The award-winning artist Douglas Mandry explores the nature of reality through his photographic works.
Mandry, who has partnered with Swiss luxury skincare house La Prairie to capture sublime landscapes of his homeland, finds that photography allows him to convey a universal message, regardless of language or culture.
Now through November 19, three of Mandry’s works for La Prairie are live for bidding in our latest Contemporary Photography sale on Artnet Auctions. Mandry’s striking pictures of the Swiss landscape would make an exciting addition to any contemporary photography collection.
While the famed landscapes of Switzerland have been shaped in the public imagination by both art and pop culture, Mandry feels a unique connection to the country where he was born, lives, and works. For his collaboration with La Prairie, the artist traveled all over Switzerland to capture natural phenomena that caught his eye. Then, once back in the studio, he would re-appropriate the landscapes and add his own meaning.
“Of course, nature is beautiful as it is, but what is even stronger is the feeling you get when you actually experience it physically,” Mandry said of his artistic process. “What I try to do with the way I work with my images is to transpose a bit of my emotion into the landscape which I photographed, and increase or add emotions to the subject and share the emotions that I feel, which I believe are stronger than reality.”
The three works live in Artnet Auctions’s sale—Horizon II (2020), Light Beam Over Titlis (2020), and Over the sea of fog (2020)—are also being sold for a good cause. Proceeds from the sales of all three works will go to the ETH Foundation (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), whose internationally recognized Department of Glaciology has made outstanding contributions to glacier studies, climate studies, and environmental conservation.
“I like that art has become a means to protect nature and to create awareness. Since nature is my main inspiration, it is a beautiful thing to be able to give back,” Mandry said.
La Prairie also has a history of supporting the ETH Foundation. In 2019, in honor of Swiss National Day, the company donated proceeds from select sales to support the preservation of Swiss glaciers.
Don’t miss your chance to purchase a masterwork of contemporary photography while donating to this influential foundation. Click through to view the lot pages for Horizon II (2020), Light Beam Over Titlis (2020), and Over the sea of fog (2020), and be sure to place your bid before the sale closes on November 19.
Don’t hesitate to contact the specialist for these lots, Madeline Cornell, with any questions.
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