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Etienne Viard

Born in 1954 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Born on March 26, 1954, Étienne Viard is a French sculptor and ceramic artist.

He first works with ceramics, but his complex and strong personality drive him to confront a more rough and resistant material, the steel.
Each artwork needs a long preparatory process that needs sketching, cuts, and models.

The steel bars and sheets are cut, modeled and bent in cold-form with incredible precision. The tension of the metal reaches sometimes the limit of possibility. A formal danger, but also a real one, characterizes the artwork.

His sculpture is obvious and it follows the lineage of conceptual artists such as Carl André or Anthony Caro; it tries to establish some harmony or to mess with spatial order.

His sculptures have no basis, they stand on the ground, and they are sensitive variations grouped in ?families? of forests, profiles, blades?

Vertical lines are predominant, they are strong and supple and they evoke the vegetal world. They let the light in to punctuate and underline the volumes opening up the space in a horizontal direction. The masses are always at the limit of balance.

?It is this tension that engages the artist?, says Etienne Viard.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS


2012
Cour Saint-Charles, Avignon (France)

2010
Galerie Caroline Vachet, Lyon (France)
Fête des Lumières, Lyon (France)

2007
Galerie Berthet Aittouares, Paris (France)

2006
Galerie BC2, Luxembourg (Luxemburg)

2005
Galerie Avant Garden, New York (USA)

2004
Galerie Avant Garden, New York (USA)

2003
Cité Radieuse, Le Corbusier, Marseille (France)
Espace Gaillane, Avignon (France)

2000
Galerie Modus, Berlin (Germany)

1997
Galerie Annie Lagier, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (France)

1994
Galerie Annie Lagier, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (France)

1992
CIAC , Strasbourg (France)

1994
Tutesall “Matière et Mémoire, Luxembourg (Luxemburg)

1993
Galerie Vera Van Lear, Knokke (Belgium)

1992
Galerie de la cité, Luxembourg (Luxemburg)

1991
Galerie Vera Van Lear, Knokke (Belgium)


GROUP SHOWS

2013
Winsor Gallery, Vancouver (Canada)

2012
Galerie Pascal Lainé, Ménerbes (France)

2011
Orangerie du Sénat, Paris (France)

2010
Fondation Poppy et Pierre Salinger Le Thor (France)
Grand Théâtre d'Angers, Angers (France)

2009
Galerie Doyen, Vannes (France)
Triptyque, Angers (France)
Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris (France)

2008
Galerie Doyen, Vannes (France)

2006
Triptyque, Angers (France)

2003
Galerie BC2, Luxembourg (Luxemburg)

2002
Château de l'Emperie, Salon-de-Provence (France)
Parcours de l'art, Avignon (France)

2001
Cheminement de sculptures, Gigondas (France)

2000
Galerie Martagon, Malaucene (France)

1999
Galerie Annie Lagier, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (France)

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