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The Best of Wooden Sculpture

Wood carving is an ancestral technique that deserves to be better known. It is carried out through the gradual removal of excess material in order to carve out shapes in the wood. Artists are required to use very special tools including compasses, chisels, mallets and marking gauges.  Once the desired result is obtained, the artist varnishes and waxes the work to help conserve the wood and improve its durability, as it is a very fragile material.

In was particularly used in European abbeys and monasteries during the Middle Ages, in order to make bas-reliefs. In the 16th century, wood carving saw a surge in popularity in Germany due to the prevailing Gothic architecture, where its best known supporters included Tilman Riemenschneider, Michael Pacher and Jorg Zurn.

In seventeenth century France, wood carving was brought into the forefront of design as a result of the Baroque and Rococo movements.

Similarly in the twentieth century, some modern artists recognised the diversity of wood, and used it as their primary material. These artists included Brancusi, Henry Moore, and even Paul Gauguin.

On the other side of the world, wood was heavily used in both primitive African and Aboriginal Australian art. Artists in both countries continue to use wood as a raw material for their colourful sculptures, honouring their ancestral roots. Joy Garlbin is an artist from the Maningrida community in Australia, who has depicted the Yawkyauk on wood. The Yawyyawk is a female creature, similar to a mermaid in appearance, which originated in the mythology of the Kunwinjku people in Western Australia.

Wood has additionally become a preferred material amongst contemporary abstract artists. Jean-Paul Carbonnel is an emerging talent in the international art scene, who uses wood and acrylic to translate his passion of geometry and mathematics. Carbonnel's work explores futuristic, three dimensional concrete constructions. Italian artist, Nando Stevoli, uses wood to depict the fragility of his creations. The sculptor's work is simple and refined, and the lacerations in his pieces open them up to interpretation. Meanwhile, more figurative artist Olivier Duhamel, uses the female body to create sensual and modern works.

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Hervé Di Rosa, Hommage à Damien Hirst, Sculpture

Hervé Di Rosa

Hommage à Damien Hirst, 2007
12.2 x 21.7 x 8.1 inch


Evrard & Koch, Hors Cadre #1.3, Sculpture

Evrard & Koch

Hors Cadre #1.3, 2015
51.2 x 31.5 x 15.7 inch


François Lauzier, Éolie No. 20, Sculpture

François Lauzier

Éolie No. 20, 2017
36.2 x 18.9 x 9.8 inch


Our recommendations Xu Zhen, Evolution-Tang Dynasty Painted Figure Court Lady, Fang Ngil Ceremonial Mask, Sculpture

Xu Zhen

Evolution-Tang Dynasty Painted Figure Court Lady, Fang Ngil Ceremonial Mask, 2016
23.6 x 7.9 x 6.7 inch


Sergio Moscona, Personaje Quiteno, Sculpture

Sergio Moscona

Personaje Quiteno, 2010
14.6 x 11.8 x 3.9 inch


Luke Newton, Crayons not colts, Print

Luke Newton

Crayons not colts, 2015
19.7 x 27.6 inch


LX One, Structure, Sculpture

LX One

Structure, 2018
33.9 x 39.4 x 11.8 inch


Our recommendations Mog'y, N°7, Sculpture


N°7, 2017
32.1 x 31.1 x 88.6 inch


Joël Froment, S Portrait, Sculpture

Joël Froment

S Portrait, 2004
13.4 x 9.4 x 1.6 inch


Emmanuel Bour, Viens, Sculpture

Emmanuel Bour

Viens, 2017
28.7 x 26.8 x 24.8 inch


Manuel Cruz Prudencio, Juicio de la Muerte, Sculpture

Manuel Cruz Prudencio

Juicio de la Muerte, 2016
12.6 x 8.7 x 7.9 inch


Tom Dixon, Harley Davison en osier, Sculpture

Tom Dixon

Harley Davison en osier, 2000
46.1 x 70.9 x 31.5 inch


Nerijus Erminas, Sprout I, Sculpture

Nerijus Erminas

Sprout I, 2017
27.6 x 157.5 x 23.6 inch


Claude Engelhard, Objet N°13, Sculpture

Claude Engelhard

Objet N°13, 2018
10 x 5.9 x 3.9 inch


Mark Hopkins, The main thing, Sculpture

Mark Hopkins

The main thing, 2016
39.4 x 28.3 x 3.9 inch


Gapix, Steam-Hand Factory, Sculpture


Steam-Hand Factory, 2017
11 x 4.3 x 3.5 inch


Our recommendations Serge Benoit, Sans titre, Sculpture

Serge Benoit

Sans titre, 1986
17.7 x 15.7 x 2.8 inch


Wabi Dossou, Masque féminin Gèlèdè, Sculpture

Wabi Dossou

Masque féminin Gèlèdè, 2018
9.8 x 6.7 x 7.9 inch


Yann Paolozzi, No Skate, Sculpture

Yann Paolozzi

No Skate, 2017
31.5 x 8.3 x 4.7 inch


Daniel Verbis, Babel, Sculpture

Daniel Verbis

Babel, 2015
22 x 27.6 x 27.6 inch


Clémentine Chambon, Elliptic, recherche 01, Sculpture

Clémentine Chambon

Elliptic, recherche 01, 2014
15 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch


Our recommendations Levalet, COUPER COURT #3, Sculpture


38.6 x 40.2 x 1.6 inch


Levalet, Bad News, Print


Bad News, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Philippe Buil, Fouque Wittig, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Fouque Wittig, 2017
7.1 x 9.4 x 7.9 inch


Our recommendations Gaspard Mitz, At your own Risk, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

At your own Risk, 2014
7.9 x 11.8 x 2.4 inch


Jean-Paul Carbonel, Hilbert, Sculpture

Jean-Paul Carbonel

Hilbert, 2008
10.2 x 10.2 x 10.2 inch


Jean-Paul Carbonel, Demi cube II, Sculpture

Jean-Paul Carbonel

Demi cube II, 2001
11.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch


Christian Nesler, Via Lactea, Sculpture

Christian Nesler

Via Lactea, 2018
27.6 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch


Sergio Moscona, Cepillito, Sculpture

Sergio Moscona

Cepillito, 2010
10.2 x 2 x 3.1 inch


Our recommendations Cécile Thonus, Rejoins-moi et contemplons, Sculpture

Cécile Thonus

Rejoins-moi et contemplons, 2017
18 x 9.6 x 8.7 inch


Our recommendations Jean-Paul Carbonel, PII, Sculpture

Jean-Paul Carbonel

PII, 2014
15.7 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Józef Wilkon, A sculpture (Dog), Sculpture

Józef Wilkon

A sculpture (Dog), 2016
15.2 x 11.8 x 4.7 inch


Rainier Lericolais, Vox Instrument, Sculpture

Rainier Lericolais

Vox Instrument, 2017
34.3 x 18.1 x 2 inch


Our recommendations Thierry Martenon, N°110118 (TM47), Sculpture

Thierry Martenon

N°110118 (TM47), 2017
39.4 x 27.6 x 6.7 inch


Joël Froment, S Alphabet, Sculpture

Joël Froment

S Alphabet, 2003
9.4 x 6.3 x 1.6 inch


Agnès K., Génèse, Sculpture

Agnès K.

Génèse, 2016
9.1 x 11.8 x 3.9 inch


Gilbert Pauli, Sculpture Femme, Sculpture

Gilbert Pauli

Sculpture Femme, 2015
74 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch


Gilbert Pauli, Sculpture Le Buste, Sculpture

Gilbert Pauli

Sculpture Le Buste, 2015
62.6 x 17.7 x 1.6 inch


Agnès K., Jeux de lumières, Sculpture

Agnès K.

Jeux de lumières, 2018
27.2 x 9.1 x 2 inch


Philippe Gouwy, Lightform 1153OK, Sculpture

Philippe Gouwy

Lightform 1153OK, 2018
22.8 x 8.7 x 9.8 inch


René-François Grégogna, ... Postérité, Sculpture

René-François Grégogna

... Postérité, 1969
20.1 x 15.4 x 1.2 inch


Manuel Jimenez (Taller), Fusion Caracol-Venado / Woodcarving Alebrije Mexican Folk Art Sculpture, Sculpture

Manuel Jimenez (Taller)

Fusion Caracol-Venado / Woodcarving Alebrije Mexican Folk Art Sculpture, 2017
9.8 x 11 x 7.9 inch


Andrius Erminas, A bud, Sculpture

Andrius Erminas

A bud, 2008
15.4 x 14.6 x 14.6 inch


Rimantas Milkintas, From point III, Sculpture

Rimantas Milkintas

From point III, 2019
19.7 x 27.6 x 9.8 inch


Our recommendations Rimantas Milkintas, From the point I, Sculpture

Rimantas Milkintas

From the point I, 2012
35.4 x 31.5 x 19.7 inch


Rimantas Milkintas, Around the axis - horizontal, Sculpture

Rimantas Milkintas

Around the axis - horizontal, 2009
49.2 x 49.2 x 118.1 inch


Nando Stevoli, No Title, Sculpture

Nando Stevoli

No Title, 2009
42.9 x 55.1 x 2.8 inch


Cristina Silván, Link-up semi III, Sculpture

Cristina Silván

Link-up semi III, 2014
13.8 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch


Our recommendations Gaspard Mitz, The Dream, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

The Dream, 2018
7.9 x 11.8 x 2.4 inch

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