L’Or de l’Art: Pierre Bonnefille illuminates Piaget's master craftsmanship for Art Dubai
Pierre Bonnefille is pleased to announce the creation of three artworks for Piaget’s salon at Art Dubai, within a space imagined by designer Anne-Laure Weeden.
Open to special guests during the fair, which takes place 20-23 March, 2019, Piaget has initiated a dialogue between Pierre Bonnefille and Anne- Laure Weeden to produce a space that creates
an immersive journey to the heart of gold, the heart of art: L’Or de l’Art. The circular space, is an ode to the iconic and delicately precise mechanisms of Piaget’s timepieces, the forms creating a theatre for the maison’s fine jewelry and watches, playing with the reflections of light on the gold and precious stones.
Pierre Bonnefille was fortunate to have full access to Piaget’s workshops, where he closely observed the artisans at work, drawing inspiration from the delicate engraving applied to Piaget’s pieces and the manner in which they reflect the material’s qualities. Whilst there he absorbed knowledge about the many techniques and traditions involved in the master craftsmanship of the watch and jewelry pieces, passed down the generations for 144 years.
LesThe three artworks; “Bas Relief Gravé”, “The Sun” and “Mirage d’Or” embody the vibration of solar beams. Pierre Bonnefille is known for his creation of sensorial atmospheres, which we experience first-hand in the sculpture, “The Sun”. We can feel the sun’s energy resonate through its luminous beams around the lounge, thanks to the manipulation of precious metals and natural pigments, creating the illusion of smooth and creamy textures which reflect light and accentuate contours.
When entering the lounge visitors encounter “Mirage d’Or”, which provides a showcase niche for Piaget’s fine jewelry pieces. The polychromatic surface of the background shows the artist’s sources of inspiration, found in his attention to nature’s beauty, such as the perpetual movement of the sun’s reflection of light on water and the earth. At the top left-hand corner of the lounge “Bas Relief Gravé” illuminates our collection of time pieces, guiding the eye along its undulations, as if on a journey through the sand dunes.
Pierre Bonnefille is a French artist based in Paris, whose career began over 30 years ago. Constantly traveling the globe for inspiration, the artist’s public and private projects can also be found in the four corners of the world in the offices and boutiques of luxury boutiques, the headquarters of international lawyers and banks, as well as in private residences. He is an artist of materials, with the French status of “Maître d’art”, only using natural sources. His most recent paintings use a unique application of powdered bronze, carbon and mother-of-pearl.