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.