Alain Bellino was born in Nice in 1955. In the 80’s, he discovered the world of metal and ornamentation in his father’s workshop and since then he dedicated to detailed steampunk sculptures.
It was there where he learnt gold and silver plating and bronze restoration.
The Darth Vader mask, demonstrates how delicately Bellino’s creations connect modern and antique worlds.
After many years of practice and technical research dedicated to rehabilitating and re-composing objects, he engaged in an artistic way around 2010. The ornament that is torn from its original support then becomes the very structure of his sculptures.
Bronze ornamentations assembled by extremely precise welding are the base material. Weighted with the nobility of the material joined to their own history, they support a fragmented memory and they bring the artist a precious help as well as a constraint.
Alain got special inspiration from the Renaissance period. “Vanitas are one of my favourite themes, typical of classical sceneries. In my work of re-directing and re-assembling, which is both iconoclast and highly rigorous from a formal point of view, at the crossroads between past and future, I try to rehabilitate the ornamentation.”- he says.
He transforms various old items such as cutlery or chandeliers by welding them into fascinating works of art. Various steampunk motifs and floral ornamented skulls are frequent objects in his work. Bellino’s vanitas are often infused with extra surrealism, for example castles and ships and mounting on top of skull sculptures.
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