Les Animaux Fabuleux de Hervé Maury: A collection of intimate and playful animal portraiture. From Dec 7 2014 to Dec 23 2014
Artist’s Proof Gallery in Georgetown is pleased to announce the unveiling of Les Animaux Fabuleux, an exhibition displaying works by artist Hervé Maury. The exhibition will begin on Sunday, December 7 and end on Tuesday, December, 23, 2014.
Hervé Maury’s work is immediately recognizable for its playful animal subjects. He is perhaps most famous for a series of bear portraits that adorn the windows of Hermès boutique fronts throughout Europe. Maury has found widespread popularity in his ability to transfer human characteristics to his animals. Through their small, round, piercing eyes his bewildered animals convey warmth and humor.
Maury revels in exploring the thematic possibilities of his cartoonish figures. While even the young can appreciate the tender qualities of his pieces, there is an intellectual rigor below the surface of his compositions. Works like Madonne or Mona Lisa, reveal Maury’s inspirations. His are often playful interpretation of iconic works that have influenced artists through the centuries.
There is also an interesting tension between the lightness of his subjects, and the coarseness of the materials Maury employs. In an oblique reference to his early work in construction, he uses rough sand, marble powder and ochres to animate his figures. Even in his supports, he has increasingly gravitated to heavy weathered marine sails. The result is an idiosyncratic style that gives his playful subjects weight and enduring permanence.
Artist’s Proof welcomes you to our new gallery space this holiday season to share Hervé Maury’s festive, uplifting and endearing works of art.
For a complete selection of available works by Hervé Maury and many others, please visit our artist page: