The Alain Ellouz Gallery opens its doors
Which Paris event has been creating all the buzz lately? It’s the opening of the Alain Ellouz Gallery located at 55 Quai des Grands Augustins, just opposite historical fixtures of the city landscape such as Pont Neuf, Paris’ oldest standing bridge, and the Samaritaine department store built in 1869. With the founder and CEO of our workshop Alain Ellouz at the helm, the gallery was inaugurated in great style on Thursday September 21st. Designers, architects, collectors, journalists and aficionados of the brand attended the opening to get a first glance at this art-centric shrine dedicated to alabaster stone.
A captivating space where art, design and architecture mingle
The gallery is tucked inside the historical confines of the Convent of the Grands Augustins. The walls and pillars from the 12th century, still standing, have witnessed the establishment of the Order of the Knights of the Holy Spirit, the coronation of Louis XIII, and the proclamation of the regency of Marie de Medici… Today, the Alain Ellouz Gallery extends across multiple floors, each with its unique scenography. Some of the spaces are dedicated to temporary exhibitions of artwork from individual artists and others to a selection of pieces developed around a common theme.
Works of art coexist with AAE lighting compositions, creating a language of beauty through unexpected textures, patterns and colors that transform the gallery’s spaces into vibrant scenes. Art, design and architecture come together to create an enthralling experience for the senses.
Alabaster works of art and design are brilliantly set against the gallery building’s historical backdrop of Pont Neuf, Paris’ oldest standing bridge. La Forêt Silencieuse, sculpture by Alain Ellouz and artistic intervention by Caroline Leite. Alta pendant light, Atelier Alain Ellouz.
The tone is set immediately as you enter the gallery and encounter the aerial, fluid character of the Liberty alabaster pendant lights. This model embodies the infinite variations in dialog between light and space. Next to them you’ll find the new MY wall lights. With their soft back-lighting, they’re a powerful expression of alabaster’s mineral composition.
Two of the gallery’s spaces are devoted to alabaster works of art. The first exhibition featuring pieces from an individual artist is entitled ‘Natures Minérales’, by visual artist Caroline Leite.
ODDA, a stately lighting element characterized by well-balanced oblong contours and a minimalist graphic style. MISO, wall lighting made with alabaster and polished brass. ‘Contre and Rencontres’, a photographic composition by Christel Martin. La Maison – Caroline Andréoni Furniture
SUMATRA pendant lights, cylindric designs form a horizontal composition that structures the space around them. ICONIC, small pendant lights and wall lighting. La Maison – Caroline Andréoni Furniture
This vaulted room reveals the poetry of INFINITY ILLUSION. Shapeshifting, this lighting element flows in the space around it in a totally weightless, fluid rhythm. The beholder can change their standing position to admire new and unexpected contours, each one offering myriad interpretations. A real optical illusion. GAMA and CLYDE table lamps.
Gallery owner Alain Ellouz offers a brand new journey inside the world of artistic exploration with alabaster at center stage
As a true visionary, Alain Ellouz knew from the start that alabaster held an inspiring inner richness. And today, he invites creators from different disciplines to his art foundation to intimately capture the stone’s richness and cross into new frontiers of beauty. The first artists invited to dialog with alabaster and present their works in the gallery include Caroline Leite, visual artist, Christine Solaï, painter/video engineer, Alistair Danhieux, potter, Christel Martin, photographer and Bernard Pourchet, digital artist.
Natures Minérales Exhibition / Caroline Leite
The Alain Ellouz Gallery unveils its first exhibition entitled “Natures Minérales” by Caroline Leite, a multidisciplinary visual artist. The exhibition features a limited series of alabaster lighting elements and slabs that Caroline Leite used to create a totally new artistic dimension with her own talent. Using techniques of dry point or black chalk, Caroline engraves directly onto alabaster stone. Her drawings depict birds and flora that transform each lighting element into original pieces of art. Caroline’s work with alabaster is almost sculptural; it incorporates the volume and vibrant power of each stone piece.
Natures Minérales runs until November 11, 2023.
Alain Ellouz Gallery
55 Quai des Grands Augustins
The Alain Ellouz Gallery welcomes you from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11am to 7pm.
Tel.: + 33 (0)1 73 95 03 20
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