A sculpture reveals the soul of a space, and crafts memorable places. With this requisite in mind, ARTQUBE gathers a large portfolio of metal, stone, resin, fiberglass, wood and mixed-media sculptures, for wall art as well as lobby monumental pieces.
Thierry Martenon is one of those. A French sculptor who creates elegant, stripped down forms with lots of unique surface markings. He says he’s always looking for new textures to experiment with and likes to discover new ways of bringing out the grain in a tree. Although his works are pure and simple, very contemporary in fact, the wood itself is primitive looking and this creates a unique contrast with the fluid silhouettes. What also impresses me, and gives me hope as a creative, is the fact that he’s completely self-taught. He makes these by selecting a piece of wood that has appealing characteristics, he then cuts the basic shape and rounds the main body with power tools. Later drawing directly on the surface and proceeds to carve out the design with chisels. To bring out the carving he applies certain oils that soak in to the grain and finishes by burnishing the surface of the wood.