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Festival of Arts Professions
Festival of Arts Professions
Pont-de-Montvert, France
Mid July
The incredible world of Alain Mailland at the Festival of Arts Professions in Pont-de-Montvert (France) Sometimes it is hard to define the border between an artist and a craftsman. Concerning Alain Mailland, there is no question of it: he is an Artist ! He is a big professional wood carver who took the woodturning to a higher level of pure art. After studying at the National School of Art of Cergy-Pontoise (France), he reoriented towards building trade and created his own woodwork company in 1991. But after his woodturning training at Philippe Bourgeat’s in 1987, he quickly developed his own production of green and rough wood from South of France. Thanks to his African mother country he inherited the ability /capacity to take the most from the materials given by Mother Nature, to make some useful objects. Alain Mailland is one of rare woodcarvers to be specialized in the techniques of excavation of green wood. He works on wood, stumps and recycled roots that represent the multiple colors of the surrounding scrubland. He uses the natural shapes of the wood, takes advantage of the similarity between those shapes and animals to create a fantastic imaginary animal. He makes sculptures of plants or flowers, vegetable or marine shapes, that he imagined and that looks like being real and simply dried out. To do his works, Alain Mailland invented his own tools including a tour for excentering that is unique in the world. He also developed and refined the techniques of polishing which allow him to present works of extraordinary fineness finite. The quality and the originality of his creations are recognized all over the world. His works are exhibited in museums and galleries of the whole world: Europe, the United States, and Australia. He will be one of the most important artists at the Festival of Art professions. Website of the festival: http://www.festival-metiersdartencevennes.org/ Co-organizer of the Festival: AMAC : 04 66 45 59 37 Mairie de Pont-de-Montvert : 04 34 09 06 10
04 -66 45 59 37

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