Philippe Pallafray

Medium: Sculpture ~ Furniture ~ Metal | Location: Sainte-Pétronille, Québec

I worked for 15 years in France in the field of decorative and fine arts and for 10 years I managed my own art auction house. Since moving to Québec in 2006, I have focused my attention on creations experimenting with various medium such as metal, wood, glass, antlers and Plexiglas. I have been part of The Artist Project in Toronto, the One of a Kind Show in Toronto and Vancouver, The Architectural Home Design Show in New York and the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. I have been member of Le Conseil des Métiers d’Art du Québec since 2012.  My work can be found in private collections in Ontario, Québec, British Columbia, France and the United States.

My creations embody the duality of nature and industry. To create furniture, I often use materials derived from my environment either from nature or reclaimed material. They are functional pieces of art. My geometrically shaped sculptures, whose angles and planes resemble Japanese origami, oppose the strength of metal with the fragility of paper. I use industrial steel components that I shape, cut into sheets, fold, weld and patinate. The empty spaces, like a vacuum, evoke disappearance, absence, and loss — the merciless destiny of all civilizations since the beginning of time.

Societies are born and die in an infernal cycle of life, disappearance and renewal. What is to become of ours, one that is proud to a point where it leaves in its wake a history of massacres, environmental neglect, arrogance of power, pollution, wars and epidemics?  Inspired by the “Too Big to Fail” debacle of the financial world, in 2012 I started a series of wall sculptures where animal life — specifically endangered species — evolve into urban or industrial settings. “Too Big to Fail” addresses the issue of climate change where floods are putting both animal and human lives in distress and also expresses the consequences of the overconfidence of the industrial world, leading too often to unfortunate chemical disasters. I am hopeful for a world where peace and harmony can be restored.