 16.5 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$ 8,386

Le Silo, The office Room#2, Photography

Le Silo

The office Room#2, 2013
34.6 x 41.7 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$ 2,960

Kerstin Paillard, Archipelago Sky IV, Painting

Kerstin Paillard

Archipelago Sky IV, 2019
29.9 x 22 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$ 1,850

Christian  Renonciat, Papier déplié 16 plis, Sculpture

Christian Renonciat

Papier déplié 16 plis, 2019
62.2 x 63.4 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$ 27,133

Nasreddine Bennacer, Je respire sous l'eau, Painting

Nasreddine Bennacer

Je respire sous l'eau, 2019
21.7 x 21.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 6,167

Felenzi, Unda, Painting

Felenzi

Unda, 2019
35.4 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 2,960

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