The Canvas | Philippe LEBON
11 June 2014
Born in 1976 , Philippe Lebon started photography at the end of the 1990s, with his first exhibition Black & White in 1998 in the island of Reunion.
The discovery of an incurable tumour in his liver in 2007 led him to evolve what he was doing and by 2012, he found himself working in fashion photography. However whilst working in this industry, he discovered the "evils" of models and artists and so created a coaching class which aimed to bring out and optimise someone's full artistic potential.
In 2014, an analysis and classification of his works was made by Francis Parent (Art critic and historian). He also obtained his first publication in the national living art "Artension" (The Web Artists) and various art galleries have started to take an interest in his work.
The direction of all his activities and practices has been to express his creativity through a freedom of expression and this also allows him to find a spiritual balance, which in turn has helped him to feel better in his health and subsequently, or perhaps a coincidence, his tumour has almost halved in recent years.
What are you currently working on?
Since the beginning of the year 2014, I would like to bring my vision of the Informal Art & the Abstract with new works that explore life and its "evil", death and its "words." The aim of my new work is to liberate the imagination by mixing dreams and reality, shapes, colors and distorting bodies.
"Once upon a time"
Has your art or approach/method changed over the years and if so, how?
Changes in my work is like a "here and now", that is to say that each work is the expression of a specific feeling, a bitter or sweet encounter. I can repeat for weeks or months on the same theme (ex. D'Visages), and spend overnight in a different theme. I don't create to show works, I create to express at that time.
What made you join Body of Art?
I joined Body of art for the free service (thank you), the available virtual gallery (good idea) and the resources available (to be developed).
What is your biggest ambition as an artist?
Today, my greatest ambition is to give life to my "digital" work by allowing as many people as possible to discover them not through the internet, but through galleries in Europe and in the USA.
If you could own any piece of artwork, what would it be and why?
The Scream by Edvard Munch that gives the impression of living the scene and more personally the anxiety through shapes and colors. This picture has inspired me in 2012, "The Shout" from D’Visages Collection.
What makes you laugh?
Karate movies and my son Samuel.
Which of your works is your favourite?
Misa Flamenca is my favorite work. A digital painting depicting the power of Flamenco's art and beauty of classical voice.
What is your favourite word, the word you tend to use more often?
Creativity because it mostly requires curiosity, empathy, self-esteem.
Have you got a bad habit, if so, what is it?
I am greedy in every sense of the word.
What makes you angry?
People who don't take responsibility for their actions and say things like, "It's not me, it's the other...."
When you were a child, what did you want to be?
An alien! Finally I think the reality meets fiction (humor).
Who would you like to meet and what question would you want to ask them?
My sister Florence who left (the world) too early. I'd like to know how is it on the other side?
What do you consider the greatest invention of all time?
If you could go down the history books and be remembered for something, what would you want that to be?
To me the history should not be rewritten. Everyone must remove a lesson, because experience is what allows us to understand, to evolve, to move forward. We become a reference for something based on the experience we have had and above all accepted. The rest is only an illusion or dream.
What would you scribble on a wall of world’s greatest quotes?
"A work is like a drawer containing the memory of pain or pleasure finally expressed."
If you had to give art students today some advice, what would it be?
Inhale and Imagine... Exhale and Create!
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Where on the web can we find you?
Official websites (photography and digital Paintings): www.lebonart.eu, www.philippelebon.com, www.philippelebon.info
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lebonphilippeart