Nicolas Ruel is a Montreal-based photographer and essayist, first recognized for his black and white photographic essays on the Moscow Metro in 2000 and Angkor Wat in 2002. He has garnered international recognition for his works utilizing a double exposure technique in which he overlaps images of the world’s largest cities onto one another, blending time and space and intertlacing figures, architecture, cityscape and landscape; the result is haunting with superimposed elements and demonstrates Ruel’s mastery of artistic expression in the photographic medium. Printed onto stainless steal, the finished works are nostalgic yet retain a decidedly contemporary feel.
Ruel studied Photography and International Relations at Cégep de Vieux Montreal (1993), and scriptwriting at the Université de Québec at Montreal (1995). He has won over eight LUX prizes during his career and has three permanent public art works installed in Montreal. His solo exhibitions have been shown around North America and he has participated in group exhibitions around the world, most notably at the Foire internationale d'art contemporain in Chicago, the Barbican Centre in London, England, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, and the Galerie Sein 51 in Paris, France.
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