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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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Louis Magre, Arthur, Sculpture

Louis Magre

Arthur, 2019
21.7 x 14.2 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$1,735

Levalet, Expression, Sculpture

Levalet

Expression, 2016
12.2 x 9.4 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,099

Luke Newton, Crayons not colts, Print

Luke Newton

Crayons not colts, 2015
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$1,156

Evrard & Koch, Hors Cadre #1.3, Sculpture

Evrard & Koch

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

$10,986

Sergio Moscona, Personaje Quiteno, Sculpture

Sergio Moscona

Personaje Quiteno, 2010
14.6 x 11.8 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,966

François Lauzier, Éolie No. 20, Sculpture

François Lauzier

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

$3,469

Our recommendations Vincent Olinet, Rouge 06 25 95, Sculpture

Vincent Olinet

Rouge 06 25 95, 2014
37.4 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$9,252

Joël Froment, S Alphabet, Sculpture

Joël Froment

S Alphabet, 2003
9.4 x 6.3 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,388

Bernard Froment, Sahune, Sculpture

Bernard Froment

Sahune, 2015
55.1 x 43.3 x 18.1 inch
Sculpture

$10,986

Emmanuel Bour, Viens, Sculpture

Emmanuel Bour

Viens, 2017
28.7 x 26.8 x 24.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,320

Tom Dixon, Harley Davison en osier, Sculpture

Tom Dixon

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

$5,667

Mark Hopkins, The main thing, Sculpture

Mark Hopkins

The main thing, 2016
39.4 x 28.3 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,857

Yann Paolozzi, No Skate, Sculpture

Yann Paolozzi

No Skate, 2017
31.5 x 8.3 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,388

Daniel Verbis, Babel, Sculpture

Daniel Verbis

Babel, 2015
22 x 27.6 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

$9,830

Gapix, Steam-Hand Factory, Sculpture

Gapix

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

$810

Our recommendations Serge Benoit, Sans titre, Sculpture

Serge Benoit

Sans titre, 1986
17.7 x 15.7 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,701

Clémentine Chambon, Elliptic, recherche 01, Sculpture

Clémentine Chambon

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

$1,850

Issiaka Savadogo, Observatrice, Sculpture

Issiaka Savadogo

Observatrice, 2017
25.6 x 10.6 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$925

Levalet, Bad News, Print

Levalet

Bad News, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$289

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
Sculpture

$752

Ian Philip, MKeith Haring, Sculpture

Ian Philip

MKeith Haring, 2018
14.6 x 11.4 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,041

Christian Nesler, Via Lactea, Sculpture

Christian Nesler

Via Lactea, 2018
27.6 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$3,122

Cathie Berthon, Cubes 2, Sculpture

Cathie Berthon

Cubes 2, 2018
39.4 x 9.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$983

Sergio Moscona, Cepillito, Sculpture

Sergio Moscona

Cepillito, 2010
10.2 x 2 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,041

Cathie Berthon, Cubes 4, Sculpture

Cathie Berthon

Cubes 4, 2018
39.4 x 9.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$983

Jean-Paul Carbonel, Hilbert, Sculpture

Jean-Paul Carbonel

Hilbert, 2008
10.2 x 10.2 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,272

Our recommendations Olivier Duhamel, Valérie, Sculpture

Olivier Duhamel

Valérie, 2018
28 x 13.4 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,435

Olivier Duhamel, Rosie, Sculpture

Olivier Duhamel

Rosie, 2016
15.7 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,122

Our recommendations Jean-Paul Carbonel, PII, Sculpture

Jean-Paul Carbonel

PII, 2014
15.7 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$983

Jean-Paul Carbonel, Demi cube II, Sculpture

Jean-Paul Carbonel

Demi cube II, 2001
11.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,677

Gilbert Pauli, Sculpture Femme, Sculpture

Gilbert Pauli

Sculpture Femme, 2015
74 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$8,485

Yann-Eric Eichenberger, Lea, Sculpture

Yann-Eric Eichenberger

Lea, 2018
17.7 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,272

Gilbert Pauli, Sculpture Le Buste, Sculpture

Gilbert Pauli

Sculpture Le Buste, 2015
62.6 x 17.7 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$7,424

Olivier Duhamel, Nissan, Sculpture

Olivier Duhamel

Nissan, 2018
4.7 x 19.7 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$6,823

Yann-Eric Eichenberger, Maria, Sculpture

Yann-Eric Eichenberger

Maria, 2018
27.6 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,388

Bernard Froment, Mystere, Sculpture

Bernard Froment

Mystere, 2017
26.4 x 13.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,469

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
Sculpture

$1,100

Joël Froment, S Portrait, Sculpture

Joël Froment

S Portrait, 2004
13.4 x 9.4 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,619

Bernard Froment, Concorps-Danse, Sculpture

Bernard Froment

Concorps-Danse, 2017
14.6 x 15.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,313

Manuel Cruz Prudencio, Madre e Hijo, Sculpture

Manuel Cruz Prudencio

Madre e Hijo, 2018
13.4 x 15.7 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,000

Rainier Lericolais, Vox Instrument, Sculpture

Rainier Lericolais

Vox Instrument, 2017
34.3 x 18.1 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$3,701

Andrius Erminas, A bud, Sculpture

Andrius Erminas

A bud, 2008
15.4 x 14.6 x 14.6 inch
Sculpture

$2,313

René-François Grégogna, ... Postérité, Sculpture

René-François Grégogna

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

$1,735

Nando Stevoli, No Title, Sculpture

Nando Stevoli

No Title, 2009
42.9 x 55.1 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$10,408

Agnès K., Génèse, Sculpture

Agnès K.

Génèse, 2016
9.1 x 11.8 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$682

Rimantas Milkintas, From point III, Sculpture

Rimantas Milkintas

From point III, 2019
19.7 x 27.6 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,163

Rimantas Milkintas, Around the axis - horizontal, Sculpture

Rimantas Milkintas

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

$11,565

Agnès K., Jeux de lumières, Sculpture

Agnès K.

Jeux de lumières, 2018
27.2 x 9.1 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$2,313

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
Sculpture

$1,100

Cristina Silván, Link-up semi III, Sculpture

Cristina Silván

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

$2,313

Christophe Charbonnel, Flidaïs, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Flidaïs, 2017
31.1 x 11.4 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

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Our recommendations Gaspard Mitz, The Dream, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

The Dream, 2018
7.9 x 11.8 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

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Christophe Comerro, Végas pop art Supreme LV, Sculpture

Christophe Comerro

Végas pop art Supreme LV, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

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René Galassi, Origami fractal, Sculpture

René Galassi

Origami fractal, 2018
37 x 29.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

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Bernard Pras, Installation, Inventaire 106 - Vanité, Sculpture

Bernard Pras

Installation, Inventaire 106 - Vanité, 2010
19.9 x 16.1 x 8.9 inch
Sculpture

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Guillaume Allemand, Untitled (Réf. 1608-00), Sculpture

Guillaume Allemand

Untitled (Réf. 1608-00), 2016
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

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Emmanuel Bour, Nouveau Message, Sculpture

Emmanuel Bour

Nouveau Message, 2017
25.6 x 12.6 x 18.5 inch
Sculpture

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