French artist and photographer Didier Massard is a magician of photographic illusion. He creates his intricate fictional miniature landscapes simply on the table in his studio. His paintings aim to depict the journeys that our imaginations take whenever we hear stories, or read novels and fairy tales. Fantastic scenery, which Didier Massard creates and then photographs, transports the audience to an unknown land of beauty and magic.
Like the chief director of theatrical productions, he creates models of fictional scenes, beautiful sets, which are then illuminated and photographed. "Imaginary Journeys" is a series of fabulous landscapes. The photographer creates a deceptive illusion, with an atmosphere reminiscent of magical realism in painting.
Didier Massard was born and raised in Paris, studied at the University of Paris, where he received his BA in Art and Archeology in 1975. For 25 years he has been a commercial photographer working for clients in the fashion and cosmetics industry, including global brands such as Chanel, Hermes and many others. After completing a series of works "Imaginary Journeys", on which he worked for about 10 years, he began to deal exclusively with his own projects. His works are born from memory, which suggests romantic and beautiful places previously seen and fixed in the mind.
Just as a magician makes various objects appear with a wave of his wand, so the artist animates his fantastic worlds born from his imagination. The genius of light effects does his work so skillfully that it is simply impossible to distinguish between a real landscape and a landscape constructed by the artist. Its exotic locations are reminiscent of Ireland, China, India, Holland and the cliffs of Normandy. Massard works for a long time on each scene and admits that “each painting is a journey that took place in the vastness of his imagination.” Color and space, combined with refined details, create a sense of illusion and deception, which is more characteristic of painting with magical realism.
Didier Massard's work is featured in many international collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, SEI Corporation, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, U.S. Trust and others.
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