“My creations do not convey any particular message, do not attempt any conceptual or symbolist exploration, nor do they search to be innovative at all cost. I am rather trying to simply capture the beauty and sensuality of my subjects of study. When it comes to art, I am chiefly concerned with beauty, emotion and mastery of my craft.” - Olivier Duhamel
Born in 1957 in France and A New Zealander since 1987, Olivier Duhamel is a respected figurative sculptor. A prolific artist and regular exhibitor, Duhamel has acquired a masterful command of the figurative form. His award winning bronze figurines and laminated sculptures are held in many private and public collections, including the Wallace Arts Trust.
After extensive travels in Europe, Northern, Western and Central Africa and the South Pacific, the young Duhamel settled in New Zealand in 1987 and became a citizen in 1992. He now lives and works on Waiheke Island near Auckland from where he has spent the last 10 years establishing a bronze sculpture practice and an extensive network of art galleries representing his work in New Zealand, in Australia, Hong Kong and in Europe. He teaches practical creative workshops, publishes a number of popular art manuals, offers pencil drawings and life casting services on commission and runs a life drawing class.
He has been a studied under David Reid (bronze casting) and Chrystèle Legardinier (etching on copper plate). He has also worked on contract for the studio of American sculptor Jeff Koons, NYC. He now directs SPACE contemporary art gallery on Waiheke Island.
Shell Todd Oil Services Ltd 3D Award -Taranaki National Art awards 2013
Public’s choice awards 2013”, Waitakere Art Council