• SOPHIE CHIR

    Synaesthete & Choreographer of colour

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Sophie Chir lives and works in Paris.

    The artist explores the intimate relation between the music and the colour, the music and the gesture, because Sophie Chir is synaesthete(1) like Vassily Kandinsky, Joan Mitchell, David Hockney, Charles Baudelaire, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Pharrell Williams...

    Her synaesthesia "sound-colour" allowed her to develop a gestural writing, whose foundation is the chromatic and choreographic translation of the partitions.

    By following the rhythm of the music, the artist beat, throw the painting with a knife, in order to organize encounters beetwen colours, those creating an infinity colored details, reliefs and contrasts.

    The repetitiveness of the pattern, the energetic and danse graphic, the cheerful colours, the material which explores the 3rd dimension characterize her work.

    In the end, the paintings of Sophie Chir are music, dance, poetry, report, release and share with us a sense and rhythmic experiment.

     

    (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.

  • 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

  • EXHIBITIONS

    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

    Galerie Menouar - Paris, 2017

    Galerie Menouar - Paris, 2017

    Galerie Menouar - Paris, 2017

    Galerie Menouar - Paris, 2017

    Cobra Art Gallery - Amsterdam, 2017

    Galerie Perahia - Paris, 2017

    Galerie Perahia - Paris, 2017

    Galerie Perahia - Paris, 2016

    Galerie Perahia - Paris, 2016

    Galerie Marciano Rivoli - Paris, 2014

    Galerie Marciano Rivoli - Paris, 2014

    Fidal Fiducie - Paris, 2017

    Fidal Fiducie - Paris, 2017

    Strasbourg, 2016

    Strasbourg, 2016

    PriceWaterHouseCoopers - Paris, 2017

  • TEXTS AND PRESS

    SCHOOL BOOK

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

    Sophie Chir's interview and the article "Synesthesia, the secret of the artists" are illustrated by paintings of Sophie Chir.

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

    ART CRITIC

    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 synaesthete (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”).

    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.

    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.

    CREATIVIDA WEB MAGAZINE

    "What happens when I create"

    Interview for the web magazine Creativia

  • VIDEOS

  • CONTACT

     

     

    sophie.chir@gmail.com