ARTWORKS

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1968, Eric PILLOT lives and works in Paris.

He is the recipient of several photography prizes rewarding his series entitled “In Situ”. He first received the HSBC Prize in 2012, followed in 2014 by the Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière Photography Award presented by the Beaux-Arts Academy in Paris which enabled him to pursue his project « In Situ US » then exhibited in November 2015 at l’Institut de France. Finally, in 2016, Eric PILLOT was awarded the Beaux-Arts Fair Prize and saw a selection of his photographs exhibited at the Louvre Carrousel.

He discovered photography after having completed studies (Polytechnique School, Instructor Qualification in Maths) and a successful career as an engineer. He trained himself through several internships and Studios works with Bernard Plossu, Paul den Hollander and Jean-Claude Bélégou among others.

For some years now, Eric PILLOT has been working on a study of the relationship between man and nature. In 2004, he began with photographs of polar bears moving underwater. Since then, he has dedicated numerous of his photographs to the animal figure.

With the, still on-going, « In Situ » series, he captures their image in a poetic manner in their Zoo’s installations across Europe, first in black & white and then in colour. This artistic project that encourages us to look at wild animals as unique beings with this singular approach of photographing them in man-made artificial decors, focuses on the themes of the animal, architecture and our living environment with a new look, full of humanity.

His series entitled “Horizons”, started in 2013, is his first work exploring the theme of landscapes. Bringing to light the natural sceneries of the north of France, Eric PILLOT’s landscapes, between land and sea, rise through subtle shades of grey, white and black, like mirages.
Photo by photo, the horizons blend into their surrounding environment to the point of fading and leaving nothing but an abstraction, raising the question of space, time and distance where the natural balance seems to be reversed.

Eric PILLOT builds his images halfway between architectural photography and drawing. He plays with light as charcoal and pastels to create a confusion in the onlooker’s mind between a hyper-realistic drawing and a painted photograph.

His photographs have been the subject of numerous publications and articles both in France and abroad. They have been presented, since 2008, through about sixty solo and collective shows in Europe, Asia, the US and Australia.

 In 2016, the Hermès Foundation acquired 7 of his works for its contemporary photography collection and exhibited them in its “La Piscine” space of rue de Sèvres in Paris. 
 
Eric PILLOT’s artworks have thus been presented in 2017 during the Gacilly Photo Festival, organised by the Yves Rocher Foundation, in Brittany, at the Circulation(s) Festival in Moscow, the Photo Phnom Penh Festival and at l’Orangerie of Sens Museum.

He has published three monographs: “In Situ” with Actes Sud Editions in 2012, with a foreword by Serge Tisseron, “In Situ 2” with La Pionnière Editions in 2015, with a preface by Dominique Janvier and “Horizons” with La Pionnière editions in 2017, with a foreword by Amina Danton.

Eric PILLOT has been working with Galerie DUMONTEIL since 2011 and his artworks have been presented in several major international art fairs.

CURRICULUM VITAE

2018
Photofairs Shanghai, Shanghai, China
"IN SITU", International Photography Festival La Gacilly (Festival international de photographie La Gacilly-Baden Photo) - Baden, Baden, Austria 
PAD Paris (Pavillon des Arts et du Design), Paris, France
"In camera", Hotel de Crillon, Paris, France
PAD Geneva (Pavillon des Arts et du Design), Geneva, Switzerland

2017 
"HORIZONS", Galerie Dumonteil, Paris, France
"IN SITU", Photo Phnom Penh international Festival, Cambodia
Guardian Fine Art Asia (GFAA), Beijing, China
PAD London (Pavillon des Arts et du Design), London, United Kingdom
Fine Art Asia, Hong-Kong, China
Photo Shanghai, Shanghai, China
"IN SITU", International Photography Festival La Gacilly, France
"IN SITU", Circulation(s) festival, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia
"Wild Beasts, Sheep & Crocodile", Museum Of Modern Art, Tbilisi, Georgia
PAD Paris (Pavillon des Arts et du Design), Paris, France
Design Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Photo San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
"IN SITU 2010 – 2016", Orangerie of Sens Museums (Orangerie des Musées de Sens), France

2016 
Salon of Fine Arts (Salon des Beaux-Arts), Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
PAD London (Pavillon des Arts et du Design), London, United Kingdom
"IN SITU - United States (IN SITU Etats - Unis)", Espace Hermès, Paris, France
Photo Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Art Beijing, Beijing, China
"IN SITU", Regards Photography Festival (Rencontres de photographie Regards), Villeneuve-la-Rivière, France
PAD Paris (Pavillon des Arts et du Design), Paris, France 
Art Central Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

2015
Guardian Fine Art Asia, Beijing, China
"IN SITU - United States (IN SITU Etats - Unis)", Institut de France, Paris, France
Fine Art Asia, Hong-Kong, China
Photo Shanghai, Shanghai, China
"HORIZONS", Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai, China
"IN SITU", William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, Australia
Dating in Arles (Rencontres d’Arles), open-air screening, Arles, France
Masterpiece 2015, London, United Kingdom
"IN SITU", Galerie 29, Evian, France
PAD Paris(Pavillon des Arts et du Design), Paris, France
Art Central Hong Kong, China
Art Stage Singapore, Singapore

2014 
"IN SITU", Galerie Dumonteil, Paris, France
Singapore Art Fair, Singapore 
Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China
Photo Lounge (Salon de la Photo), Porte de Versailles, Paris, France
XX-OFF, 20 years of the Photo Month Off (20 ans du Mois de la Photo OFF), Espace Oppidum, Paris, France
Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China
"IN SITU II", Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai, China
Photo Shanghai, China
The Extime (L’Extime), Galerie Seine 51, Paris, France
Art Beijing, Beijing, China
Left Bank Square (Carré Rive Gauche), Galerie Dumonteil, Paris, France
(Week Presence (s) photo-cinema) Semaine Présence(s) photo-cinéma, Montélimar, France, projection
"IN SITU", Centre Chorégraphique National Josef Nadj, Orléans, France
"From Kanizsa to Pithiviers-le-Vieil ... Landscapes" (De Kanizsa à Pithiviers-le-Vieil... Paysages), avec Josef Nadj, Pithiviers-le-Vieil, France
"Eye of Deaf"(Oeil de Sourd), studio Hans Lucas, Espace Beaurepaire, projection, Paris, France
PAD Paris (Pavillon des Arts et du Design), Tuileries, Paris, France
Art Stage Singapore, Singapore

2013 
Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China
Photographic encounter of 10th arrondissement of Paris (Rencontres photographiques du 10ème), Espace Beaurepaire, Paris, France
Photo Lounge (Salon de la Photo), Porte de Versailles, Paris, France
Masterpiece London, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, United Kingdom
Garden Art (L’Art du jardin), Grand Palace (Grand Palais), Paris, France
Left Bank Square (Carré Rive Gauche), Galerie Dumonteil, Paris, France
"IN SITU", Galerie Chambre Claire, Annecy, France
Art Beijing, Beijing, China
PAD Paris (Pavillon des Arts et du Design), Tuileries, Paris, France
"IN SITU", Galerie Ikono, Brussels, Belgium
"Animal dialogues (Dialogues de bêtes)", Centre culturel Aragon, Oyonnax, France

2012
Leonora Hamill & Eric Pillot, 2012 HSBC Photography Award Winners (Leonora Hamill & Eric Pillot, Lauréats 2012 du Prix HSBC pour la Photographie)", Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
Galerie Mélanie Rio, Nantes, France
"Back to Images (Retour sur Images)", Galerie de l'Office Culturel, Arras, France
Leonora Hamill & Eric Pillot, 2012 HSBC Photography Award Winners (Leonora Hamill & Eric Pillot, Lauréats 2012 du Prix HSBC pour la Photographie), Galerie Arrêt sur l'image, Bordeaux, France
Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China
"IN SITU", The Percolator (Le Percolateur), projection, Marseille, France
"IN SITU", International Festival FOTOLEGGENDO, Rome, Italia, projection
Fine Art Asia, Hong Kong, China
Leonora Hamill & Eric Pillot, 2012 HSBC Photography Award Winners (Lauréats 2012 du Prix HSBC pour la Photographie), House of Photography (Maison de la Photographie), Toulon, France
Leonora Hamill & Eric Pillot, 2012 HSBC Photography Award Winners (Lauréats 2012 du Prix HSBC pour la Photographie), L'Arsenal, Metz, France
Festival "On the edges ... of the Forests (Sur les bords... des Forêts)", Pithiviers-le-Vieil, France
"IN SITU", Photographic Nights of Pierrevert (Nuits photographiques de Pierrevert), France
Leonora Hamill & Eric Pillot, 2012 HSBC Photography Award Winners (Lauréats 2012 du Prix HSBC pour la Photographie), Galerie Seine 51, Paris
Photography festival Les Boutographies, Montpellier, France, projection
Art Beijing, Beijing, China
PAD Paris (Pavillon des Arts et du Design), Tuileries, Paris, France
"IN SITU", Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai, China
"IN SITU", Library Water tower (Bibliothèque Château d’eau), Paris, France
Open Show Paris, Paris, France, projection

2011 
Fine Art Asia, Hong Kong, China
Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China
Festival Photaumnales, projection, Beauvais, France
Festival "On the edges ... of the Forests (Sur les bords... des Forêts)", Pithiviers-le-Vieil, France
Festival Voies Off, Arles, France, open-air screening
Galerie Talos, Villeneuve sur Yonne, France 
"HAIR AND FEATHERS (POILS ET PLUMES)", Photographic space of the Photographic Space of Hôtel de Sauroy (Espace photographique de l'Hôtel de Sauroy), Paris, France
International Photography Festival FOTOGRAFIA EUROPEA, Reggio Emilia, Italia
"YOU HERE, I BELIEVED YOU AT ZOO (VOUS ICI, JE VOUS CROYAIS AU ZOO)", Galerie Pierre M. Dumonteil, Paris, France
PAD Paris (Pavillon des Arts et du Design), Tuileries, Paris, France
Festival CIRCULATION(S), Bagatelle, Paris, France

2010 
"IN SITU", Month-Off Photography (Mois-Off de la Photographie), Galerie Marion Held-Javal, Paris, France
Affordable Art Fair, London, United Kingdom
3rd Night of Contemporary Photography (3ème Nuit de la photographie contemporaine), Saint Sulpice Square (Place Saint Sulpice), Paris, France
Revelation 4 (Révélation 4), the General Counter (le Comptoir général), Paris, France
Affordable Art Fair, Paris, France
Affordable Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium

2009 
"BLACK HANDS (LES MAINS NOIRES)", with Michel Kirsch, le Lieu-dit, Paris, France
Art London, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, United Kingdom
Revelation 3 (Révélation 3), the General Counter (le Comptoir général), Paris, France
2nd Night of Contemporary Photography (2ème La Nuit de la photographie contemporaine), Saint Sulpice Square (Place Saint Sulpice), Paris, France
Affordable Art Fair, Gand, Belgium
Affordable Art Fair, Strasbourg, France
"ZOOS", La Galcante, Paris, France
"ZOOS", Galerie Chambre Claire, Annecy, France
Affordable Art Fair, London, United Kingdom

2008 
"LAPS", Theater of the North Star (Théâtre de l'Etoile du Nord), Paris, France
1st Night of Contemporary Photography (1er La Nuit de la photographie contemporaine), Saint Sulpice Square (Place Saint Sulpice), Paris, France
"ZOOS", Galerie de l'Office culturel d'Arras, France

2007 
"NEW VIEW (NOUVEAUX REGARDS)", Galerie Chambre Claire, Annecy, Resonance course of the IX Biennial of Contemporary Art of Lyon (parcours Résonance de la IXème Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon), France

2006
"MRS (MADAME)", Friche André Malraux, Collective 12, Mantes la Jolie, France
"MRS (MADAME)", Theater of the North Star (Théâtre de l'Etoile du Nord), Paris

2005 
"SCENES OF ZOOS (SCENES DE ZOOS)", Vaisseau Fantôme, Paris, France

2004 
"BEAR (D’OURS)", Le Balatum, Lille, France


Awards
 
2016 Jury Prize of Winner of National Salon of Fine Arts (Prix du jury au Salon National des Beaux–Arts), Paris, France
2016 Jean Larivière Prize of National Salon of Fine Arts ( Prix Jean Larivière au Salon National des Beaux), Paris, France
2014 Winner of Marc Ladreit of Lacharrière Photography Prize (Lauréat du Prix de Photographie Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière) awarded by the French Academy of Fine Arts, Paris, France
2012 Winner of HSBC Prize for Photography (Prix HSBC pour la Photographie), Paris, France
2010 Finalist of the Landscape Talent Grant (la Bourse du Talent Paysage), Paris, France

Collections
 
French Academy of Fine Arts
Hermes Contemporary Photography
HSBC Contemporary Photography Funds
Sens Museum, Sens, France
About Change
Modern Media Group
Von Sayn-Wittgenstein
Foundation Salomon
Fimalac
Private Collections (Europe, Asia, US, Middle East, Australia,…)

EXHIBITIONS

2017.11.10 – 2017.12.31
Paris, France
2017.09.23 – 2017.10.10
Shanghai, China
2015.09.06 – 2015.10.10
Shanghai, China

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