• SOPHIE CHIR

    Choreographer of colour

  • WORKS

    COLLIDING 98 - 54x65 cm - Acrylic painting on linen & resin

    COLLIDING 100 - 60x73 cm - Acrylic painting on linen & resin

    COLLIDING 63 - 60x73 cm - Acrylic painting on linen & resin

    COLLIDING 105 - 130x162 cm - Acrylic painting on linen

     

    COLLIDING 62 - 85x110 cm - Acrylic painting on linen & lacquer

     

    COLLIDING 104 - 130x162 cm - Acrylic painting on linen & lacquer

    COLLIDING 106 - 130x162 cm - Acrylic painting on linen & lacquer

    COLLIDING 101 - 130x162 cm - Acrylic painting on linen

    COLLIDING 74 - 100x148 cm - Acrylic painting on linen & lacquer

    COLLIDING 13 - 72x53 cm - Acrylic painting on linen & lacquer

    COLLIDING 3 - 110x80 cm - Acrylic painting on linen & lacquer

    COLLIDING 11 - 98x98 cm - Acrylic painting on linen & lacquer

    COLLIDING 12 - 98x98 cm - Acrylic painting on linen & lacquer

    COLLIDING 52 - 152x98 cm - Acrylic painting on linen & lacquer

    COLLIDING 61 - 114x162cm - Acrylic painting on linen & lacquer

    COLLIDING 51 - 97x147cm - Acrylic painting & lacquer

    COLLIDING 53 - 97x97 cm - Acrylic painting on linen & lacquer

    COLLIDING 5 - 98x150 cm - Acrylic painting on linen & lacquer

    COLLIDING 10 - 57x72 cm - Acrylic painting on linen & lacquer

    COLLIDING 15 - 62x72 cm - Peinture acrylique sur toile de lin & résine

    COLLIDING 13 - 53x72 cm - Acrylic painting on linen & lacquer

    Details COLLIDING - Acrylic painting

    Details COLLIDING - Acrylic painting

    Details COLLIDING - Acrylic painting

    Details COLLIDING - Acrylic painting

    Details COLLIDING - Acrylic painting

    Details COLLIDING - Acrylic painting

    Details COLLIDING - Acrylic painting

    Details COLLIDING - Acrylic painting

    Details COLLIDING - Acrylic painting

    Details COLLIDING - Acrylic painting

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Sophie Chir lives and works in Paris.

    The artist creates works that evoke calligraphy or a world of flowers.

    She draws inspiration from the flashy colours of mangas, the street art, as well as her experience at Maison Lemarié, one of the last surviving houses specialising in feathers and fabric flowers, which produced, for example, Chanel's iconic Camélia and which works for the greatest fashion houses.

    Her main source of inspiration is music, however, as Sophie is a synesthete (1) jut like Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Mitchell, David Hockney, Charles Baudelaire, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder and Marilyn Monroe...

    Sophie Chir's creations invite us to share a sensorial experience that is both rhythmic and sensual, rooted in her ability to involuntarily and automatically associate sounds with colours.

    She creates a kind of musical happening behind the closed doors of her studio, for which she prepares for days or even weeks by listening non-stop to the same music.

    The way she paints involves projecting paint with a palette knife to produce collisions of colours (2).

    Like a ball that has been thrown, the painting whirls and bounces, juxtaposes or superimposes, creating countless details and instances of relief and contrast, developing areas of flatness and depth, and exploring the third dimension.

    Sophie produces her works in a single session, adopting the principle of never retouching them.

    She considers as successful only the paintings that present a large number of "perfect" details.

    Hers is a form of action painting that conjures up visual choreographies that are rich in colours and emotions.

     

    (1) Synesthesia is a rare neurological phenomenon which connects two senses. In Sophie's case, sounds are transformed into colours.

     

    (2) The term "Colliding", which the artist uses to refer to her paintings, comes from her technique, which involves making colours collide.

     

     

  • CURRICULUM VITAE

    2018

    Galerie Menouar - Paris, France

    Galerie Perahia - Paris, France

     

    2017

    Galerie Menouar - Paris, France

    Galerie Perahia - Paris, France

    Cobra Art Gallery - Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Fidal Fiducie (Law firm) - Paris, France

    PricewaterHouseCoopers (Audit firm) - Paris, France

    World Art Dubaï - United Arab Emirates

     

    2016

    Galerie Menouar - Paris, France

    Galerie Perahia - Paris, France

    Galerie Marciano Rivoli - Paris, France

    Art3F Art fair - Galerie Inné'Art - Paris, France

    City Hall - Thiais, France

    PricewaterHouseCoopers (Audit firm) - Paris, France

    Herbert Smith Freehill (Law firm) - Paris, France

    Roche (Pharmaceutical company) - Paris, France

     

    2015

    Galerie Marciano Rivoli - Paris, France

    Art3F Art fair - Galerie Inné'Art - Mulhouse, France

    Piasa Auction house - Paris, France (contemporary art charity auction in favour of the Association France India Karnataka)

    Roche (Pharmaceutical company) - Paris, France

     

    2014

    Galerie Marciano Rivoli - Paris, France

    GMAC Art fair - Paris, France

    SIAC Art fair - Marseille, France

     

    2013

    GMAC Art fair - Paris, France

  • PAST EXHIBITIONS

    Galerie Menouar - Paris, 2017

    Galerie Menouar - Paris, 2017

    Galerie Menouar - Paris, 2017

    Galerie Menouar - Paris, 2017

    Cobra Art Gallery - Amsterdam, 2017

    Galerie Perahia - Paris, 2016

    Galerie Perahia - Paris, 2017

    Galerie Perahia - Paris, 2017

    Galerie Perahia - Paris, 2016

    Galerie Marciano Rivoli - Paris, 2014

    Galerie Marciano Rivoli - Paris, 2014

    Fidal Fiducie - Paris, 2017

    Fidal Fiducie - Paris, 2017

    PriceWaterHouseCoopers - Paris, 2017

    Strasbourg, 2016

    Strasbourg, 2016

    Strasbourg, 2016

  • TEXTS AND PRESS

    INTERVIEW SCHOOL BOOK

    School book "QUARTIER FRANÇAIS 6" - Ed. Pelckmans - 2017

    The article "Synesthesia, the secret of the artists" - illustrated by one painting of Sophie Chir - and the interview of Sophie Chir are realised by Stéphanie Pelinski, co-authour of "Quartier Français 6".

    This book is intended for the students of the high school's final years who are learning French in Flemish Belgium.

    TEXT CRITIC ART

    Synesthete & Choreographer of Colour - 2015

    Marion Zilio

    Curator, art critic and cultural mediator

    Doctor of aesthetics and science and technology in the arts

     

    Sophie Chir works and lives in Paris.

    Sophie Chir’s painting is akin to both lyrical abstraction, whose desire for pure expression and intuitive form she embraces, and informal art that gives complete freedom to unexpected collisions between colours and materials.

    Her electrifying compositions, alternating thickly applied colour and areas of transparency, produce a sensorial experience that is both rhythmic and sensuous and which literally immerses us in the painting. Sophie draws this propensity for immersion from her ability to associate sounds and colours in an involuntary and automatic way: she is a synesthete (1), like Wassily Kandinsky or Arthur Rimbaud, for instance. This rare neurological phenomenon connects two senses: here music—necessary to the artist’s creative process—is transformed into colour. This translation of sound into touches of colour is related to a mechanism that links a perceptive body to a reality that is then interpreted via a unique, multimodal form. Sophie Chir produces a richly colourful visual choreography that also reflects a heightened sensitivity to the way space is organised on canvas.

    The Colliding series, for example, is made up of little piles of colour colliding to the sound of music, creating an “informal” aesthetic that veers towards abstraction. But unlike Pollock, her technique does not involve “dripping” the paint : it is whipped, beaten, or thrown with a knife to organise encounters between colours. Like a thrown ball, the paint flies, bounces, juxtaposes and superimposes itself, creating not only countless details but also areas of relief and contrast that produce different grounds and depths. Although the paint goes beyond the frame, the aim is not to cover the entire surface of the painting. On the contrary, Sophie is careful to leave areas of empty space, moving away from the notion of a motif or the flat repetitiveness of “all-over” painting. Her work reflects a desire to experiment with another dimension: the kind of weightlessness that can be sensed so powerfully in the Zero-G series (Zero Gravity). Made of Plexiglas panels hanging several centimetres away from the wall, these compositions seem to defy gravity, confusing us with their opacity and transparency, making us lose our way and absorbing us completely. Lines of force are embodied in a relationship between the material and the intangible, the visible and the invisible, substance and void.

    By covering her paintings in smooth translucent resin, inspired by Chinese lacquering techniques, Sophie reactivates a certain aesthetic of fluids that is somewhat reminiscent of Japanese mannerism. Influenced by the world of the manga with its flashy colours, and more broadly by Oriental tradition with its carefully balanced compositions, her paintings are alive with abstract, potential energy. As in Japanese culture, stillness always expresses movement, a life force or a vital impetus. Emptiness inhabits substance and vice versa, while the almost mirror-like surface effects of her paintings trigger endless variations that catch the eye as it moves deeper into the work, awakening a feeling of serene plenitude. In this sense, her work seems closer to landscape painting than abstract art, although here we are witnessing an inner landscape.


    (1) The term synaesthesia comes from the Greek syn (“with”, expressing union) and aesthesis (“sensation”).

    PRESS THIAIS MAGAZINE

    "Les peintures de Sophie Chir illuminent l'Hôtel de Ville" - 2016

    Article published in Thiais magazine on the occasion of Sophie Chir's exhibition in the city hall of Thiais.

    INTERVIEW FIK MAGAZINE

    "Découvrez l'envers du décor" - 2015

    Interview for the Association France Inde Karnataka's magazine on the occasion of the charitable contemporary art auction organized at PIASA Paris in favour of the association.

    INTERVIEW CREATIVIDA WEB MAGAZINE

    "What happens when I create"

    Interview pour le web magazine Creativia

  • VIDEOS

  • CONTACT

     

     

    sophie.chir@gmail.com