Country : France

Philippe Berry

I like the theme of childhood which is intrinsically linked to the background of my concept. But also in each of my sculptures, I like that there can be several readings. And what I like even more is when the first appearance of one of my works is extremely easy, extremely playful and therefore extremely free.

Biography

Philippe Berry (b. 1956) was a French sculptor, trained at the ESAG Met drawing school in Penninghen. Initially, he worked both as illustrator and designer of movie posters with René Ferracci as a reference, Philippe Berry devoted himself to sculpture from the mid-1980s. Since, bronze had become his material of choice.

His aesthetic is based on an exploration of the world of childhood; approach influenced on the one hand by Comics and more particularly Robert Crumb whom he met in 2018, and on the other hand, by the movements of New Realism and pop art with artists such as Niki de Saint-Phalle, Arman, Yves Klein and Andy Warhol.

Through formal proposals that he always wanted to be playful and accessible at any age, the artist also transposed his reflections on technique; question of the technical mastery to which the notions of balance and freedom are attached. Through the idea of a rediscovered pleasure, candid, spontaneous, like the wonder of childhood, the artist has never ceased to seek, question, stage, represent a timeless, iterative and sensory balance.

From the 2000s, these sculptures, developed with a foundry man, were accompanied by colors; like the iridescent colors of barley sugar papers. Thus, his balloons, dinosaurs, elephants, rainbows, splashes and onomatopoeias were both ways of working and poetically sculpting bronze while creating a bridge, a renewal between past and present, a lasting snapshot of childhood, of what remains.

Berry died in 2019.

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Selected Works

Recent Artists

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Pimax
Paris
Pimax exhibits a critique of consumerism, offering a reflection on the past and present. His work has significant energy, symbolizing the vitality of not only our memories, but our imagination as well.