A simple, happy life: "I seek to highlight the beauty and poetry of everyday life, which is all too often forgotten" F.V
At the age of 22, while working as a craftsman in the building trade, Frédéric Vincent came across the Rodin Museum by chance, which changed his life forever and in an unexpected way. From that day on, Frédéric Vincent had only one obsession: sculpting. His first work was a gargoyle, which he described as a human encounter between lovers.
Initially made of stone, his gargoyle is more animal-like, then on all fours it straightens up and bronze takes over. The gargoyle expresses feelings, highlights the dissonance of our society, "I am the hands, she is the support" and with that the sculptor can communicate. The gargoyle allows Frédéric Vincent to highlight the hasty judgements we can make about people because of their differences. He shows that beauty is not where we expect it to be. The artist puts humanity into perspective and highlights its beauty.
Frédéric Vincent has entered 'sculpture' as one enters religion, and takes immense pleasure in chiselling out beautiful emotions. From the schoolboy who has fallen asleep at his desk to the couple sitting on a public bench, he highlights life's beautiful moments and allows us to stop and reflect on what we might no longer see, recalling the beautiful in the ordinary becomes his quest.
His father passed on to him a taste for work that he now applies to something greater. First there was technical mastery, as the artist also makes his own moulds, casts and patinas, raising the bar to the highest possible level. Humility and observation in the presence of some of the great names in sculpture have enabled him to break away from techniques, only to forget them in favour of emotion.
The gargoyle is a cross-disciplinary subject, resembling no one and everyone at the same time, it is an ode to difference and to the humanity present in all of us. The artist likes to break with the classical canons of beauty to express grace and lightness. You'll soon forget all about her looks, and be swept away by her poetry and emotions. You'll find she's almost endearing. The gargoyle may seem intriguing to you, but if you just take the time to look at it, to meet it, and to put aside your preconceptions for a moment, you'll see that this 'stranger', despite his differences, is exactly like you, with his emotions, feelings and frailties.
« I think I've always been a sculptor, even when I wasn't sculpting, but what makes me happy today is the feeling of being where I belong ». F.V The gallery's words
Frédéric Vincent's work was introduced to me by an artist's agent. Convinced that I would fall under his spell, he told me about the gargoyles and said "no, I won't send you any photos, I'll show you". He was so right! It was so moving to see these extremely fragile, touching creatures that he pulled out of the lorry. Frédéric Vincent's work is full of delicacy and love, as well as perfect technical mastery, and I'm particularly pleased to be able to accompany you into his poetic world.