Westby and Mercier

Westby and Mercier

Everything started with a personal photographic and video series project, called “À Deux Mains - Made by Hand”. The main purpose was to immortalize hands creating something, with a very artistic, sensitive and unique style of image, created with a special technique during filming.

I did the first episode of this collection with my father-in-law while he was building a big Titanic model. I filmed and photographed him during an entire afternoon, with the idea of following every step of the building of this model coming back to shoot him four times a month until the completion. Unfortunately, he passed away a few days after. 

Since our first meeting in France during the opening reception of one of her exhibition, I wanted to work with Chantal. I saw this proposition like a beautiful opportunity to realize my dream. I immediately contacted her to propose a collaborative project centered around the creative process of her paintings.

Without a minute she responded with an enthusiastic “YES”, and four month later, I was in her Philadelphia Studio to start working on the project. 

It was not the first time for Chantal to be filmed in her studio. She had been the main star of a well known and critically well  received  six  part  Belgium  documentary  film called “America, America”, directed by the talented Anne-Marie Avouac and broadcast in France on the popular documentary series “Strip-Tease’. It was also widely distributed throughout Europe and the entire world. But this was the first time for her to be followed, filmed and photographed in the heart of the intimate part of her creative process, at the moment when every artist is  most vulnerable. She opened her doors as well as her heart to me. 

During ten entire days, we have lived a connection like never before. It is not easy for a painter to have someone turning around you with a camera while you are creating. And  because  of  my  special  filming  technique,  the camera needed to be very close to her hands. It was impossible for me to use a zoom. For the first hours, we searched for a comfortable physical collaboration.. We never talked. And before we knew it, her brushes and my camera had started to become one. It was natural and the light was reflecting off the canvas while it was entering into the lense of my camera. The ink was mixing effortlessly with the mineral pigments, just as our two forms of artistic expression began to mix..

Without any planning, the first painting Chantal did represented a black hole, the source of creation,the first and most powerful energy in the universe. Once again, the light was at the center of this project.

This is why, when the time came to find a title for the project, the Latin expression «Fiat Lux» was an obvious choice. This expression can be translated by «Let there be light» and would have been the first words pronounced by God before the Creation. It was not a question of religion, it was a question of creation and origins. Chantal and I are both of French origin and the French language come from the Latin. As well as being a reference to our origins,it also reflects the light  shone by my Father-in-law’s legacy on this project.

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Westby and Mercier - Creaturae#Lux Metal Print, Photography View on a wall Creaturae#Lux, 2017
Metal Print
40" x 20"

Limited Edition of 3
$1650
Westby and Mercier


Creaturae#Lux, 2017
Metal Print
40" x 20"

Limited Edition of 3
$1650
Westby and Mercier - Lux#Atramento Metal Print, Photography View on a wall Lux#Atramento, 2017
Metal Print
16" x 24"

Limited Edition of 3
$1050
Westby and Mercier


Lux#Atramento, 2017
Metal Print
16" x 24"

Limited Edition of 3
$1050
Westby and Mercier - Lux#Digitus Metal Print, Photography View on a wall Lux#Digitus, 2017
Metal Print
20" x 30"

Limited Edition of 3
$1250
Westby and Mercier


Lux#Digitus, 2017
Metal Print
20" x 30"

Limited Edition of 3
$1250
Westby and Mercier - Fiat#Lux Metal Print, Photography View on a wall Fiat#Lux, 2017
Metal Print
20" x 30"

Limited Edition of 3
$1250
Westby and Mercier


Fiat#Lux, 2017
Metal Print
20" x 30"

Limited Edition of 3
$1250
Westby and Mercier - Lux#Cogitatio Metal Print, Photography View on a wall Lux#Cogitatio, 2017
Metal Print
16" x 24"

Limited Edition of 3
$1050
Westby and Mercier


Lux#Cogitatio, 2017
Metal Print
16" x 24"

Limited Edition of 3
$1050
Westby and Mercier - Let There Be Light Ink on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Let There Be Light, 2016
Ink on Canvas
36" x 48"
$5100
Westby and Mercier


Let There Be Light, 2016
Ink on Canvas
36" x 48"
$5100
Westby and Mercier - Lux#Setis Metal Print, Photography View on a wall Lux#Setis, 2017
Metal Print
40" x 20"

Limited Edition of 3
$1650
Westby and Mercier


Lux#Setis, 2017
Metal Print
40" x 20"

Limited Edition of 3
$1650
Westby and Mercier - Lux#Caligo Metal Print, Photography View on a wall Lux#Caligo, 2017
Metal Print
16" x 24"

Limited Edition of 3
$1050
Westby and Mercier


Lux#Caligo, 2017
Metal Print
16" x 24"

Limited Edition of 3
$1050
Westby and Mercier - Lux#Manus Metal Print, Photography View on a wall Lux#Manus, 2017
Metal Print
36" x 24"

Limited Edition of 3
$1550
Westby and Mercier


Lux#Manus, 2017
Metal Print
36" x 24"

Limited Edition of 3
$1550
Westby and Mercier - The Ring of the Life (or of the Way) Acrylic & Mixed Media on Canvas, Mixed Media View on a wall The Ring of the Life (or of the Way), 2017
Acrylic & Mixed Media on Canvas
60" x 80"
$6500
Westby and Mercier


The Ring of the Life (or of the Way), 2017
Acrylic & Mixed Media on Canvas
60" x 80"
$6500
Westby and Mercier - The Others World Ink & Gold on Canvas, Mixed Media View on a wall The Others World, 2016
Ink & Gold on Canvas
18" x 24"
$4050
Westby and Mercier


The Others World, 2016
Ink & Gold on Canvas
18" x 24"
$4050
Westby and Mercier - Seemingly Endless Ink & Gold on Canvas, Mixed Media View on a wall Seemingly Endless, 2016
Ink & Gold on Canvas
60" x 60"
$6000
Westby and Mercier


Seemingly Endless, 2016
Ink & Gold on Canvas
60" x 60"
$6000
Westby and Mercier - Beyond Infinity Ink & Gold on Canvas, Mixed Media View on a wall Beyond Infinity, 2016
Ink & Gold on Canvas
40" x 30"
$4750
Westby and Mercier


Beyond Infinity, 2016
Ink & Gold on Canvas
40" x 30"
$4750
Westby and Mercier - Outside Time Ink & Silver on Canvas, Mixed Media View on a wall Outside Time, 2016
Ink & Silver on Canvas
60" x 36"
$5400
Westby and Mercier


Outside Time, 2016
Ink & Silver on Canvas
60" x 36"
$5400
Westby and Mercier - Eternity Acrylic & Gold on Canvas, Mixed Media View on a wall Eternity, 2017
Acrylic & Gold on Canvas
40" x 30"
$4750
Westby and Mercier


Eternity, 2017
Acrylic & Gold on Canvas
40" x 30"
$4750
Westby and Mercier - Fiat#Lux Ink on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Fiat#Lux, 2016
Ink on Canvas
36" x 12"
$4200
Westby and Mercier


Fiat#Lux, 2016
Ink on Canvas
36" x 12"
$4200

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