At the foundation of Hélène Planquelle's wide range of knowledge and interests are her humanity studies. Passionate of classical literature and philosophy at first, she went on to study intercultural communication and opened her mind to always more contemporary topics in the realms of social and natural sciences. Putting high value in cross-disciplinarity, Hélène Planquelle thrives on feeding her mind novel material in order to reach a more comprehensive and accurate understanding of the world we live in. To her, determination is the key to knowledge and self-improvement; and it is that spirit that led her to develop her practice entirely as a self-taught artist. Constantly seeking to improve her technical skills, she believes technique is to art what vocabulary is to language: the more words you have, the more complex and precise your expression is.
In the same spirit, she looks up to other artists who, before her, were able to combine classical training and innovative ideas, from Salvador Dali - whom she admires for both his technical mastery and lavish imagination - to Jenny Saville - for her uncompromising look on the human body - and Ernest Pignon Ernest - who weds very contemporary topics and Caravaggio esthetic.
Fierce advocate of figuration, her work draws on man's ancestral need for storytelling. As art is not so much about finding answers than raising questions, Hélène Planquelle's work deliberately looks for ambiguity, uncertainty and multiple meaning. With truth and authenticity among her core values, Hélène Planquelle aims at nothing less than for her work to spark genuine emotions in her viewers, which are often the start of open-hearted conversations about existential issues.