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Artist Statement

My sculptures are mainly inspired by horses and equestrian sports although I also sculpt various other subjects such as wildlife and dogs. In my work I deconstruct the movements, simplify the shapes and identify the dynamic and the rhythms of the lines to produce contemporary sculpture. I am working on different projects or approach of the subjects that defines different experimentations and concerns such as geometric, forms and shape or space. In each projects, I work on a number of maquettes and works.

I use different materials from old ones (bronze, raku, ceramic) to new ones (clear acrylic and Perspex) and a variety of techniques in each project but my thinking and my inspiration are mostly consistent. Each works are linked by recurring forms and shape concerns and through the subjects.

My inspiration comes from various sources from the “French animalier” to the simplicity and purity of Brancusi’s work, the shapes and presence of Henry Moore sculptures, the sharp and clean lines of Calder metal sculptures as well as Pompom, Lynn Chadwick, architecture old and modern.

My journey

When I started sculpting,my work was initially inspired and influenced by the work of the 19th century "French Animaliers", such as Pierre Jules Mene and Antoine Louis Barye. My work was capturing the beauty and power of the animal and capturing the essence of the subject - I sculpt mainly horses, dogs and a bit of wildlife.

I have studied anatomy and movement to understand the subject but I now feel that sculpting so close to reality is actually stoping me capturing the pure essence and the true force of the movement. In some of my latest work in that period of time , I already started to remove some of the details or part of the body of the horse but I feel I need to strip down to pure lines, remove any details and simplify forms, movement , understand rythme to find the inner strength of the piece.

"The simplicity is the complexity solved."- Brancusi

      

With my latest research (pictures above), my inspiration have also moved and I am finding new inspiration in artists such as Francois Pompon, Calder, Marini, Lynn Chadwick but also Henry Moore, Dick Marcusen and Picasso.

On of the artist who is probably inspiring the most is Pompon. Pompon 's preoccupation in his art is to express the movement with the strenght of the lines that defines the animal. Volumes are defined in space by the purity of the lines. The more a sculpture is removed from details that tied it to the realism, morethe form capture the essence of the subject but this requires perfect anatomy knowledge. Pompon has been influenced by Brancusi amongst all.

  sketching from life