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Olivier Duhamel

Olivier Duhamel

Olivier Duhamel strives to capture the beauty and the emotions he sees in his subjects of study.

Once metamorphosed into static effigies, his model’s forms surprisingly retain their motion; the artist’s skillful 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.

Olivier Duhamel

A New Zealander since 1991, French born Olivier Duhamel lives on Waiheke Island with his wife Marie-France and their 3 children.

The young Duhamel leaves France before his 20th birthday for extensive travels in Europe, in Africa and in the South Pacific. He arrives in New Zealand with his wife in 1986 and leads a successful 15 years’ career as a software engineer until 2002 at which times he resumes his artistic pursuits.

Duhamel has been a student of Chrystèle Legardinier (etching on copper plates – 1985) and of David Reid (sculptor and founder -2006). He has been a member of the Catherine Mitchell Life Drawing group since 2004.

His principal inspiration is the female nude which he depicts using graphite pencil on paper with great attention to details. Since 2006, Olivier Duhamel started making small sculptures and have since gained rapid success of these classical and elegant figurines.

Like few other sculptors, Olivier Duhamel works on his design, cast and then entire process sculpture making by himself in his Waiheke workshop. This allows him to keep full control over the entire creative process. He prides himself on the quality of his castings.

Loyal to his inspiration of the human form figurative expression, Olivier also makes amazingly detailed and realistic custom life castings. He is the author of the popular "body casting manual", a guide explaining in easy to follow instructions everything one needs to know to make a plaster sculpture of someone chest.

Olivier Duhamel’ s creations do not convey any particular message, do not attempt any conceptual or symbolist exploration, nor do they search to be innovative at all cost. They are rather trying to simply capture the beauty and sensuality of his subjects.

His works are sold in galleries across New Zealand and in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Paris, Marseilles, Nantes, Bruxelles, Shanghai, and Singapore.

Awards

Shell Todd Oil Services Ltd 3D Award -Taranaki National Art awards 2013, New Zealand
Public’s choice awards 2013”, Waitakere Art Council, New Zealand
Winner, People's choice award SEAF 2018 - Seattle, Washington, USA


Publications
“Bronze Casting Manual”
“Body Casting Manual”

Olivier Duhamel strives to capture the beauty and the emotions he sees in his subjects of study.

Once metamorphosed into static effigies, his model’s forms surprisingly retain their motion; the artist’s skillful 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.

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The Making of Yurte - Olivier Duhamel

Published on Sep 23, 2018

The video explains how Olivier Duhamel's laminated sculptures are made.