After viewing “Mississippi Masala” again, I wanted this “ELEMENTS of FIERCE!” blog to celebrate artist that have always based the wonder of their work on the unification of diversity. I’m featuring two artist and dear friends;
JULESde NIVERVILLE, Photographer Extraordinaire,
“In all the years that I’ve know him, he has glorified the beauty of diversity and what it brings to his work. Pushing buttons, raising consciousness, provoking emotions, Jules photography is more than just an image, but becomes a mirror in which we check ourselves!”
A visual artist with a well trained eye and passion for detail, Jules has been oscillating between commercial photography and film for 20 years. Whether he is on set with a client or in the field for his personal projects, Jules’ work strives to enchant with a unique and dynamic vision.
Jules has had an extensive background working in film as head set decorator, as well as an assistant art director in television advertising, with skills pooling from extensive visual research, production coordination and strong team leadership. Having worked on both large American Hollywood type films and smaller Québécois productions, his most notable contributions were as set decorator on THE SCORE, THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, and the award winning MAMBO ITALIANO and NEXT FLOOR. More recently Jules had the honour and pleasure of sitting on the jury for the JUTRA. His beginnings in cinema credit him as cinematographer in independent film (for contemporary dance companies), as well as contributor on various projects for the NFB (the National Film board of Canada). His love of the Arts and passion for photography outside the commercial realm have also led to exhibits in MONTREAL and BRUSSELS during their respective MOIS DE LA PHOTO, as well as solo shows in HALIFAX, OTTAWA, TORONTO, WINNIPEG, TAIPEI, SAPPORO and MILAN.
His clients include:
ADIDAS / DIESEL, BULA, LAMPE BERGER, 4VOO, MACHO, KATHERINE BARCLAY, ESPRIT, LIZ CLAIBORNE, LAUNDRY BY DESIGN, BETSY JOHNSON, RENUAR, LA FONDATION DES POMPIERS DU QUÉBEC, DEUXCESTMIEUX.COM, SID LEE, BBDO, ORPHÉE COMMUNICATION, TOURNESOL, DANS UN JARDIN.
His publications include:
ROSTRUM, NAKED EYE, ICONIQUE.COM (Netherlands), BLUE (Australia), ADORABLE, ARUDE (USA), MIX, SLINGSHOT, PHOTOPHILE, PHOTOGRAPHY QUARTERLY (USA), OCEAN DRIVE, LE VOIX DU VILLAGE, MOEBIUS.
His awards include:
CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY FINE ARTS DEAN AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM PRODUCTION, LUX GRAND PRIZE MEILLEURES PHOTO PROFESSIONNELLES: OBJET/DÉCORATION
DAVID SPADA, Artist, Jewelry Designer, Founder of “Freedom Rings”,
“My fondest memories of David have and always will be every June for New York’s annual Gay Pride March, and the first time we participated in San Francisco Pride to launch his “Freedom Rings”. He would bring his models together from all over the world, literally, and custom design outfits for us all, and yes, we would win best float every year!” I enjoyed working with him in his East Village Atelier helping do fittings for all the gorgeous internationally flavored bodies that would come through our doors! Every year for the annual “Party of Life” David would wrap me in yet another fabulously colorful creation as one of his dancers who lived and still lives for the sounds of DJ Larry Le Van.
Freedom Rings Make Fashion Statement
July 17, 1992
In one year, Freedom Rings have gone from being exclusively a symbol of gay pride to a symbol of independence and freedom for some and a fashion statement for others.David Spada, 30, creator of the sets of six rainbow-colored anodized aluminum rings, is amused and amazed. Since the rings’ debut last June at the annual gay Freedom Day Parade in San Francisco, the New York jewelry designer has produced and sold more than 60,000 sets of the $6 to $15 rings. They come in varying sizes so they can be worn as rings, charms or bracelets. Continue reading