BERNARD SAINT MAXENT
Bernard Saint-Maxent (b. in Paris 1970) is a self taught artist; and this has allowed him to follow his own ideas in choice of new materials and to integrate all new kinds of elements to his creations. His current work revolves around the pranks of an omnipresent rangy character, who is full of life. He attempts to give movement and life to his sculptures.
His inspiration comes from the burlesque scenes of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, from current events to advertising, the contradictions of modern life and his own ravings. Even if the subjects he covers don’t always make you smile, they are nonetheless treated with humour and a zest for life. It is a means for him to draw the eye of the onlooker for reflection.
Each sculpture is different and unique, because he does not use any molds or casts. They are created with a metallic structure around which he models with resin and then applies a varnish. After a day he applies two coats of bronze paint and after another day he finishes with a patina that looks like bronze. The specs are made separately.
Recently, Bernard has stopped using canvases and instead superimposes his sculpture on to aluminium; something that gives a more startling effect to the final outcome. Bernard feels that art should be light-hearted, and that it should bring pleasure.