I was pleased to attend the opening of one of my favorite local artist’s exhibition, Ced Vernay, at the very luxe Intercontinental Marseille Hotel Dieu last evening. This was a landmark event for both the 5 star hotel and the french artist known for his modern interpretation of Pointilism, as the first artist to present their work in the hotel’s newly unveiled cultural and gallery space.
Ced Vernay, The Pixal Artist
Ced Vernay is a photorealist painter and photographer born in Saint Etienne having lived for over 10 years in Brazil and has studied in the United States and Lyon. His confetti collage art pieces and modern pointillist paintings are fascinating to see in person from a distance, and at every angle. The expressions of his subjects are moving and realistic, several of which are celebrities, and all realized with great detail and patience. Sometimes each piece is reworked, possibly several times, until he achieves the precise artistic results he is satisfied with. I was fortunate to talk with Ced to learn more about his techniques and artistic inspiration behind his two most recent collections: Confetti Time and Homo Digitalis, which includes the obvious influencer, Chuck Close (Chuck Close is coming to Aix soon, too..).
I learned that we just so happen to share some of the same all-time favorite modern artists from Gerhard Richter to Gustav Klimt, the latter whom inspired him to create his beautiful painting homage to Klimt’s own Woman in Gold which is titled, Judith pixelisée Peinture à l’huile sur bois. The paintings and artwork must be seen in person to be truly appreciated. You will also notice his work popping up in restaurants and venues all over Aix and Marseille at the moment.
The Hotel Dieux Intercontinental Marseille
If you haven’t been yet, you must stop in for at least a cocktail or apero, to take in the fabulous views of the Vieux-Port and the Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica on a balmy Provence evening.
The 5 star hotel went through extensive architectural renovations to revitalize and transform the historic site into a gorgeous new destination for tourism and locals featuring 194 rooms and suites, a 1,000 m2 conference centre, a Spa by Clarins with an indoor pool, saunas and steam baths. The design and inspiration behind the new Intercontinental Marseille Hotel Dieu was to connect to its historic past by assuring a certain coherence with the original building, architecturally. The magnificent façades of Cassis and La Couronne stone with their effective colonnades, imbue the project with a spirit and provide a sense of identity.
The exhibition opened last night and runs for two months over the busy summer period. Take in the exhibition and be sure to enjoy a cool glass on the terrace for a picture perfect day or evening.
Exhibition Dots & Squares featuring Ced Vernay
Intercontinental Marseille Hotel Dieu
1 Place Daviel
Learn More About the Artist Ced Vernay…
Now through August 31, 2015