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Resin sculptures

Carré d'artistes presents a wide selection of resin sculptures. The creative process of making a resin sculpture is entirely artisanal, from start to finish. In general, sculptors begin by creating sketches on paper of their resin sculpture.

Making resin sculptures

From the sketch, the sculptor models a clay sculpture by hand. This first version is used to make the rubber mould. The artist adds a hardening liquid to the resin. He then lets the mixture flow into the mould that was previously made. He has to wait until the resin becomes hard and rigid. The sculptor then opens the mould and extracts the work in raw resin.
Resin art requires painstaking work in preparing the sculpture that comes out of the mould. It must be delicately sanded, rubbed, repaired and washed. Once the surface of the resin sculpture is very smooth, the artist produces a thick-textured paint which makes it possible to subsequently apply the chosen colours. All effects are possible: matte, metallic, shiny etc. The use of resin as a material for making works of art is quite recent in the history of art. It was not until the 20th century that sculptors started to move away more and more from traditional bronze and plaster casts in favour of resin.

Resin, a prominent medium in contemporary art

Resin art has many advantages: it is much lighter in weight than marble or bronze, has an infinite range of possibilities for creation, with good resistance to impact and weathering. Duane Hanson is among the artists who understands how to showcase the real interest of polyester resin. This sculptor from pop art makes his casts live on his models to offer a hyper-realistic reality. He uses resin because it allows him to reproduce the smallest details of skin, clothes, facial expressions and features… "Resin" as a medium achieves a level of realism rarely achieved before. Reality is represented as closely as possible, as a mirror effect, and results in a deceiving, sometimes even disturbing aspect. Resin is not, however, only used for the purpose of faithful representations of nature. The artistic movement of new realism has made great use of this medium to move away from the constraints of reality. One example is Niki de Saint Phalle, who chose this material to create her monumental sculptures of women entitled "Nanas". This new medium has revolutionised the approach and work of the sculptor. It has succeeded in attracting a large number of talents and artists of contemporary art, and in particular French sculptors. These artists continue to seek the precision and accuracy of the representation of reality but also to design imaginary and pop characters. At Carré d'artistes, discover resin sculptures by contemporary artists: Floh, Valérie Marazzani, Pappay…

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