Francois du Plessis

François du Plessis’ book objects rarely look like books. They look like large tree slices. They look like gay whirls of colour or vertically arranged landscapes. And they look like small insects running up the sheer wall. No, his book objects do not look like alienated books. And yet they are book objects. Because the are made out of what books are made of: many layers of printed pages, velvety linen bindings or shining soft covers, and colourful bookmarkers.

Biography

François du Plessis’s book objects are made of many layers of printed pages, velvety linen bindings or soft covers, and colorful bookmarks. From these simple materials, he transforms books into sculptures that rarely resemble books but rather cross-sections of trees or aerial views of terraced landscapes with swirls of brilliant color. His evocative titles—“The Vanishing Princess,” “Enchantress of Numbers,” “Days Without End”—suggest that he’s interested in stories, though his work turns them into something alien and new.

Born in Zimbabwe, du Plessis has exhibited internationally, including at art fairs in Cologne, Brussels, and Amsterdam, and in galleries and private collections throughout Europe. He lives and works in Germany.

Born

1961 Zimbabwe, Africa.


Selected Exhibitions

2019 Art Palm Springs, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

           Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

           SCOPE Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2018 35th Anniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2018 LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2018 Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

2017 Gallery Freitag, Aachen, Germany.

           St. Mortiz Art Masters, Switzerland.

2016 Gallery Freitag, Aachen, Germany.

2015 Gallery Freitag, Aachen, Germany.

           Art Fair, Cologne, Germany.

           “Book Stories” - Stern Wywiol Gallery, Hamburg, Germany.

           Contemporary Art Fair, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

           “Livres D’Artistes” – Espace St. Mengold-Huy, Belgium.

           Art Karlsruhe, Germany.

           KunstRai, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Positions Berlin, Germany.

2014 Galerie Freitag 18.30, Aachen

           Art.Fair, Köln

           “Papier Biennale 2014”, Museum Rijswijk, Netherlands.

2013 “Book Stories” – Kunstverein Xanten

           “Book Stories” – Galerie Negen Punt Negen, Roeselare

           “ART 2013 Art Fair”- Utrecht, Galerie Chiefs and Spirits, Den Haag.

           “Book Stories” – Galerie Freitag 18.30, Aachen, Germany.

           “Reactivation”- Betonbox, Düsseldorf

           “DIE GROSSE Kunstausstellung NRW Düsseldorf” – Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf

           “Affordable Art Fair” – Brüssel, Belgien, Galerie Chiefs and Spirits, Den Haag

2012 “Miniaturen” – Galerie Freitag 18.30, Aachen

           “Affordable Art Fair” – Hamburg, Galerie Chiefs and Spirits, Den Haag.

           “Affordable Art Fair” – Amsterdam, Galerie Chiefs and Spirits, Den Haag.

           “Arti 12 Art Fair” – Galerie Chiefs and Spirits, Den Haag

           “Gruppenausstellung”- Galerie T, Middelburg

           “Art Ulm – Int. Kunstmesse”- Artco Galerie, Herzogenrath

           “Open Art Fair” – Utrecht, Galerie Chiefs and Spirits, Den Haag.

           “Ostrale”- Ostragehege, Dresden

           “Zeitgenössische afrikanische Künstler in der Sammlung”-

           (Kindermann Sammlung), Pfalzmuseum Forchheim

           “Art and Antique Fair”- Rosmalen, Galerie Chiefs and Spirits, Den Haag

           “Livres D´ idéés de Livres”- Musée des Beaux-Arts, Verviers

           “Gastarbeiten”- Nadel Fabrik, Aachen

           “DIE GROSSE Kunstausstellung NRW Düsseldorf”- Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf

2011 “Neue Positionen”- In Situ, Maastricht/NL”Miniaturen”- Galerie Freitag 18.30, Aachen.

           “Small is Beautiful”- Monos Art Gallery, Lüttich

           “Arti 11 Art Fair”- Galerie Chiefs and Spirits, Den Haag

           “Alternate Current”- Slib, Hasselt

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Selected Artworks

The Red Book of Animal Stories

The Red Book of Animal Stories

Cut Books & Textiles

34 x 34 x 2 inches

210662

Two Noble Kinsmen

Two Noble Kinsmen

Cut Books & Textiles

34 x 34 x 2 inches

210660

Gold Fever Edition

Gold Fever Edition

Cut Books & Textiles

8 x 8 x 2 inches

210659

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Cut Books & Textiles

24 x 24 x 2 inches

210301

Much Ado about Nothing

Much Ado about Nothing

Cut Books & Textiles

20 x 20 x 2 inches

210297

Kingdom of Gold

Kingdom of Gold

Cut Books & Textiles

33 x 31 x 2 inches

210296

My Psychedelic Studio Pot

My Psychedelic Studio Pot

Cut Books & Textiles

47 x 38 x 2 inches

170495

Born

1961 Zimbabwe, Africa.


Selected Exhibitions

2019 Art Palm Springs, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

           Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

           SCOPE Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2018 35th Anniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2018 LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2018 Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

2017 Gallery Freitag, Aachen, Germany.

           St. Mortiz Art Masters, Switzerland.

2016 Gallery Freitag, Aachen, Germany.

2015 Gallery Freitag, Aachen, Germany.

           Art Fair, Cologne, Germany.

           “Book Stories” - Stern Wywiol Gallery, Hamburg, Germany.

           Contemporary Art Fair, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

           “Livres D’Artistes” – Espace St. Mengold-Huy, Belgium.

           Art Karlsruhe, Germany.

           KunstRai, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Positions Berlin, Germany.

2014 Galerie Freitag 18.30, Aachen

           Art.Fair, Köln

           “Papier Biennale 2014”, Museum Rijswijk, Netherlands.

2013 “Book Stories” – Kunstverein Xanten

           “Book Stories” – Galerie Negen Punt Negen, Roeselare

           “ART 2013 Art Fair”- Utrecht, Galerie Chiefs and Spirits, Den Haag.

           “Book Stories” – Galerie Freitag 18.30, Aachen, Germany.

           “Reactivation”- Betonbox, Düsseldorf

           “DIE GROSSE Kunstausstellung NRW Düsseldorf” – Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf

           “Affordable Art Fair” – Brüssel, Belgien, Galerie Chiefs and Spirits, Den Haag

2012 “Miniaturen” – Galerie Freitag 18.30, Aachen

           “Affordable Art Fair” – Hamburg, Galerie Chiefs and Spirits, Den Haag.

           “Affordable Art Fair” – Amsterdam, Galerie Chiefs and Spirits, Den Haag.

           “Arti 12 Art Fair” – Galerie Chiefs and Spirits, Den Haag

           “Gruppenausstellung”- Galerie T, Middelburg

           “Art Ulm – Int. Kunstmesse”- Artco Galerie, Herzogenrath

           “Open Art Fair” – Utrecht, Galerie Chiefs and Spirits, Den Haag.

           “Ostrale”- Ostragehege, Dresden

           “Zeitgenössische afrikanische Künstler in der Sammlung”-

           (Kindermann Sammlung), Pfalzmuseum Forchheim

           “Art and Antique Fair”- Rosmalen, Galerie Chiefs and Spirits, Den Haag

           “Livres D´ idéés de Livres”- Musée des Beaux-Arts, Verviers

           “Gastarbeiten”- Nadel Fabrik, Aachen

           “DIE GROSSE Kunstausstellung NRW Düsseldorf”- Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf

2011 “Neue Positionen”- In Situ, Maastricht/NL”Miniaturen”- Galerie Freitag 18.30, Aachen.

           “Small is Beautiful”- Monos Art Gallery, Lüttich

           “Arti 11 Art Fair”- Galerie Chiefs and Spirits, Den Haag

           “Alternate Current”- Slib, Hasselt

Biography

François du Plessis’s book objects are made of many layers of printed pages, velvety linen bindings or soft covers, and colorful bookmarks. From these simple materials, he transforms books into sculptures that rarely resemble books but rather cross-sections of trees or aerial views of terraced landscapes with swirls of brilliant color. His evocative titles—“The Vanishing Princess,” “Enchantress of Numbers,” “Days Without End”—suggest that he’s interested in stories, though his work turns them into something alien and new.

Born in Zimbabwe, du Plessis has exhibited internationally, including at art fairs in Cologne, Brussels, and Amsterdam, and in galleries and private collections throughout Europe. He lives and works in Germany.

Francois du Plessis

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Francois du Plessis

François du Plessis’ book objects rarely look like books. They look like large tree slices. They look like gay whirls of colour or vertically arranged landscapes. And they look like small insects running up the sheer wall. No, his book objects do not look like alienated books. And yet they are book objects. Because the are made out of what books are made of: many layers of printed pages, velvety linen bindings or shining soft covers, and colourful bookmarkers.

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