Herrel

France  • 1971

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“If you refuse to set free your inner self, what you don't give birth to will destroy you".   Jim Harrison

As far back as he can remember, Herrel's unique obsession has always been sculpting, from his first works with children's school chalk to the first stones chosen at random.

But more often than not, childhood dreams get lost away along life's battles, so Herrel drifts from his path and eventually becomes the artistic director of a large media company. But the transient nature of the job makes him feel the emptiness of his creative work and take the big decision to start a new life, devoted to what he knows he is destined for. The time has come for him to stop denying the self-evident truth: he is and will be a sculptor.

He gets started straight on marble. The sculptor's grail. Marble is his own mise en abyme of the world in which he lives, his personal response to the technological acceleration of our time and the triviality of non-stop trends and fashions. It is eternity towering over the worship of the transitory. He sets a lasting testimony of our current world against that range of humans, who obviously forget how short their presence on Earth has been since its creation.

Against the flow, he decides to work on marble without any safety net, his direct carving allowing no mistakes. The main feature of his approach lies in his moral code: being an artist is a necessity, not a position. Creation is his own way of belonging to the World, his own view of the world, both benevolent and worried. He achieves a record of our time's contradictions, its obsessive productivism and thirst for feverish growth, while losing all consciousness of others. He considers his work as a testimony of what will maybe bring about the loss of humanity, watched by our successors, in case any are left, in a few thousand years.

The world seen through Herrel's eyes, with its excesses and paradoxes, displays an uncompromising content and a beautiful, extremely pure form. It is because this world also lacks beauty that the artist goes far beyond the mere observation of those excesses, he calls for the salvation of what still remains to be saved, reminding us of the beauty of this world and the necessity to protect it. He also clearly questions the relationship between Man and Nature. Herrel's works of art are deeply rooted in the age-long connection between man and his environment, and bring Men back to their roots in a relevant way, with humility. Sometimes also with violence, when the elements suddenly get rough. Therefore it is not surprising to find the physical presence of these roots, this carnal link between us and the Earth, among many of his works.

His analysis is uncompromising but not devoid of optimism, like an invitation to help people's consciences evolve in a positive way. It re-establishes a new approach of unity, between Man and Nature but also between men. A powerful piece of work, marble is forever a strong message, beauty at its best. It is soft to touch, pure in the line. Timeless truths are set in stone forever.


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All artworks of Herrel
Sculpture, Hermès, Herrel

Hermès

Herrel

Sculpture - 80 x 30 x 32 cm Sculpture - 31.5 x 11.8 x 12.6 inch

€18,000

Sculpture, Graine 51, Herrel

Graine 51

Herrel

Sculpture - 25 x 16 x 15 cm Sculpture - 9.8 x 6.3 x 5.9 inch

€5,300

Sculpture, 20 mg II, Herrel

20 mg II

Herrel

Sculpture - 55 x 25 x 25 cm Sculpture - 21.7 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch

€16,800

Sculpture, Co-existence, Herrel

Co-existence

Herrel

Sculpture - 48 x 30 x 30 cm Sculpture - 18.9 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch

€14,000

Sculpture, Le contact, Herrel

Le contact

Herrel

Sculpture - 24 x 45 x 15 cm Sculpture - 9.4 x 17.7 x 5.9 inch

€7,600

Sculpture, La douzième graine, Herrel

La douzième graine

Herrel

Sculpture - 24 x 16 x 15 cm Sculpture - 9.4 x 6.3 x 5.9 inch

€3,500

Sculpture, La douzième graine, Herrel

La douzième graine

Herrel

Sculpture - 27 x 16 x 15 cm Sculpture - 10.6 x 6.3 x 5.9 inch

€3,500

Sculpture, Douzième graine, Herrel

Douzième graine

Herrel

Sculpture - 27 x 16 x 15 cm Sculpture - 10.6 x 6.3 x 5.9 inch

€3,500

Sculpture, Le Temps, Herrel

Le Temps

Herrel

Sculpture - 64 x 19 x 23 cm Sculpture - 25.2 x 7.5 x 9.1 inch

€15,000

Sculpture, Co-existence II, Herrel

Co-existence II

Herrel

Sculpture - 46 x 44 x 32 cm Sculpture - 18.1 x 17.3 x 12.6 inch

€28,000

Sculpture, Coexistence, Herrel

Coexistence

Herrel

Sculpture - 43 x 34 x 33 cm Sculpture - 16.9 x 13.4 x 13 inch

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Sculpture, La Trentre-quatrième graine, Herrel

La Trentre-quatrième graine

Herrel

Sculpture - 30 x 21 x 14 cm Sculpture - 11.8 x 8.3 x 5.5 inch

Sold

Sculpture, La trente-et-unième graine, Herrel

La trente-et-unième graine

Herrel

Sculpture - 47 x 20 x 20 cm Sculpture - 18.5 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch

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Sculpture, Graine 30, Herrel

Graine 30

Herrel

Sculpture - 21 x 20 x 15 cm Sculpture - 8.3 x 7.9 x 5.9 inch

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Sculpture, Attache III, Herrel

Attache III

Herrel

Sculpture - 25 x 19 x 15 cm Sculpture - 9.8 x 7.5 x 5.9 inch

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The year of birth of the artist is: 1971