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Frederic Chevarin

Artist statement

The theme central to my research is movement. The ability to animate limestone and marble is almost an obsession for me. Although stone is a dense and heavy material to work with, I want it to appear light so that we can see it flying, emerging from the world of matter to that of lightness and grace. This is quite difficult because of the constraint the material imposes on the sculptor.

Basically all my ideas are sourced through nature. Birds, trees, the wind, herbs or flowers are all models for me to use. However, I don’t copy the bird I am carving, I sculpt its ability to fly, I find an intimate way to observe its flight, soaring and gliding above cliff tops. Copying is of no interest because the replica will always be poor when compared to the original. On the other hand if I sculpt the flight itself, I can achieve the comprehension of the power of flight, a true source of pleasure or struggle. Once I have understood what the bird experienced during the flight I can try my best to interpret it and infuse that feeling into my carving.

Memberships

Associate of the Royal British Society of sculptors (RBS)
Member of the Oxford Art Society (OAS)
Curriculum Vitae

Exhibitions


2012

Installation of public sculpture at Peace Pagoda Park, Milton Keynes

2011

Cork Street Open exhibition, London

Woburn Abbey, Woburn. Collective exhibition

Milton Keynes sculpture exhibition organized by the Public Art Trust. Collective exhibition

Inserted in the Who’s Who for foreign Directors

“A Decade of Sculpture in the Garden” exhibition, University of Leicester, Leicester

“The Word”, Sarum College, Salisbury. Collective exhibition

St Aldates exhibition with the Oxford Art Society, Oxford. Collective exhibition

Open studio exhibition forming part of the Artweeks festival, Oxford

Au Quai Dock Gallery. Permanent exhibition in Lisieux. France

The Garden Gallery, Summer exhibition, Stockbridge. Hampshire. Collective exhibition

Artlington Arts Centre, Newbury. Collective exhibition

2010

Awarded 3rd prize at Concorso Nazionale di pittura, fotografia & scultura, Bologna. Italy

Interview published by the art magazine Duemila (Matteo Editore), November 2010

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, RBSA, collective exhibition (scheduled event)

Member of a juried panel and exhibiting, Said Business School exhibition with the Oxford Art Society

On Form 10, Asthall Manor, Burford. Collective exhibition.

The Garden Gallery, Summer exhibition, Stockbridge. Hampshire. Collective exhibition

Turrill Sculpture Garden, Summertown, Oxford. Collective exhibition during ArtWeeks, the Oxfordshire Visual Arts Festival

Artlington Arts Centre Newbury, found space. Collective exhibition

West Ox Art Gallery, Bampton. Collective exhibition with OAS


2009

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, RBSA, collective exhibition

Member of a juried panel and exhibiting, Said Business School exhibition with the Oxford Art Society

The Garden Gallery, Summer exhibition, Stockbridge. Hampshire.

ArtWeeks, Oxfordshire Visual Arts Festival in Banbury. Two-man show with the painter Christine O’Sullivan, Oxfordshire

Hide and Seek art. Charity exhibition, Radley. Oxfordshire

Creation of a technical section in the website frederic-chevarincom

Making of 2No. films on stone carving published on Youtube

Creation of a Blog about sculpture technique


2008

Elected Associate of the Royal British Society of sculptors.

Mentoring scheme with Helaine Blumenfeld, FRBS.

Short listed for the Brian Mercer bonze casting residency in Pietrasanta, with the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

Riverside Gallery in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.

Artweeks, Oxfordshire Visual Arts Festival:
• Turrill Sculpture Garden, Summertown, Oxford.
• Said Business school, Oxford. Collective exhibition, Art in a CD box, auctioned for the charity Kids at Art.

The Museum of Oxfordshire, Woodstock. Collective exhibition with the Oxford Art Society.

Short listed for a commission for a fitness centre in a luxury accomodation complex in Portland, Devon.

Lecture on sculpting: “Carving Movements in Stone” in Summertown, Oxford

2007

Artweeks, Oxfordshire Visual Arts Festival:
 Kirtlington Art Studios, collective exhibition with painters & printmakers, Oxford
 Turrill Sculpture Garden, Summertown, Oxford
 Oxford Castle (collective exhibition in the O3 Gallery and live demonstration of stone carving in the Castle premises)

Riverside Gallery in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire. Permanent exhibition.

North wall gallery, collective exhibition, Oxford.

Said Business School, Exhibition with the Oxford Art Society, Oxford.


2006

Antique shop “Le monde perdu“, Lisieux, France

Harwell Antique Center, Oxfordshire, UK

2005

3star Hotel “Ligabue”, Gualtieri, Italy


2004

Arts & Crafts open air workshop and exhibition in Cavriago, Italy

Solo exhibition in "Palazzo Bentivoglio”, Gualtieri, Italy


Bibliography

Article in the Italian newspaper “Reporter” with the title “Impressioni di velocità”, 2004