CharlElie’s drawing in honor of the famous retired French tennis player, Yannick Noah, was Roland Garros‘ special edition cover page. So far, Yannick Noah is the only French man who won the French Open 30 years ago, in 1983.
CharlElie’s photo-graphs are exhibited at the gallery “Nomade Monade“
at “Art O Clock” in Paris (La Defense), from September 20th to 22nd. Don’t miss it !
July 1986, CharlElie is recording with Ray Lema at Studio Chateau de Longueville, in the south of Paris.
Did you know CharlElie is a motorcycle enthusiast? Even though he used to ride a little Vespa to Art School everyday when he was younger, CharlElie really fell in love with bikes during his first trip to Australia in the early 90’s. As soon as he went back to France, he got his motorcycle license and bought a black Yamaha 600 XT.
From CharlElie’s adventures with this motorcycle, came the song « Le Biker » on the album Melbourne Aussie (1990). Unfortunately, the bike was stolen in Paris a few years later. Still today, he chooses a two wheel as his main choice of transportation, either on a bicycle in New York, or on a motorcycle in Paris.
Here are a few photos from yesterday’s night at the LCL bank exhibition of CharlElie’s work.
Starting at 7 p.m., CharlElie will be signing his new book “Et Avant” (“And Before”) at the bookstore L’Ouvre Boite, 75010 Paris, France. Meet CharlElie, and get your signed copy !
- CharlElie’s art exhibited at the head office of the LCL Bank in Paris, 2012
- Photography and painting, what does combining them add to your work?
Photography is a capture. You’re in the real, and by extracting this moment from the all absolute, you make it special. In a way, you give it a certain meaning, a certain “importance”. Photography creates new symbols.
Painting is the formalization of the feelings. It is the expression of your deep invisible. Painting and creation is a dive into your own personal mystery. Painting is a door opened to your inner space. It’s a scanner of your soul, the radiography of your psyche.
Combining these two forms of expression allows me to slide on the tight line where the real becomes surreal.
- We know you gave hundreds of concerts, but which were the most memorable ones?
I have lots and lots of memories of my concerts, like an athlete can remember his efforts. But certain were more “important” than some others. Right away I’m thinking at least at ten shows:
- First Olympia / Paris 1981
- Knoxville / Tennessee 1982
- Copenhagen / Danemark1984
- Canberra /Australia 1986
- “Les Naïves” at the Odeon/Paris 1994
- Saint Gilles / La reunion, 1995
- House of Blues / Chicago 1997
- Hanoi, Vietnam / 1998
- Splashlight / New York 2006
- Casino / Paris 2011
I could name a lot of others, but maybe the one that will stay on my mind for a long time is the one in Surabaya, Indonesia, in 1986 during the Asian Tour. During the whole day, colorful cars covered with posters were driving around the streets, announcing the show with some loud speakers, as if it was a circus. At night, the theater was totally full, and after the show it was such a fired ambiance that we needed protection to reach the backyard dressing rooms …
- What is your favorite place in Paris?
I love the XIXth century metallic architecture. Beside the Tour Eiffel, places like the “Gare de Lyon” station, the Grand Palais, Pavilion Baltard or the “Museum of Orsay” are really fascinating.
But I also love things and places from the Paris Art deco that came out in 1925.
CharlElie, September 26th, 2011 – from New York, NY