Once metamorphosed into static effigies, his model’s forms surprisingly retain their motion; the artist’s skilful attention to details brings out their countenance and personality. The translucence of the acrylic lets light reflect the vitality and the dynamic of the pose. Likewise, the dual tone of the wood pieces produces highlights that appears or wanes depending on the point of view, changing the appearance and texture of the sculpture’ s topography.
The stiffness and strength of these materials are distinctively opposed to the softness and suppleness of the body, yet, under the hands of the sculptor, the curves of the flesh and folds of skin are delicately suggested in a celebration of the beauty, energy and sensuality of these women.
Born in 1957 in France and New Zealander since 1987, Olivier Duhamel is a figurative sculptor who has acquired a masterful command of the figurative form. His bronze figurines and laminated sculptures have won awards and are held in many private and public collections, including the Wallace Arts Trust.
After extensive travels in Europe, northern, western and central Africa and the South Pacific, Duhamel settles in New Zealand in 1987 and become a citizen in 1992. He now lives and works on Waiheke Island near Auckland from where he has spent the last 10 years establishing a bronze sculpture practice and a network of art galleries representing his work in New Zealand, in Australia and in Europe. He teaches practical creative workshops, publishes a number of popular art manuals, offers pencil drawings and life casting services on commission and runs a life drawing class.
He has been a student of David Reid (bronze casting) and Chrystèle Legardinier (etching on copper plate) and he has worked on contract for the studio of American sculptor Jeff Koons, NYC.
“Through my creations I am trying to capture the beauty and sensuality of my subjects of study. When it comes to art, I am chiefly concerned with beauty, emotion and mastery of my craft.”