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Christophe Nancey

  • Wood sculptor
  • Entrains sur Nohain, France
  • Master Artisan
Christophe Nancey Wood sculptor
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+33 607046560
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The forest of imagination

  • • Christophe has run his atelier since 1984
  • • Woodturning is how he expresses his creative potential
  • • His work has been featured in various exhibitions

From the first time Christophe Nancey got his hands on the wood lathe, he knew he did not want to do anything else. The French woodturner discovered the tool at the age of 23 and has never ceased to experiment with it. In his sculptures, Christophe reveals the depth and finesse of wood. Turning, inlaying, carving; his technical mastery serves his expression and results in sculptures: “I am the craftsman of my own art”. A self-taught artist, he has developed his own methods to subtly underline the character of wood. Christophe’s pieces appear as living objects arising from his imaginary nature. Guided by inspiration from the chimera, the phenomena of life, the wood sculptor makes palpable moments where life emerges.

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Empreinte vague 2

Empreintes Vague, a sculptural form handcrafted from ash wood, symbolises a vertical silhouette reduced to a rectangular outline. The form twist in its ascent and unlocks a resonance around an oblong opening as if to give life.

Length 25 cm
Width 8 cm
Height 70 cm

Photo: ©Christophe Nancey
Selva vue de trois quart face à droite

Selva is part of a series of sculptural forms handcrafted from a single piece of burl oak, wood turned and hollowed out on several axes. The pieces are carved, inlaid with pewter and patinated. Through the pieces, Christophe Nancey celebrates vitality and vulnerability, the duality of pristine natural spaces. A symbol of life, the form is inspired by the shape of a heart.

Length 30 cm
Width 15 cm
Height 30 cm

Photo: ©Christophe Nancey
Empreinte Torse 7

This ash wood sculpture, part of Christophe Nancey’s Empreintes Torse series, symbolises a vertical silhouette reduced to a rectangular outline. The form twists on its axis, traversed by an impact, giving rise to a radiant texture.

Length 22 cm
Width 7 cm
Height 75 cm

Photo: ©Christophe Nancey
Empreinte torse 10

This ash wood sculpture with gold powder detailing is part of Christophe Nancey’s Empreintes Torse series. The series explores silhouettes symbolised as vertical outlines reduced to a rectangular outline. The form twist on its axis, traversed by an impact, giving rise to a radiant texture.

Length 19 cm
Width 9 cm
Height 55 cm

Photo: ©Christophe Nancey
Danaïtes enrubannées - Bruyère

This wooden sculpture, crafted from heather root, pigments and pewter, is part of Christophe Nancey’s Chimera series. These sculptures come to life, blooming, growing and giving birth. The contrast between the rough, eroded and polished aspects, encrusted with metal, suggests a life emerging from a shell or a matrix.

Length 28 cm
Width 24 cm
Height 24 cm

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