Cristopher Clark was born in 1963 and Virginie Pougnaud in 1962. They grew up in Paris, where they met, fell in love and later married.
Together they create works with the atmosphere of fairy tales: she, who learned painting from her grandmother, makes maquettes as big as doll houses and then paints them.
He photographs them and, thans to a large experience in the use of photoshop - as well as the patience of the great craftsmen of the past- inserts into Virginie's maquettes the portraits of friends who he had photographed before: he transformed them into the characters of the fantasy worlds she created. For their works, the two artists had received, in 2000, the prestigious Prix Arcimboldo, an event followed by their first exhibition at the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie in Paris.
The result of their accurate work are images where the playful ambiguity between illusion and reality serves to remind us that they are set in an imaginary world, dominated by the unconscious and the memories of childhood. It is '"another world", a hidden dimension, increasingly denied by the hustle and prosaic nature of modern life, and yet never disappeared. It is an intermediate universe, where the nonsense meets sense.
C & P are inspired by the famous American painter Edward Hopper and, especially for the series Lost in Meditation, the painter Vilhelm Hammershøi, considered a continuation of Vermeer and, incidentally, a continuer of Hopper.
In 2006 they received the Prize of the Fondation HSBC for photography.
They exposed their works all over the world.