With a combination of artistic culture, personal talent for design and business, Philippe Charriol has successfully forged his own style through the years. From watchmaking to jewelry, he has created an exclusive range of luxury products inspired by the dual millennium Celtic art. His motto « L’art de vivre la différence »- the art of living the difference marks its collections of a personal imprint voluntarily tinged with originality. Following this deepest concern for art, it is thus relatively early with regard to the debuts of his brand, that Philippe Charriol decided to create an art foundation wearing his name in 1985…
As an art connoisseur, Philippe Charriol has always been fascinated by the creativity of Asian Modern Artists. He even compares himself to them, saying « they are like me : art entrepreneurs and creators. »
Established in Hong-Kong, his foundation is an approved charitable organization that aims at promoting art and providing opportunities for the development of artists. It is also an associate institution of the International fund for the promotion of culture under the UNESCO. Its sponsors include prestigious names such like Accor Hotels, Air France, Times Square, etc.
Philippe Charriol foundation organizes numerous activities such as art competition, exhibitions, seminars. Funds collected in this occasion served to promote the work of the artists through travel, study and exhibitions. It provides also different means for artists to develop their talents such like material help for their working or living conditions and bursary.
The Philippe Charriol competition first began with two categories in 1986, Painting and Sculpture. All finalists’ entries were auctioned at an auction party after some public exhibitions. Funds raised from the auction enabled the winners to further their artistic development through travel, study and exhibitions. Since its beginning, the foundation benefited from a good reputation. In 1990, numerous personalities from Asia or Europe made the travel to the ceremony of the prize-giving to attend this major event. Step by step, Philippe Charriol foundation gained an influential force; public and media attention regularly focusing on its work.
Culminating its patronage with UNESCO, the Philippe Charriol Foundation presented in 2000 an exhibition at UNESCO Headquarters, in the famous « Salle des pas perdus » in Paris. A few years later, after a successful collaboration with the Macao Museum in 2003, Philippe Charriol foundation decided also to extend its competition to Macau. This competition welcomed permanent residents from Hong-Kong and Macau, under the theme « Speed and humanity » for the painting category.
In 2006, Philippe Charriol Foundation introduced a breakthrough to the art competition and launched the competition biennally, in order to allow entrants to create their art works with sufficient time. In its art competition 2006-2007, the discipline chosen was visual arts, including ceramics, installation, painting and sculpture. More than 160 entries were received and 37 pieces of art works were selected by the professional adjudicating panel.
By participating in this competition, finalists have been introduced to the socialites and have benefited from the exposure of their art pieces. These first steps allowed some of them to envisage an artistic career and lots of business opportunities whereas Philippe Charriol was rewarded as a Chevalier des Arts & des Lettres. Now that Hong-Kong is known as Asia’s leading place for international contemporary art, the Philippe Charriol foundation has all the more means to prolong its mission in order to promote new talents.