Born in Alsace, France, Jean-Claude Louis moved to the United States in 1990, where he currently resides, on Bainbridge Island. A physician and scientist, he led a long career in medical research, which he left in 2007 to pursue his passion for art and photography. Since 2009, he makes his living as a professional fine art photographer, by selling his work at juried art festivals and in his gallery in Poulsbo.
Using traditional film, as well as digital photography, digital processing, and printmaking techniques, I create images that explore themes of the natural world. Trees are a favorite motif, but I am not particular about subject matter. I make images of landscapes, seascapes, flowers, plants, reflections - you name it and I have probably shot it, and seemingly at random. But my esthetic is distinctive. Instead of presenting the reality of things, I find my fascination in transforming it into a subjective perspective. "Making" an image rather than" taking' a picture - less description, more imagination; less documentation, more suggestion. Working with color, light, shadows, contrast and texture, I seek to make images with visual appeal, and I trust that the enchantment, the poetry will follow.
Some of my images are made from single photographs, others are created by combining multiple photographs, adding textures and backgrounds. These photographs are digitally assembled to achieve an original design. Once the digital images are complete, a metal print is created. Metal prints represent a new art medium for presenting photographs by infusing dyes, using heat and pressure, directly into coated brushed aluminum plates. The image is infused into the surface of the print and not resting on it. As the light plays with the sheer metal and the inks, the image will take on an almost magical luminescence. Metal print editions are limited to 50 prints, including all sizes.
jeanclaudeLOUIStudioA new body of work combines the media and nuances of photography, painting and printmaking techniques, and takes advantage of modern digital technologies. Photo-derived imagery, gold leaf, paints and other materials are encased (i.e. "drowned") in thick layers of varnish. The images are printed on very thin, handmade Japanese Kozo paper that virtually disappears when varnish is layered over it. Thus they appear to be suspended within glass, with a luminescence similar to that found in historic orotones or goldtones. There are editions to each piece, but in order to maintain an organic feel, not two are exactly alike in size, texture or color.