From clay to bronze ...

When my sculptures are finished, they leave my cavern for other places, other large workshops where the work is undertaken in a team, the foundries. There the sculptures are molded. The wax is removed from the molds which are then touched up and coated. The molten bronze (a mix of copper and tin), is injected into the cylinders or shells according to the techniques. On the whole an atmosphere of fire and dust where strange helmeted Vulcans, armed with instruments of torture, preside over the birth of bears and elephants. Then comes the demolding, the most cursed task of all when the mold is broken and the raw cast is cleaned for hours with a pneumatic drill or a power hose. The chasing and finally the patina are the stages where I assume my role to the full. Entrusting your creations to others is delicate and I have to be present constantly. So, many hours, exchanges with the chasers and the patiners and verification are needed to arrive at the final

Moreover, a very ancient technique : The Antikythera Ephebe, (the bronze statue of a youth which is in the National Archeological Museum in Athens) dates from the 4th century BC and the freighter which transported it from Greece to Rome sank around 90 BC. So even at that time there was a collector (or an art dealer)? who had the sculpture transported to decorate his villa. In the history of art there is inscription, as well as symbolism, such as the doe at the foot of the bronze bells of Notre Dame. Current legislation limits each edition to 12 copies (numbered from 1 to 8 and artist proofs from 1 to 4 in Roman numerals), marked with the stamp of the foundry and so contributes to making each copy a unique work. Quite often I am asked for pieces for special occasions, such as births or other important events, and I like to think that they will accompany the recipient his or her whole life. This allows my work to be permanent, in sharp contrast to our current throw-away society.


A Little Wonder

A resumption of the theme "First child" for this sculpture which I created on the birth of Iris, my latest little grand-daughter. I applied myself to expressing what it feels like to be in front of a new-born baby, a mixture of worry for their future life in a changing world, and ofwonder.

Father and Daughter

The remembrance of being happily seated on the shoulders of a father, a hero in the eyes of this little girl. Little by little life will change this image. I wanted to fix this moment of perfect harmony.

Wild boar and her young

Wild BoarWe walk, they see us, invisible presences to our senses as city dwellers. Just maybe we hear a crackling sound, or we see their traces where they have turned and rooted through the earth on the edges of the forest paths. However, I remember four adorable young boars that I saw as they played, carefree, around the Neuville pond. Armed members of...

Acrobats in the garden

For the exhibition  "Sculptures en Liberté" and now to see in my galleries. The first bronze was produced for the "Sculptures en Liberté" exhibition organized jointly by the Val d'Oise Archaeological Museum and the Musée de l’Outil (the Tool Museum). The sculpture therefore spent the entire summer of 2020 on the lawns of the remarkable garden of the Musée...


Bronze sculpture : Quickly 13 x 15 x 7cm Limited edition of 8 numbered examples and four artist's proofs Art foundry Avangini 2020

Elephant in the garden

Sculpture : Eléphant au jardin Sculpture Bronze right on the photography 77,5 x 74 x 45 cm Limited edition of 8 numbered examples and four artist's proofs Art foundry Harze 2020

Hold on tight !

Bronze sculpture 47 x 25 x 22 cm Limited edition of 8 numbered examples and four artist's proofs Art foundry Avangini 2020

Young philosopher

Bronze sculpture : Jeune philosophe 34 x 9 x 13 cm Limited edition of 8 numbered examples and four artist's proofs Art foundry Avangini 2020

Bear and cub

A little affectionate and acrobatic showdown between a father and his child.

Fish race

This bear was born from a moment of inspiration, very quickly, just after consulting the book "Land of the bears". Here is, having fun,  not knowing  "that he sums up the beauty of life at this end of the world"

Back from Fishing

Return from Fishing.  This bear cub was part of a group created in 2015.  I added the two fish in his arms.  Standing firmly on his two feet, the cub radiates the joy of living when one also has such beautiful fish to eat!

Red ball

Bronze sculpture : Le ballon rouge 11 x 7,5 x 5 cm Art foundry Avangini Limited edition of 8 numbered examples and four artist's proofs 2020


Bronze sculpture : Chorus 43 X 54 X 25 cm Limited edition of 8 numbered examples and four artist's proof Fonderie d'art Harze 2020

The bather

Whilst leafing through a book of photographs donated by my daughter Claire, I came across a Keystone Agency photo taken from behind of a little girl in a swimsuit, with a towel around her neck, going for a swim with a baby hippo.  An unusual idea since, a priori, I have never heard of anyone who dreamt of sharing their swim with this animal known to be...

My bear

Bronze for the exhibition "Liaisons Vitales" of the Musée d'histoire naturelle de Lille
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