from the gulf of guinea to the hudson’s bay, from antarctica’s weddell sea to the bay of bengal, mathieu lehanneur presents 50 seas – a collection of fifty enameled ceramic works inspired by the many nuances and shades of the sea, opening today at christies in paris.

mathieu lehanneur presents fifty enamelled sea spots in ’50 seas’ exhibition
all images courtesy of mathieu lehanneur

 

 

in 50 seas, mathieu lehanneur crystallises the global colour scheme of the world’s liquid environment, selecting a chromatic topology of the ocean in order to pay homage to its subtleties. to do so the french designer used high-definition satellite photography, identifying fifty points across the earth and materialising them within large ceramic circles.

mathieu lehanneur presents fifty enamelled sea spots in ’50 seas’ exhibition

 

 

the works are enamelled to reproduce the delicate nuances of the ocean with each unique to suggest the geographic specificity of its environment. the collection of works is a continuation of the designer’s liquid marble and ocean memories series. ‘we have to accustom our eyes and our mind with the subtle disparities of things’, lehanneur comments. ‘eskimos have 50 words to define the snow, I selected 50 shades to define the sea.’ the exhibition is on show until february 2nd 2018.

mathieu lehanneur presents fifty enamelled sea spots in ’50 seas’ exhibition

 

mathieu lehanneur presents fifty enamelled sea spots in ’50 seas’ exhibition

 

mathieu lehanneur presents fifty enamelled sea spots in ’50 seas’ exhibition

 

mathieu lehanneur presents fifty enamelled sea spots in ’50 seas’ exhibition

 

mathieu lehanneur presents fifty enamelled sea spots in ’50 seas’ exhibition

 

mathieu lehanneur presents fifty enamelled sea spots in ’50 seas’ exhibition

 

mathieu lehanneur presents fifty enamelled sea spots in ’50 seas’ exhibition

 

mathieu lehanneur presents fifty enamelled sea spots in ’50 seas’ exhibition