Presentation

What I like with sculpture is the possibility to appropriate my environment, to consider the realities of the world as a raw material. The relationship to the material is direct and enables me to revive a quite primitive feeling which was discovered at the dawn of our humanity. Giving shape to earth, stone or wood is for me a way to have some influence on my own existence.

Whereas it is about modelling, moulding, cutting, stamping… these actions give birth to a more intimate relationship with the material, beyond the mere technical aspect. It is a mix of strength and sensuality, a subtle body-to-body. Thanks to the blow of sledgehammer’s « song », the physical effort, the listening to the stone or the attention given to wood, the mind absorbed in the task at hand paradoxically gets released. The balance between creative drive and restraint is precarious but the great concentrating state becomes gradually meditation. Working days and weeks spent in working on a few cubic centimeters of a sculpture give birth to thought; introspection being put in place allows me to progressively assess the symbolic issue of my work, showing the cathartic virtues of it.

After the exutory, the reconstruction begins. This reconstruction is more than purely intellectual but becomes deeply rooted into the human nature. My search is the one of a cross-cultural man, of a means allowing us to face and sublimate our common fears. The method of approaching metaphysics and myths linked to our relationship to death and the world’s renewal is quite insidious. Then we come to a bare bones eschatology, i.e. an individual death which is a necessary step to revival, to the revival of consciousness. Then I consider myself in a fundamentally optimistic conception where death and chaos finally give way to a world’s reconstruction which is both symbolic and personal. The body works in a quite instinctive way by expressing what words cannot formulate.

 

François Chaillou

Biography


Born in 1988. Lives and works in Paris.



EDUCATION

- Fine arts Academy, Carrara, Italia
- School of Marble, Carrara, Italia
- Fine Arts Academy, Prague, Czech Republic



SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015

- La Galerie Particulière, Brussels, Belgium
- La (deuxième) Galerie Particulière, Paris

2014

- Galerie Théo de Seine, Paris

2010

- Ossario, Galleria BoomBoom, Carrare, Italia



GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

- Galerie Da-End, Paris
- Espace Gainville, Aulnay-sous-Bois

2014

- Cent ans de solitude, La Galerie Particulière, Brussels, Belgium
- Galerie Da-End, Paris

2013

- 58e Salon de Montrouge, Le Beffroi, Montrouge
- Art School Claude Monet, Aulnay-sous-Bois
- Journées européennes des métiers d'art, atelier Francine Herbillon, Aulnay-sous-Bois

2011

- AVU, Fine Arts Academy, Prague, Czech Republic

2009

- Back to front, curator Gaia Passi, Spazio via Brunetti 49, Rome, Italia

2009

- Rassegna d'arte contemporanea, Palazzo Malaspina, Massa, Italia



PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS

2015

- Prize-winner of a grant Fondation de France
- Realization of sculptures for the restauration of the Pantheon, Paris

2013

- International sculpture symposium, Augsburg, Germany

2011

- 1st prize, XXe International sculpture symposium, Menet

2007

- 1st prize région du Limousin of the novels contest Étonnants Voyageurs (national competition), publication in the book Au coeur des Villes-Mondes

2005

- National prize-winner of the novels contest Étonnants Voyageurs (national competition), publication in the book Vive l'imagination

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