Bernard Saint Maxent
BERNARD SAINT MAXENT, PEACE & LOVE, 2017
RESIN ON METAL STRUCTURE, ACRYLIC ON ALUMINIUM LAQUE
Bernard Saint-Maxent was born in 1970 in Paris. As a self-taught artist he always follows his own ideas, chooses unusual materials and integrates particular elements to his painting and sculptural creations. His current work is based on a recurrent character doing diverse pranks and jokes. He tries to create the sense of movement and give life to every sculpture, getting inspired by the burlesque movies of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. The news, the advertising and all the contradictions of the modern life are big sources of inspiration as well. His artworks are full of humour and pure joy, what let him express the social pressure with lightness.
Each sculpture is different and unique, he does not use any casts or moulds to create them, but a particular technique. He models his character with resin on a metallic structure and then varnishes it. After that he applies two coats of bronze paint and then he covers his sculpture with a bronze or silver patina. He stops using regular canvases for his work and replaces them by aluminium plates, a really modern support. His main character the more often is out of the frame and busy working on it. The major themes are love and the simplicity of happiness. He wants art to inspire a reflexion about life and society but in a light and pleasant way.