alexandre nicolas: vanité helvètique

April 11, 2019

Bold, Puzzling Sculpture 

Almost like performances, some of Alexandre Nicolas’ sculptures are large-scale, ephemeral works of art. Sculpting sand or ice, the artist cultivates his taste for dramatic presentation and his fascination for shaping raw materials. These experiences led him to the quest for new materials, such as the discovery of synthetic resin-like crystal, in which he embeds smaller pieces.
Intrigued by modern myths and symbols as a contemporary artist, Alexandre Nicolas provokes a dialogue on the notion of vanity and the creation of this emblematic work titled “Vanité Helvètique,” which is surprising to say the least. The symbol of death appears before your eyes, with a figural skull embedded in synthetic crystal. There is a sense of lightness, as if time was stopped instantaneously and the skull has been caught floating in a transparent housing. The exterior coldness of the resin is counterbalanced by the bright color of the sculpture inside. The form and red color of the cross evokes the look of the Swiss flag. 

Price: 16,000€

Characteristics: Sculpture, one-of-a-kind piece, embedded in synthetic crystal. Height: 12” / Width 12” 

Work by this artist can be seen at

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March 26, 2019

Fascinating Street Art 

Strong color, linear variations, graffiti: elements that define paintings by Tanc, one of the most successful street artists of his generation. Influenced by the abstract expressionists, this visual artist/painter born in Paris grew up as a graffiti artist, be it on the street or on canvas.

Today, nuances of black, an accent on line and color, and the vitality of graffiti-style writing are at the heart of his work. Like a nod to the work of Henri Michaux, Tanc’s research is based on the synthesis of strokes, rhythm, color, and energy.

Painting on canvas, 135 x 120 cm, unique work of art, price on request

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alain le chatelier

March 21, 2019

Under The Tropical Sun

After a first visit to St Barth, French painter Alain Le Chatelier, fell completely in love with the Caribbean. Since then, the beauty of the tropics has slowly crept into this work, where lush vegetation and hot colors make his paintings truly captivating. 

Fascinated by the laidback lifestyle of Saint Barth, Alain Le Chatelier pays homage to all that creates the charm of the island: the blues of the sea, the cactus, the hummingbirds, shells... The juxtaposition of such elements, often in unexpected ways, combines flawlessly with his explosive use of color.

After a first glance, it seems that the signature of Alain Le Chatelier’s work can be found in the presence of a full environment, completely integrated into the canvas. The idea is to both delineate and perfect what he is painting within an envelope of greenery. For example, on a canvas of Grand-Cul-De-Sac, one can see a bestiary of flora and fauna that inhabits the bay. In the foreground, every detail counts. There are large cacti, as well as flowering plants, while a small bird shows the tip of its beak. In the background, the main subject, the sea and its turquoise waters. The artist continues to add exquisite details: nuances of pink in the sky, the force of the waves in the lagoon, a sailboat bobbing on the horizon, the reddish roofs of the Creole cottages, the palm trees bending to the wind… The canvases are busy, but every element has its place.

A man of many talents, the diversity of Alain Le Chatelier’s artistic production is prodigious. Some of his work evokes the brilliant style of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who has influenced generations of artists who followed in his footsteps. These fabulous anthropomorphic portraits composed of fruits, vegetables, flowers, or even animals can be found in Le Chatelier’s incredible repertoire as well.

Every series of the artist’s paintings are simply adored by art lovers as well as the general public. The permanent exhibit of his work includes over 20 pieces where Alain Le Chatelier’s great love for nature is omnipresent. The paintings, including panoramas of the island, display the extent of the artist’s extraordinary universe.

These canvases are open to interesting metaphorical interpretations. It’s up to you to take a look...

Prices: Starting at 5,000€

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mb&f & l’epee 1839: medusa

February 4, 2019

A Captivating Expression Of Time

One thing is for certain: once you have plunged into the depths of Medusa, it’s hard to look away. For its tenth collaboration with L’Epée 1839, Switzerland’s leading clockmaker, MB&F, the top designer of timepieces in the world, takes a dive into the warm ocean waters where intriguing and ancient jellyfish abound.

Medusa is double configuration clock, housed in a hand-blown dome of Murano glass. It can be ceiling mounted or placed on a desk. Medusa’s central section of hand-blown Murano glass calls to mind the bell-shaped body of a jellyfish. Two rotating rings—one for the hours and the other for minutes—are visible through the glass dome, and the time can be read from a single indicator that extends over the rings. A movement beating at 2.5 Hz (18’000 A/h) located below the time indicator, is like the pulsating heart of this mechanical creature.

Double configuration

Medusa can sit on a desk, or another other flat surface, thanks to a specific support with curved legs. This is designed to hold the base of the movement and allow easy access to the mechanism for winding and setting the time.

When the clock is suspended from the ceiling, Medusa changes its supporting legs for hand-blown Murano glass tentacles. Attached to the mechanism, the tentacles move softly with the slightest motion of the clock—recalling the movement of a jellyfish in the ocean currents.

Key points: Designed to evoke one of the most eloquent, yet mysterious creatures of the sea, Medusa blends exceptional artistic technique with Swiss clock-making precision, once again pushing the envelope of possibility.

Plus: Like a luminescent jellyfish in the depths of the sea, Medusa glows in the dark thanks to Super-LumiNova.

Characteristics: Total components: 231; Approximately 6kg; Dome and tentacles in hand-blown Murano glass; Movement and standing base in stainless steel and brass; Indexes with Super-LumiNova; L’Epée 1839 suspended movement, designed and manufactured in-house: Dimensions for the hanging version: 286 mm tall x 250 mm diameter, and for the standing version: 323 mm x 250 mm

Three limited editions of 50 pieces, each in a different color: blue, green, or pink

Price: 25,500 Swiss Francs / 22,400€ 

Points of sale>>

ST BARTH: Diamond Genesis, Rue de la République, Gustavia

GENEVA: M.A.D.Gallery, 11 Rue Verdaine

PARIS: Chronopassion, 271 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 


stephane dessaint: landing beach 2

January 14, 2019

A Photograph You’d Love To Take Home

What better than wandering the streets of Gustavia in St Barth and treating yourself to some wonderful finds? Alongside the luxury boutiques, you’ll find Clic St Barth, a concept store worth the detour. The windows alone convey the pretty things inside: accessories, ready-to-wear, décor…and immense images on the walls that grab the eye. Nudes and landscapes, from the unusual to glamour…the beauty of these photographs is breathtaking.

Among these images, one by Stéphane Dessaint invites contemplation. This shot of a plane taking off over the beach in St Jean attracts attention and allows viewers to interpret it as they wish.

Self-taught, this renowned French photographer has shown his work in art galleries in Paris, New York, and St Barth. Each of his photographs gives a unique look at the swarms of people on the beaches of the Riviera or the almost empty beaches of St Barth.

Key points: Like a “see you soon,” or a reminder of the vacation you just spent with friends or family on the island of St Barth

Plus: Stéphane Dessaint has created over 50 images, most of views seen from the sky. There are also no less than 30 photographs by other artists at Clic St Barth.

Price: From $3500 

Characteristics: Landing Beach 2:

SMALL: 27x40 in – 68,5x101 cm

MEDIUM: 59 x 39 in – 150x99 cm

LARGE: 71 x 47 in – 180x119 cm

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December 15, 2017

A Major Street Art Figure

L’Atlas started as a graffiti artist in the 1990s. Fascinated by the art of symbols and writing, he set out to study Arabic calligraphy in Morocco, Egypt, and Syria. He was especially interested in “koufi,” the geometric writing that he used to transpose the codes in the Latin alphabet, creating his own style of typography.

After experimenting with photography, painting, and video, L’Atlas developed a pictorial universe in which every letter is considered as a form, and each form as a letter. Little by little, even the city appeared to him to be full of signs that he collected the almost abstract shapes with a system of imprints.

Eastern thought, according to which duality is the source of being complementary, occupies a preponderant place in his life and in his art. That is the source of his artistic explorations, where one observes a recurring dichotomy between black and white in the major part of his compositions.

His work with typefaces and calligraphy led him to other forms of art in the streets. He became, with urban artist Zevs, a leading figure in the post-graffiti movement and conceived a series of urban interventions. L’Atlas created the outline of urban compasses on one of the facades of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, with one of his frequent tools, extremely large and adhesive gaffer tape.

Over time, parallel to his presence in the streets, his artistic practice evolved toward the conception of works that are more timeless, presented in exhibition spaces adapted to his work. Yet without losing the controversial and subversive spirit that characterizes the artist.

Other work available upon request

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Maryam Eisler

Maryam Eisler is a London-based photographer, editor, and art patron. Born in Iran, she was raised in international schools first in Paris followed by the US. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MBA from Columbia University. She has held editorial roles on several art publications such as: Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and their studios; Art Studio America: Contemporary Artist Spaces; London Burning: Portraits From a Creative City all of which are co-published by TransGlobe Publishing and Thames and Hudson. She is currently holding her first solo exhibition in St Barth at Space SBH Gallery, following her debut show in London at the Tristan Hoare Gallery.

We were very lucky to meet with Eisler and ask her about her work and sources of inspiration.

Tell us the story and your artistic approach behind the series “Searching for Eve in the American West” which you are currently exhibiting.

“I’ve always been attracted to Native American land and spirituality. While working on the book Art Studio America: Contemporary Artist Spaces, I followed in the footsteps of Georgia O’Keeffe experiencing her journey in the New Mexico landscape and visited her home and studio near Abiquiu: I was awed by this hostile and baron nature and the light! What a light! I felt the timelessness of the place, echoing O’Keeffe’s art and words: ‘such a beautiful untouched lonely feeling place, such a fine part of what I call “the faraway”... It is a place I have painted before... even now I must do it again...’ I couldn’t resist the urge to go back by myself, as an artist, only this time with my camera, in order to express my feelings. This time, it was a journey of self-discovery, a spiritual journey of some sort. I spent days hiking in the arid and inhospitable New Mexico desert and canyons. Once again, I was taken by the power of nature and the special light that bathed the land. While shooting Maralah and Wakanda, my models, in this harsh environment I felt what the origin of the world could have looked and felt like! I saw Eve somewhere between the majestic heavens and Mother Earth, standing atop the rocky lines, as sensual and powerful as the monumental nature that had surrounded her. She became my muse, my inspiration, at one with nature and the land.”

Femininity is at the heart of your work. Would you say you’re a feminist?

“If you want to call me a feminist, you can. I celebrate Woman with a capital W in my work, and great female figures are timeless sources of inspiration to me. Last summer, while traveling in the South of France, I visited the “Carrières de Lumière” in Les Baux-de Provence where Jean Cocteau shot Testament of Orpheus in 1960. Wondrous colours, shapes and shades – a perfect setting for seeking mythic antecedents, and I shot my own vision of the nymph. The result of this journey is my second series: “Eurydice in Provence,” an ode to beauty and to the Divine Feminine.”

You were born in Iran, you studied in France and in the US. Which culture has influenced you the most?

“I was lucky to be born in a family open to the world and raised in international milieux. As such, I navigate between the three cultures very easily and feel equally nourished by each one."

Maryam Eisler is surely an inspiring woman... I’m not alone in thinking this as she was voted as one of the "100 Most Powerful Women in Art" by Artnet in 2014.


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Philippe Pasqua

December 12, 2017

A singular style

Born in 1965, Philippe Pasqua is considered one of the major talents of his generation. Self-taught, he started in a small photography studio in Paris to make a living. But he is a portraitist above all, and in the vein of such modern artists as Bacon, Freud, or Jenny Saville, he chose painting to express the vulnerability and intimacy of the faces and bodies he presents.

The human being is the primary source of inspiration for his paintings.

His canvases are violent, powerful, imposing. His main motivation is not aestheticism but expressivity: “I live painting physically and freely.” The representation of his models is not based in realism but impression. The colors are allegorical and the paintings have an unfinished quality that transmits emotion: “I like the unfinished aspect, yet very constructed at the same time, even if there is a very free gesture in my work, accidents, to break with the academic side of things. The design gives form to the human beings and the color gives them life.”

In most cases, his work tends to be oversized and can reach six meters in height. The amplitude of this artist’s gestures and his subjects command the monumental format of his canvases.

Other works available on request


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Founder - Art Dealer / +33611083047


Pierre carreau: liquid extasy

Art photographer Pierre Carreau focuses on images of waves, and this combination of art and artist is the stuff dreams are made of. He has been shooting waves over the past five years for his series AquaViva, and he remains intensely inspired by his subject matter.

Tell us about your career path.

“I came to St Barth 12 years ago, when my wife had a job opportunity here. I didn’t know the island at all, but surprisingly it gave me the desire and courage to restart my career from the ground up. I am originally from Paris, and I lived for a long time in Bordeaux then in Cap Ferret. I worked in management and finance as well as the organization of distribution networks. I represented every aspect of a business, but I did not feel at home in that commercial philosophy, I wanted to convey my own values! I was always interested in images. I made films about kite surfing, another one of my interests, when I was still in France, but once I was in Saint Barth I really focused on photography. That much is clear.”

How did you become a photographer—are you self-taught?

“Yes, I taught myself the fundamentals of the profession. First I specialized in architectural and interior design photography, for villas and luxury hotels. That gave me time to perfect my technique and allow my artistic project to ripen, as well as give free reign to my creativity and sensitivity. It took me several years to find the subject that I wanted to reveal through my lens. Five years ago, I started the series of AquaViva images and I knew that my muse was the waves. I always wanted to live close to the ocean and Saint Barth gives me the perfect place to take my photos in the most beautiful of open-air studios!

My MacroWave and WaterPower series met with immediate success and I was lucky to quickly work with a gallery that is both in Saint Barth and New York. That gave a young artist like myself a lot of visibility. I found sense through my images, and I found personal fulfillment in my life, and that’s what I was looking for.”  

What is your artistic process? How do you work?

“The originality of my work rests in the effects I give to the waves. It is important for me to try and give them a sculptural appearance and to give them volume. In addition to appearance, I like my work to make sense. I hope to transmit the positive energy of the elements to those who view my work. In advance of taking photographs, I continually look at the weather forecast. A certain number of factors must be favorable for me to take good images: the size of the swells, their orientation, and the period during which the wind meets certain criteria. In relation to these elements, I select the beach that is the most favorable and the equipment that is required (telephoto lens or waterproof case). However, even when the conditions are optimal, it is still unpredictable if I will take a photo that I like. That suits me perfectly, I would not thrive if I were able control everything. That’s the price I pay to get images that transcend reality. Because contrary to what a lot of people think, my photos are not retouched. I recently had the chance to come to the attention of an important collector of contemporary art, Charles Saatchi, who acquired an important number of my prints. He plans to show them in the museum at his Saatchi Gallery in London.”

His work is available at Space gallery in Gustavia.


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