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Etienne

French, b. 1952

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Etienne

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French, b. 1952

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Etienne imbues bronze sculptures with an airy lightness by building negative space into his artworks. Simultaneously figurative and abstract, Etienne sculpts mask-like faces and hands to capture intensely spiritual moments of human interaction. He formerly worked with marble, stone, and wood, but transitioned to bronze works for the metal’s ability to balance constructed, solid forms with expressive, hollow ones for virtually unmatched expressiveness. In addition to faces and hands, birds feature prominently in Etienne’s sculptures, functioning as poetic gestures and symbols of freedom, as in the case of L’esperance. Ranging from large-scale to small-scale or wall-mounted, Etienne’s sculptures reveal an underlying poetry in everyday gestures, positioning beauty as something greater than a physical quality.

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Etienne imbues bronze sculptures with an airy lightness by building negative space into his artworks. Simultaneously figurative and abstract, Etienne sculpts mask-like faces and hands to capture intensely spiritual moments of human interaction. He formerly worked with marble, stone, and wood, but transitioned to bronze works for the metal’s ability to balance constructed, solid forms with expressive, hollow ones for virtually unmatched expressiveness. In addition to faces and hands, birds feature prominently in Etienne’s sculptures, functioning as poetic gestures and symbols of freedom, as in the case of L’esperance. Ranging from large-scale to small-scale or wall-mounted, Etienne’s sculptures reveal an underlying poetry in everyday gestures, positioning beauty as something greater than a physical quality.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou