Gildas Berthelot is a recognised designer bringing us with contemporary art furniture that is inspiring. For collectors, to become a gallerist is the dream of being able to meet and support great artists in their creative endeavour. Gildas Berthelot is a marvellous example of this adventure, of a life turned towards artistic creation and the mastery of craft techniques.
Over the long period, the history of art has experienced pendulum effects between more rigid trends and more baroque periods. Clearly, Gildas Berthelot’s work should be read in the light of the great baroque movements of the past.
Berthelot says that since his childhood, he has been fascinated by Bernini’s marble sculptures in Rome. The stone which comes to life and becomes the expression of desire, both in the Rape of Proserpina and in Apollo and Daphne, the exceptional mastery of technique and the sensuality of the composition can only agitate the viewer. It is truly this monochrome sensuality of the suave, silky, sensual matter that we find in his works.
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The works are essentially organic. The lyricism of their forms refers to a fantastical, even phantasmagorical, nature. They recall an Art Nouveau aesthetic with the use of curves and counter curves. Their pure forms are also reminiscent of the art of Constantin Brancusi; their forms, at times morphological, recall Henry Moore, or Richard Deacon too.
The artist says: “I discovered modern art one Sunday afternoon at the Pompidou Centre when I was 16. That day, Moore, Brancusi, Picasso, Giacometti opened their arms to me. During the 1980s, while was a student at the Paris Beaux-Arts, the discovery of English sculpture was a real breath of fresh air. Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Bill Woodrow brought me a lot with their freshness, their humour, their enthusiasm in creating forms. Strangely, I became sensitive to Art Nouveau later. When I wanted to tackle the issue of furniture, Art Nouveau with its extravagance and its lyricism influenced me a lot, made me want to become baroque and allowed me to do so. In addition, this period of art, especially Gaudí, remains a reference for me today”.
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