Icons

My inspiration is rooted in the vast heritage of Christian art : in mosaics, frescoes, icons, relief carvings… I like to draw as much from the Eastern repertory as from that of the Western tradition (e.g. getting back to the Italian Primitives) to find this extra bit of soul that seems to have deserted us. For…

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Two new statues of Joseph and Mary

Two statues have just been sent to the United States and installed in their niches for Christmas. The statue of Our Lady, Star of the New Evangelization, is based on Our Lady of Guadalupe. Mary is holding a scroll with the verse taken from St Luke’s gospel: “Mary arose and went with haste”. In her…

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Preparatory Studies

Before tackling new painting or sculpture projects, preparatory studies are often necessary: of folds and drapery, of architectural details, of hands, feet, faces and other body parts It is a bit as if the artist is practising his scales, to make his hands more flexible, to find the right expression, to acquire precision and mastery.…

Restoration work

In 2013, I had the opportunity to restore an 18th century wooden Christ on the cross damaged by the years. I recreated seven fingers and carved new feet in the spirit of the original work to replace broken or worm-eaten elements. Since then, the restored Christ has found its place again in the abbey cloister…

Sculpture in wood

Wood is my favourite material. I like to give it shape to reveal its hidden beauty – to enhance its veins or natural hue, to play with the contrasting colours of different species. I like this dialogue with matter, to ennoble and magnify its beauty – at times wrestling with it, at other times delicately taming…

Liturgical Furniture

In 2011, I took part in the creation of a wooden reliquary for Blessed John Henry Newman who had recently been beatified. The oak construction was enhanced by decorations in carved walnut and marquetry panels in yew, spotted maple and an exotic redwood. More recently, with a friend, I created an altar for a chapel…