Discover Artist Charles Pétillon's Surreal Invasions on Everyday Landscapes
French artist Charles Pétillon surrealist photography features giant fabric ballon-like pieces which invade and juxtapose barren landscapes and concrete architecture. Spectators of his captivating work can agree the unconventionality of fragile installations against the menacing and strong structures within nature and construction evoke subtle feelings of fear and worry. After working for the likes of Vogue Italia, Cartier, and Dior, Pétillon’s personal style is an opposing break from fashion editorial still-life. His spherical sculptures, in varying sizes, quantities and arrangement, are an aim to represent the traces of humans on this ever-changing planet.
In 2015, the artist first gained attention after a major public art install in London's Covent Garden, which presented 100,000 giant white balloons within the grand interior of the 19th Century Market Building. Over the past few years, the artist has stayed busy with public works and exhibitions worldwide. Currently, Petillon's latest installation, 'MOUVEMENT PERPÉTUEL’ is up in Shanghai’s Power Long Museum. Although no upcoming shows or projects have been announced, keep an eye out for his floating pieces which may be coming to a gallery or open space near you.
Words: Paola de Oliveira
Photography: Charles Pétillon