The human form is one of the most enduring themes in art. For millennia, masters in all disciplines of art have been trying to replicate the complex intricacies of the human body. The emotive capacity of a person who is able to think, feel and breathe is almost limitless and this can no doubt be frustrating for a sculptor to duplicate into bronze.
Vincent Vergone is a Parisian sculptor and animator, who knows this problem too well. He’s spent innumerable time studying his craft, under a mentor and on through his own experimentation. Vincent’s reason for his precision is simple: he believes that the face is the mirror of the soul, and that a sculpture must be able to portray these ethereal emotions as well as a human face can. This kind of dedication is what once led him to work for six months on crafting just the face of one of his sculptures.
Vincent’s commitment to his craft is seen immediately in his work. His sculptures carry a signature look – long, sweeping, elongated arms and legs, limbs climbing skyward, meeting at the face which has all of its lines and curves etched perfectly, capturing the emotions of a mother with her children, or a couple.
The way he finishes the pieces give them even more life. His bronzing can look brittle, and very earthy, brilliantly capturing the aging in some of his subjects.
We visited Vincent’s studio in Paris, and he was a gracious host as we perused his collection of unfinished pieces and previewed his foray into stop motion animated films. We asked him about his failed beginnings as a painter, how he discovered his passion for sculpture, and the first piece he ever sold.