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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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1010, Floating Landscapes_07, Painting

1010

Floating Landscapes_07, 2019
39.4 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$8,434

Juliette Leperlier, Vice Versa II, Sculpture

Juliette Leperlier

Vice Versa II, 2018
5.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,133

Grégory Berben, Monochrome, Painting

Grégory Berben

Monochrome, 2017
24 x 19.3 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,868

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

$1,928

Romain Langlois, Contenant, Sculpture

Romain Langlois

Contenant, 2014
22.4 x 41.7 x 14.2 inch
Sculpture

$22,772

Susan Cavaliere, Rose, Painting

Susan Cavaliere

Rose, 2016
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$635

Michael Levchenko, Morfing of Memory, Sculpture

Michael Levchenko

Morfing of Memory, 2020
34.3 x 16.5 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$6,400

Dasha Kudinova, Untitled, Painting

Dasha Kudinova

Untitled, 2018
78.7 x 59.1 inch
Painting

$10,603

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

$6,024

Gernot Wimmer, Covid-19, Print

Gernot Wimmer

Covid-19, 2020
29.5 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Print

$5,060

Romain Rivière, House Plate Red, Photography

Romain Rivière

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

$3,615

Olivier Valsecchi, Dust #1, Photography

Olivier Valsecchi

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

$3,615

Yrjö Edelmann, Dimensional analysis of green powder fields, Print

Yrjö Edelmann

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

$904

Sergiusz Powalka, Tatra Mountains IV, Painting

Sergiusz Powalka

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

$3,012

Henri  Iglésis, Petit Bonhomme rouge chrome f1, Sculpture

Henri Iglésis

Petit Bonhomme rouge chrome f1, 2019
17.7 x 9.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

5,000 - $ 10,000

Ian Lawrence, Aegean, Painting

Ian Lawrence

Aegean, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,106

David Sprakes, Corroded Triangle, Sculpture

David Sprakes

Corroded Triangle, 2020
9.1 x 7.9 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$635

Angela Morris-Winmill, Celestial, Painting

Angela Morris-Winmill

Celestial, 2020
48 x 48 x 2 inch
Painting

$8,119

Michael Grine, Thermal Break, Painting

Michael Grine

Thermal Break, 2020
14 x 11 x 0.875 inch
Painting

$200

Ellis, Quarry Abstract, IV, Sculpture

Ellis

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

$1,123

Klaudia Lata, Untitled VII (Spheres), Painting

Klaudia Lata

Untitled VII (Spheres), 2019
55.1 x 78.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,217

Marcin Kowalik, Flower, Painting

Marcin Kowalik

Flower, 2017
47.2 x 55.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,699

Patricia Guinois Messica, Dualité, Sculpture

Patricia Guinois Messica

Dualité, 2020
12.2 x 16.5 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$7,470

Evgeniya Buravleva, Brouillard, Painting

Evgeniya Buravleva

Brouillard, 2017
47.2 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,880

Seb Janiak, Gravity Liquid 02 (Medium), Photography

Seb Janiak

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

$4,942

Christian  Renonciat, Papier déplié 16 plis, Sculpture

Christian Renonciat

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

$26,507

Felenzi, Unda, Painting

Felenzi

Unda, 2019
35.4 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,892

Gérard Fournier, Sans titre, Sculpture

Gérard Fournier

Sans titre, 2019
7.9 x 15.7 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$3,133

Our recommendations Michaël Brack, Méduse, Painting

Michaël Brack

Méduse, 2012
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Painting

$482

Viktoria Ganhao, Elements. III Fire, Painting

Viktoria Ganhao

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

$1,639

Alison Johnson, Flight of Fancy, Print

Alison Johnson

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

$424

Antonio Mora, The Goblin, Print

Antonio Mora

The Goblin, 2019
59.1 x 39.4 inch
Print

$783

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

$1,145

Humberto Lemos, Volcanic 3, Photography

Humberto Lemos

Volcanic 3, 2019
23.6 x 35.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,807

Dadodu, Spiral Curves, Print

Dadodu

Spiral Curves, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$542

Coarse, Meltdown- Anatomy, Sculpture

Coarse

Meltdown- Anatomy, 2019
12 x 12 x 16 inch
Sculpture

$2,000

Guillaume Roche, Spyrite 3, Sculpture

Guillaume Roche

Spyrite 3, 2018
16.1 x 13.8 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$6,988

Guillaume Roche, Spyrite 5, Sculpture

Guillaume Roche

Spyrite 5, 2018
12.2 x 9.8 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$3,494

Simon Bacon, A Mother's Gaze, Sculpture

Simon Bacon

A Mother's Gaze, 2020
16.9 x 8.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$10,590

Simon Bacon, 'Seeing Beyond', Sculpture

Simon Bacon

'Seeing Beyond', 2020
5.5 x 2.4 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$3,248

Kerstin Paillard, Archipelago Sky IV, Painting

Kerstin Paillard

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

$1,807

Ana Daganzo, Transmutation #4, Photography

Ana Daganzo

Transmutation #4, 2018
5.1 x 7.1 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$482

Klem, Sarö, Painting

Klem

Sarö, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 x 1.4 inch
Painting

$96

Our recommendations Christopher Lavenair, The sun 2, Photography

Christopher Lavenair

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

$1,506

Catherine Clare (Khépra), Golden pineapple, Sculpture

Catherine Clare (Khépra)

Golden pineapple, 2017
10.6 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$904

Hervé Larrieu (Gabadiko Ahotza), Amor fati, l'amour du destin, Sculpture

Hervé Larrieu (Gabadiko Ahotza)

Amor fati, l'amour du destin, 2021
6.3 x 9.8 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,807

B Luna, Satellite view, Painting

B Luna

Satellite view, 2010
39.6 x 28.7 x 1 inch
Painting

$1,205

Olesia Dvorak-Galik, Do you hear me?, Sculpture

Olesia Dvorak-Galik

Do you hear me?, 2019
3.5 x 6.3 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$300

Rhea Standke, Diamond Sky, Painting

Rhea Standke

Diamond Sky, 2017
37.4 x 29.5 inch
Painting

$4,550

Terzo Yan, Une femme, Sculpture

Terzo Yan

Une femme, 2018
19.7 x 2 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$4,819 $6,023

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

$169

Terzo Yan, Quasimodo, Sculpture

Terzo Yan

Quasimodo, 2007
9.8 x 7.9 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$3,615

Grégoire Soussan, Smoke, Photography

Grégoire Soussan

Smoke, 2017
47.2 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$4,699

Claude Guillaumin, Carrelage bleu, Photography

Claude Guillaumin

Carrelage bleu, 2010
39 x 26 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$3,615

Yiyan Zhou, Écorce Greffée, Sculpture

Yiyan Zhou

Écorce Greffée, 2019
15 x 5.1 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$12,049

Georges Saulterre, N°026, Sculpture

Georges Saulterre

N°026, 2005
22.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,832

Georges Saulterre, N°151, Sculpture

Georges Saulterre

N°151, 2005
23.6 x 19.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$20,483

Philippe Buil, La montagne Yogi III, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

La montagne Yogi III, 2021
10.2 x 6.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,145

Philippe Buil, Bombe spray bleu blanc mer, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Bombe spray bleu blanc mer, 2019
9.1 x 9.1 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Gilbert Frizon, Ex-tension XXVII, Sculpture

Gilbert Frizon

Ex-tension XXVII, 2016
8.7 x 15.7 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,108

Viktor Polson, Fauve, Print

Viktor Polson

Fauve, 2017
29.5 x 43.3 x 2 inch
Print

$2,169

Viktor Polson, Carpaccio, Print

Viktor Polson

Carpaccio, 2017
29.5 x 43.3 x 2 inch
Print

$2,169

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