Romain Langlois and the inner energy of the elements
Romain Langlois is a French sculptor who lives and works in Auvergne, France. Through his sculptures the artist would like to reveal the inner energy of the elements, to convey their mysteries which beyond their intrinsic beauty follow us in the look that we have.
Initially Langlois worked exclusively with clay and plaster for the study of body and face, in a so-called academic approach so that each representation lacked nothing. He imposed this rigor upon himself before adopting a more personal approach.
In 2002 he turned his attention to bronze for its vibratory as well as its lasting quality. This metal alloy has the ability to seal in and reveal the emotion placed. Then he learned and integrated stonemasonry into his sculptures. If his approach to bronze is linked to a surface principle, his utilization of the mineral suggests a far denser one.
The rapport sets in between container and contents revealing as many layers as necessary. The sculpture’s presence is not so much due to the artist working with model but from the materials utilized which fill the work full of implicit strength. Romain Langlois’ work continually evolves through the rapport between substance and reality. White bronze, bismuth, crystal, calcification, silver and stone of every kind assume an alchemical approach.
In 2011 his sculptures condense the ambivalent energy of an artist looking at nature. Out of respect and fascination for the beauty and concentrated forces in the most common elements, stones, trunks, branches, become models.
Images courtesy of Romain Langlois and Artistics