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The beginning started with a doll, an icon of fashion and beauty. The biggest names in fashion, like Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Louboutin, Christian Lacroix, Chantal Thomas and many others, paid tribute to her.

Since her childhood, Cécile Plaisance has photographed things she finds beautiful. Her compositions of Barbies where already the stars in her first snapshots.

To make life more light hearted, a reminder of the innocence of our childhoods, of all the little girls who relentlessly dressed and undressed this doll, bringing those soft, innocent memories back to life.

Then as Cécile’s work progressed, she linked “Barbie” to the woman of today, playing with her femininity and taking on many lives at once, beauty icone in magazines , juggling with the real life “Ken” while remaining an accomplished housewife, flirting in her convertible, cheeky at the beach, extactically happy for “Spring break”, exécutive woman at the office, autonomous, ageless and in the end…terribly alone.

Cecile Plaisance Portrait Wanrooij Gallery

 

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Perhaps you gave it to your daughter. Maybe it ended up in the loft. I am talking, of course, about the famous Barbie doll! In spite of everything, she is our favourite childhood doll. She is also the favourite of Cécile Plaisance, who gives her the leading role in her splendid creations. We met the artist.

Could you tell us about your career?
I studied Economics and Commerce, graduated with a DEA diploma from Paris Dauphine University. After that, I worked in finance for 10 years on the European market. Happy and in love, I then went on a world tour ending up in the United States, where I lived for 18 months. I then worked with my husband in the IT sector. During that entire period I always had my camera with me; I took a huge number of photographs: places, faces, groups of people, unusual objects, ethnic objects, creating a personal bestiary of souvenirs along the roads and across the seas I’ve travelled. I have also spent a great deal of time designing and decoration all these places we’ve lived in, sometimes for only a few months, but more often for a number of years. Furniture, fashion, jewellery, finery, artisanal objects, I’ve amassed so many things in my life that a hangar wouldn’t be big enough to contain them all!

What are your influences?
Obviously, there are a lot of them. We’re surrounded by so many splendid things; we just need to open our eyes to them. Nevertheless, if I look at what informs my current work, I see that Pop Art painting plays a preponderant role, with artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Jasper Johns and, more recently, Julian Opie. There are also influences from Pin-Up illustrators like George Gross, Kiraz et ses Parisiennes, Edward Runci, Alain Aslan, Grim Natwick, the creator of Betty Boop, and Eric Stanton.

The sculptor and painter Mel Ramos, with his pin-ups emerging lasciviously from peeled bananas or perched on giant cigars, Niki de Saint Phalle and her blow up “birds” and papier mâchés females. Also, I’ve always liked Pirelli and Playboy calendars … All this popular culture approach to representing sexy women, provocative without being vulgar, their sensible clothes hiding their forwardness, these women, presented in successive eras as “ideal”. It’s interesting to see how they change over time. Unless it’s men who change …

Obviously, I’ve also taken inspiration from great photographers: Michael Dweck and his photos of surfers in the Hamptons, Helmut Newton and his femmes fatales in luxury hotel bedrooms, David La Chapelle and his taste for provocation, Richard Avedon.


EXHIBITIONS

2018

  • 21/23rd of March, AAF New York, with Envie d’Art Gallery
  • 15/18th of March, AAF Bruxelles, with Envie d’Art Gallery
  • 15/18th of February, Art Up Lille, with K+Y Gallery
  • 15/18th of February, Art Up Lille, with Bel Air Fine Art Gallery
  • 10/14th of January, La Art Show, with K+Y Gallery

2017:

  • 5/10th of December, Scope Art Miami, with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 5/10th of December, Context Art Miami, with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 7/11th of December, LXRY Art Show Amsterdam, with Wanrooij Gallery, Lens series
  • 30th of November / 3rd of December, Luxembourg Art Fair, with Bel Air Fine Art Gallery
  • 16/19th of November, AAF Hamburg, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 10/12th of November, Art 3F Mulhouse, with Art in Eyes Gallery, Lens Series
  • 2nd/5th of November, AAF Amsterdam, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 12/15th of October, AAF Stockholm, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 3/8th of October, Art 3F Anvers, with Art in Eyes Gallery, Lens Series
  • 27/30th of September, Monaco Yacht Show, with Bel Air Fine Art, Lens Series
  • 13/17th of September, AAF New York, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 7/9th of July, North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam, with Dock Gallery, Lens Series
  • 6/9th of July, Art Market Hamptons, with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 15th of June/29th of October, Fondation Arnaud Crans Montana, with Bel Air Gallery
  • 14/19th of June Scope Basel, with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 19/21st of May, AAF Hong Kong, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 5/7th of May, Lausanne Art Fair, with Bel Air Fine Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 3rd/7th of May, Context Art Fair New York, with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • from April to November, Rarity Gallery Mykonos, Lens Series
  • from April to November, Bel Air Fine Art St Tropez, Lens Series
  • 29th of March/2nd of April, AAF New York, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 30th of March/2nd of April, R’DAM Art Fair, with Dock Gallery, Lens Series
  • 21/25th of March, Art Central Hong Kong, with Envie K+Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 16/19th of March, Art Bocaraton, with DL Gallery, Lens Series
  • 9/12th of March, AAF Battersea, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 2/5th of March, SCOPE New York, with DL Gallery, Lens Series
  • 16/20th of February, ART Wynwood, with DL Gallery, Lens Series
  • 16/20th of February, AAF Bruxelles, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 8/12th of February, Rotterdam Contemporary Art fair, with Dock Gallery, Lens Series
  • 18/22nd of January, Forreal Amsterdam, with Dock Gallery, Lens Series
  • 26/29th of January, l’Art pour l’Accueil, Bruxelles, Lens Séries & Keyhole Series
  • 11/15th of January, La Art Show, with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series

2016 :

  • 29th of November/4th of December, Art Miami, with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 29th of November/4th of December, Scope Miami, with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 25th/28th of November, START Strasbourg, with Bel Air Fine Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 10/13th of November AAF Hamburg, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 27/30th of October Cologne Art Fair, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 20/24th of October, 8ème Avenue, with Bel Air Fine Art, Lens Series
  • 20/23rd of October AAF London Battersea, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 13/16th of October AAF Stockholm, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 28th of September / 2nd of October AAF New York, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 7/11th of July, Art Southampton, with K + Y Gallery, Lens series & Keyhole Series
  • 23/26th of June, Art Hamptons, with K + Y gallery, Lens Series & Keyhole Series
  • 15/30th of May, Solo Exhibition, Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Grèce, Lens Series
  • 13/15th of May, AAF Hong Kong, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 3rd/8th of May, Context Art New York, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • from April to November, Rarity Gallery Mykonos, Lens Series
  • from April to November, Bel Air Fine Art St Tropez, Lens Series
  • 30th of March/3rd of April, AAF New York, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 23rd/26th of March, Art Central Hong Kong, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 10/13th of March, AAF Battersea, London, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 3rd of March: Charity Innocence en Danger.
  • 10/14th of February, Rotterdam Contemporary, with Dock Gallery, Lens Series
  • 26/29th of February, AAF Bruxelles, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 11/15th of February, Art Wynwood, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 27/31st of January, LA Art Show, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series

2015 :

  • 3/6th of December, Art Miami, Scope, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 19/22nd of November, AAF Hamburg, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 14th of November / 23rd of December, Envie d’Art London, Lens Series
  • 12/15th of November, AAF Singapore, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 12/15th of November, Istambul Contemporary Art fair, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 22/26th of October, 8ème Avenue, Paris, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 24/27th of September, Cologne Art Fair, with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 17/20th of September, Beirut Art Fair, with Bel Air Fine Art, Lens Series
  • 11/13th of September, AAF Séoul, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 10/13th of September, AAF New York, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 9/13th of July, Art Sout Hampton, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 2/5th of July, Art Hamptons, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 19th of June/9th of July, Opera Gallery, Hong Kong, Candyland, Lens Series
  • 4th/30th of June, Bel Air Fine Art Geneva, Lens Series
  • 18/21st of June, Art Basel with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 22/24th of May, AAF Hong Kong with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 8/11th of April, Art Dubai with Vogelsang Gallery, Lens Series
  • from April to November, Bel Air Fine Art St Tropez, Lens Series
  • 25/29th of March, AAF New York with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 12/15th of February, Palm Springs Art Fait with Vogelsang Gallery, Lens Series
  • 6/9 th of February, AAF Bruxelles with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 21/25th of January, Art Palm Beach with Biba Gallery, Lens Series & Real Life Series
  • 16 of December/ 16 of March, Galerie de l’Exil, av Matignon ; Lens Series & Real Life Serie
  • 14/18th of January, LA Art Show 2015 with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series

2014 :

  • 2/7th of December , Art Miami, Scope, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 20/23rd of November, AAF Singapore, with Envie d’Art, Lens Series
  • 13/16th of November, AAF Hamburg, with Envie d’Art, Lens Series
  • 24/28th of October, Art Cologne, with K + y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 24/27th of October, Art Toronto, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 27th October/ 30th of November , Chelsea NY, Vogelsang Gallery, Lens Series
  • 25/29th of September, AAF New York, with Envie D’Art, Lens Series
  • From April to October : St Tropez Exhibition with Petitjean Gallery, Lens Series
  • 10/13th of July, Art Hamptons, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 18/22 of June, Scope Basel, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 12/15 of June, AAF London Hamstead, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 22/25th of May, AAF Singapore, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 8/11th of May, AAF Toronto, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 2/6h of April, AAF New York, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 21/23 of March, AAF Hongkong, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 13/16th of March, AAF London, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 7/10th of February, AAF Brussels, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 15/19th of January, LA ART SHOW, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 9/13th of January, L’Art pour l’Accueil, Brussels, Bella Vita Series

2013 :

  • 3/8th of December, Art Miami, Scope, with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 21/24th of November, AAF Singapore, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 21/24th of November, AAF Singapore, with Artemiss Gallery, Newton & Man Ray Series
  • 14/17th of November, AAF Hamburg, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 15/17th of November, Fotofever Paris, Carrousel du Louvre with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 24/28th of October, Art Toronto, with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 31st of October/ 5th of November, AAF Amsterdam with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 3/6th of October, Fotofever Brussels, with K+Y Gallery, lens Series, Solo Show
  • 3/6th of October, AAF New York with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 3/6th Of October, AAF Stockholm, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 18th of Sept/15th of October, Envie D’art Gallery, 24 rue Treilhard, Paris 8ème, Lens Series
  • 11/14th of July, AAF Hamptons, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • June 2013, Envie d’Art Gallery, Paris 7ème , Lens Series
  • June 2013, Envie d’Art Gallery, Paris 8ème, Lens Series
  • 13/16th of June, AAF Hamstead, London with Envie dArt Gallery, Lens Series
  • 23/26th of May, Art Basel Hong Kong with Artemiss Gallery, Ken on my Mind & Tribute Man Ray Series
  • May 2013, Artistry in Singapore with Artemiss Gallery
  • 23/26th of May, Asia Art fair in Hong Kong with Artemiss Gallery, Ken on my Mind and Tribute Newton Series
  • 9/12th of May, 20/21 International Art Fair in London, with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 4/7th of April, AAF New York with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 15/17th of March, AAF Hong Kong with Artemiss Gallery, Ken on my Mind and Tribute Newton Series
  • 7/10th of March, AAF of London with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens series
  • February 2013, Envie d’Art Gallery, 4 av Bugeaud, Paris 16ème, La Bella Vita Series
  • 21/24th of February, AAF Brussel with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series
  • 16/20 of January, London Art fair with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 11/13th of January, New Art Fair Paris, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series
  • 10/13th of January, l’Art pour l’Accueil.

2012

  • December 2012, Envie d’Art Gallery, Paris 8ème, La Bella Vita Series
  • 10/12th of December, Private sale in Singapore with Artemiss Gallery, Tribute Barbara Kruger and Newton series
  • 30th of November/4th of December, AAF Gent, with United Gallery, Barbie Skiing Series
  • 15/18th of November, AAF Singapore with Envie D’Art Gallery, Tribute Newton
  • 4/7th of October, Fotofever with K+Y, Tribute Newton Series
  • Septembre 2012, Envie d’Art Gallery, Paris 7ème, Tribute Newton Series
  • June/July/August 2012, Young Gallery Knokke, Barbie at the Beach Series
  • 8/12th of July, AAF Hamptons, with Samuel Owen Gallery, Tribute Newton and Barbie at the Beach Series
  • 18/22th of April 2012, AAF New York, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Tribute Newton Series
  • 18/22th of April 2012, AAF New York with United Gallery, Barbie at the Beach Series

Contraste Bruxelles :

– December 2009 : Autoportraits

– March 2010 : Chantiers

– June 2010 : New York

– December 2010 : Brésil

– March 2011 : Jeunes Filles

ChariticAngels (Association Caritative) :

– December 2011 : Bruxelles

– March 2012: Paris, Barbies at the Beach Serie

– April 2013 : Paris, La Bella Vita & Lens Series