P O R T R A I T
Light plays with the different textures of metal, slate or enamel.
The surfaces appear smooth or rough, matt or shiny.
The light is changing, fleeting...
It is the fragility of our perceptions that interests me ; my quest
is to discover the essence of the world by diving deeply into its telluric
and incandescent materials.
Christophe Mirande has been working in the Montmartre area of Paris for the last fifteen years.
Christophe who started out as a writer decided in 2005 to follow in the footsteps of his father Raymond MIRANDE a well-known enameler.
Christophe decided to develop his own technique for enameling on copper surfaces. To do this he learned from some of the best known names in this technique like Jean-Claude Bessette, Marie-Therese Masias and Charles Hair. His influences in pictorial art are Pierre Soulages, Mark Rothko and Anselm Kiefer.
His creative style is based on the idea that the world’s fragile and ephemeral beauty needs to be constantly rediscovered. “The beauty of this world can be observed through its energies and the life which results. Discovering this material is to discover the deepest meaning of one’s self.”
The quest is to discover the essence of the world by plunging deep into its telluric and incandescent materials.
Christophe MIRANDE tries to go beyond first appearances and impressions.
“I like to strip down my work to a minimum to get nuanced coloring or reflections that captures one’s attention. The materials I use suddenly come to life capturing a sudden ray of light, or quick movement that gives a glimpse of the energy embodied inside it. It’s almost as if the materials reveal their mysterious energy without you noticing it when you first look at the surface….”
Just like silversmiths and jewelers, Christophe MIRANDE uses enamel on copper because of its ability to give an extraordinary transparency like a stain glassed window. He also works his enamel with a variety of materials such as slate and zinc. This gives an avant-garde look to his work which still uses traditional techniques.
“It’s the light which produces different textures to the metal or slate with its smooth and rugged, matt or gloss surfaces. It highlights the hidden aspects embedded in the work such as copper etchings, oxidations, subtle color tones…”
“Playing with fire means making a claim to control the uncontrollable, to understand a mystery while constantly questioning one’s capacities during each stage of the process...”
Translation firstname.lastname@example.org - 2015
\ awards and honors
Croix glorieuse, Cathédrale de Bordeaux
FINALISTE CONCOURS ATELIERS D'ART DE FRANCE 2020
Exposition Croix II et photographies au musée de la toile de Jouy
PRIX DU JURY PEINTURE 2019
Parc Floral de Paris , Vincennes
Interstices - 20x15 cm (x5)
NEW IDEAS IN ENAMEL ART AWARD 2011
IV international biennale of enamel, Galerie Menonisa, Vilnius/Lituanie
Yin et Yang - 20x15 cm (x2)
GLASS ON METAL AWARD 2010
10th international juried enamel exhibition, Galerie Lireille, Oakland/Etats-Unis