Tony Soulie - Wan Shai, photo credits

Tony Soulie /   Tony Soulié

France 1955

Installation, Sculpture, Photography, Painting, Printmaking

Tony Soulie
Tony Soulié
April 30, 2016

Travelling around the world, a French artist Tony Soulie takes his expeditions as the occasions of ephemeral installations where he makes his photographic records. Recognized as the artist of the new abstraction, like other painters of his generation, he is also influenced by conceptual artists of narrative figuration and land art. Visiting extreme areas, as volcanos, deserts or dense forests, he skillfully combines his voyager passion with the artistic career. His creative process begins with the black and white photograph from one of his travelling. He covers it in different mediums, making the artwork that he calls photo-painting. Predominately abstract work seems like inheritance of the Pop Art.

Tony Soulie - Los Angeles, photo credits
Tony Soulie – Los Angeles, photo credits

Multitalented Artist of Adventurous Spirit

Soulie earned his degree at the Ecole des Arts Appliques. He was a part of a French art movement Nouvelle Abstraction during the 70’s and 80’s. Besides being a painter, his work also includes sculptures, installations, prints and performances. He made series of theatrical productions, signing the scenography for many of them. In accordance with his adventurous spirit, he created many installations of land art, among which is the one on the volcano and inside the calderas of active volcanoes. His paintings are inspired by travel, his love of nature and obsession with big cities, revealing the relationship between the past and world around us.

His paintings are inspired by travel

Tony Soulie - San Francisco, photo credits
Tony Soulie – San Francisco, photo credits

Quest for a Primitive in Urban Environment

Making the photographs instead of the sketches, Soulie in advance think about the painting. Using a mixture of varnish, ink and carborundum powder associated with acrylic paint on his black and white photographs, he transforms the representations of the world largest cities, as New York, Los Angeles or Hong Kong, searching for a hidden mark behind the urban environment made of steel and glass. This bright work, abstract but with the trace of pop culture in it, aims to find a connection of contemporary man with his prehistoric ancestors. Soulie strives to find a primitive spirit in modern inventions and man-made conglomerates.

Soulie strives to find a primitive spirit in contemporary surrounding

Tony Soulie - Tanger, photo credits
Tony Soulie – Tanger, photo credits

Travelling Artist

His predominately abstract work artist himself describes as “urgency”. Crossing the photography and painting, he creates a modern statement that shows the influences of Pop art and imagery found in the mass culture. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows throughout the Europe, the United States, Latin America and Japan. Combining his artistic practice with his passion for travel, Soulie’s work is inspired by both extreme landscapes and big cities. His oeuvre also includes the number of artist’s books and collective portfolios, some of them made in collaboration with poets and other artists.

Tony Soulie lives and works in Paris

Featured image: Tony Soulie – Wan Shai (detail), photo credits
All images used for illustrative purpose only

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014New Artist: Tony SoulieOff the Wall Gallery, HoustonSolo
2013ChamanGalerie Nicole BuckSolo
2011Tony SoulieGalerie Nicole Buck, StrasbourgSolo
2009Tony SoulieART Elyseees, ParisSolo
2009Tony SoulieAtelier Grognard, Rueil-MalmaisonSolo
2009Dream catcher Galerie Hambursin-Boisantee, MontpellierSolo
2009 Art Paris Galerie BuccialiGroup
2008CCI Galerie de l’estampe, StrasbourgGroup
2008Tony SoulieGalerie Balthazar, BruxellesSolo
2008Paris, ronde de nuitGalerie Protee, ParisSolo
2008Du vent dans les branches Art Senat, ParisGroup
2008UnknownMuseum Haus Ludwig, Saarlouis, GermanyGroup
2008Tony SoulieGalerie Australe, St Denis de la ReunionSolo
2008Y’a pas photo Fondation Rothschild, Nogent-sur-MarneGroup
2008Tony SoulieGalerie Eva Doblet, St Georges du BoisSolo
2008Tony SoulieGalerie Zane Bennett, Santa FeSolo
2008Tony SoulieGalerie Eric Linard, la Garde AdhemarSolo
2008Paris-NY Chapeaux Galerie ventilo, ParisSolo
2007D’une rive a l’autreGalerie Le soleil sur la place, Lyon Solo
2007Tony SoulieGalerie Castang, PerpignanSolo
2007Tony SouliePalais Synodal, Sens Solo
2007Panorama Galerie Nicole Buck, StrasbourgSolo
2007Cities Galerie Protee, Paris Solo
2007Tony SoulieGalerie Frederic Storme, Lille Solo
2007Collection small size art Art departement & gallery, Chang Mai Group
2007Art Basel Galerie BuccialiGroup
2007Salon international de l’estampe Grand PalaisGroup
2007Estampes contemporaines Galerie Christian Collin, ParisGroup
2007Panorama Galerie Nicole Buck, StrasbourgGroup
2007Tony SoulieGalerie Daniel Duchoze, Rouen Solo
2007Tony SoulieGalerie Envie d’art, Paris Solo
2007Tony SoulieChapelle St-Liberal, Brives Solo
2006Tony SoulieGalerie Sparts, ParisSolo
2006 Tony SoulieGalerie d’art de la Ville, CréteilSolo
2006Tony SoulieGalerie MMG, TokyoSolo
2006Tony SoulieGalerie Envie d’art, ParisSolo
2006Tony SoulieGalerie Le Navire + Le Quartz, BrestSolo
2006Fleurs de cendreSandrine Philippe, ParisSolo
2006Dreaming ToiletsClayarch Gimhae Museum, Corée du Sud Solo
2006Tony SoulieGalerie Fabrice Galvani, ToulouseSolo
2006Paris Art Fair Miami Galerie Saint-GermainGroup
2006Noel en villeGalerie Ligne 13, ParisGroup
2006Transgressions Renoma, ParisGroup
2006Art Paris, Association Dessine l’Espoir Grand Palais, ParisGroup
2006Art ShangaiChinaGroup
2006Foire de TorontoGalerie Van den PlankenGroup
2006Tony SoulieGalerie Hanbursin-Boisante, MontpellierSolo
2006Tony SoulieVilla Beatrix Enea, AngletSolo
2005Vis-a-visGalerie Le rire bleu, FigeacSolo
2005Art ParisGalerie Protee, ParisSolo
2005Tony SoulieGalerie Nicole Buck + Sta’rt, StrasbourgSolo
2005TraverseesGalerie Frank Gerlitzki, LuxembourgSolo
2005Loeil excessifCentre culturel Athanor, GuerandeSolo
2005Ceuvres gravees Galerie Bucciali, ColmarSolo
2005FaenaGalerie Le Troisieme Ceil, BordeauxSolo
2005FaenaGalerie Anne-Marie Marquette-Le Troisième Ceil, BordeauxGroup
2005New YorkGalerie Rapha l 12, FrancfortSolo
200550eme salon de MontrougeMontrougeGroup
2005Carte blanche a Nathalie Béreau Galerie Jacques Levy, ParisGroup
2005UnknownEspace du village royal, ParisGroup
2005UnknownFoire de Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2005Salon St’art Galerie Nicole Buck, StrasbourgGroup
2005Jardin originelTemple de ChaurayGroup
2005Tony SoulieGallery St Germain Premier, Los AngelesSolo
2005Autoportraits Temple de ChaurayGroup