Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Christophe Charbonnel

To start this month of June 2015, I am very pleased to present to you the French sculptor Christophe Charbonnel, from which you can still see several very large pieces currently exposed until the end of the month in various places (such as the townhall) of the French town of Compiègne, not too far from Paris.
Le Parisien - extrait photo Jean-Luc Grandvallet

You may like his many ways to express the male body, through faces, usually, or in full body size, sometimes by far larger and taller than that!
Le Messager or Stratège - Bronze - 2014
'David' - 2012

Christophe Charbonnel is now aged 48. After some years with the Walt Disney studios in France, drawing then modelling, he started to sculpt under the guidance of the French sculptor Philippe Seené, and did his first bronze in 1992, before to display his work since 1998, mostly in Paris, but also in other French cities like Cannes, St Tropez, and in Belgium.

Persée II, 2011
Large compagnies have been attracted by his impressive pieces, or group of warriors for example.

Warrior's group- 2009
Veilleur Monumental (Watchman) - 2013
Major hotels like the Ritz in Paris, or Four Seasons in Cannes, have also acquired some of his master pieces. Christophe Charbonnel was a laureate of the Taylor Foundation in 2010.

The Bayart art gallery is the sculptor's agent, in exclusivity. On their website, you can see the numerous pictures of his sculptures, and you can also order the various catalogues available about his work.

Some other links:
Christophe Charbonnel artist website
Interesting interview (in French) from the Bayart gallery founder.
Italian blog mentioning him.
Gay Cultes, the elegant and classy French gay blog who mentioned Christophe Charbonnel