BIO

Hélène Planquelle is a self-taught visual artist whose wide range of knowledge and interests takes root in her humanity studies. Passionate of classical literature and philosophy at first, she went on to get a Master's degree at the Institute of Intercultural Management and Communication, before delving into the art world by working at the Dalí Theatre and Museum, at the Salvador Dalí Museum and at the Louvre Museum. Putting high value in cross-disciplinarity, Hélène Planquelle has since then opened her mind to always more contemporary topics in the realms of social and natural sciences, and she 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.

 CV

Solo shows

 

2021 


Superfine Art Fair, The Reef (Los Angeles, USA), February

https://superfine.world/

2019

Where is your brother, YIA (Young International Artist Fair), booth #5, October 31-November 3

https://yia-artfair.com/

Original Violence, We Art From Paris (Paris,FR), March-April

https://weartfromparis.com/

 

2018


Galerie Joan Font (Paris, FR), March
http://nomadgalerie.com/tag/galerie-joan-font/

 

2017

Zamaken Collective (Paris,FR), November

Place des Cordes (Paris,FR), November

Group shows

2020

Destructuralisme FiguratifParc Floral de Vincennes  (Paris, FR), October

Paratissima Art Fair, Magazzini Romagnoli (Bologna, IT), January

 

2019

Grateful Park, Pilotenkueche International Art Program (Leipzig, DE), August

Hungry Dungeon Friends, Kunstkraftwerk (Leipzig, DE), July

Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Seattle Center Exhibition hall  (Seattle, US), April
Féminin/Masculin, l'art se joue du genre, Lestudio Gallery  (Paris, FR), March-April
La caresse et le meurtre hésitent dans leurs mains, La Condamine (Paris,FR), February, (as a curator and artist)


2018

Rapports, Les Rituelles (Paris,FR), June-September
1480km, Galerie La Lalande (Paris,FR), May
De l’ordre de l’intime, Galerie La Lalande (Paris,FR), March

 

2017


Ropes U, Eurydice Gallery (NY, US), August-September,

Residencies

NPE Art Residency,  (Singapore), April-June 2021

Powerlong residency, (Hangzhou, China), 2021

59 Rivoli, (Paris, France), November 2019-February 2020


Pilotenkueche International Art Program, (Leipzig, Germany) July-September 2019

For inquiries or commissions, write me at contact@heleneplanquelle.com

© 2020 by Hélène Planquelle.