© Bernard Plossu
© Bernard Plossu

Nicolas Alquin was born in 1958 in Brussels, in a family of artists. After studying art restoration at the museum of Arts et traditions populaires, Paris, he studies with sculptors Reinhoud d’Haese and  Etienne Martin. Since then, he has been developing his own artistic lexicon according to three main vectors: wood (direct carving); bee's wax modeled from the block (sometimes casted in bronze); and black or sepia ink (for wash drawings with brush). Taking backwards the precepts of the post-minimal sculpture, he deploys a practice that replays, with great intensity, the art history, also convening references in the margin of the great sculptural history. In an incessant dialogue between the Judeo-Christian iconographic heritage and the influence of primitive sculptures (African as well as Oriental) on contemporary  occidental sculpture, Nicolas Alquin materializes through his works a reflection on the relation between the visible and the unspeakable, the hand and the mind, or the mastering and the random. Therefore, he does not hesitate to take over so called traditional techniques (wood direct carving, bronze chiseling) to tint them with various influences and to put them in perspectiveExtract from a text by Marc Bembekoff

MAIN SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2017 Galerie Devillez, Bruxelles

2016 "De toutes pièces", Galerie Maeght, Paris, France

2016 "Nicolas Alquin, sculpture et xylotraces," Galerie Simonici, Luxembourg

2015 Art Paris Art Fair, Koralewski Gallery, Paris, France

2014 Guy Pieters Gallery, Knokke-Heist, Belgium

2013 "Bois et dérivés" exhibition: Hospice Saint-Roch Museum, Issoudun, France

Arsenal Museum — Abbaye Saint Jean des Vignes. Soissons, France

Campredon Museum. L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

2012 Le Salon d’Art Gallery. Brussels, Belgium

2008 Guigon Gallery. Paris, France

2007 Galleria Del Leone, Venice, Italy

2005  "Bois flotté" exhibition: Ixelles Museum. Brussels, Belgium

Château de Coubertin Museum, Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse, France

2002 Prince Pierre de Monaco Foundation. Principality of Monaco

2003 Michèle Broutta Gallery, Paris, France

2000  Fred Lanzenberg Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

1999 Fred Lanzenberg Gallery, FIAC Art Fair. Paris, France

1998  Veranneman Foundation. Kruishoutem, Belgium

1992 Agnès B. Gallery. Paris, France

1991 Erval Gallery, FIAC Art Fair. Paris, France

1990 Contemporary Art Museum. Dunkerque, France

Cultural Center Le Botanique, Brussels, Belgium

1987 Galerie Maeght, Barcelona, Spain

1986 Galerie Maeght, Paris, France

 

MAIN MONUMENTS, AND PUBLIC ACQUISITIONS

 

2013 "Haris," monumental wood sculpture, Museum of Art. Soissons, France

2012 "Saint Joseph," monumental wood sculpture. Saint-Joseph de Montrouge parish, France

2010 "Altar of the chapel" in: Maison des Serviteurs de la Parole, Charenton, France

2009  "Persée et Andromède," monumental wood sculptures, Cultural center, Yerres, France

2008  "Via Orange," Iron sculpture for the Orange-France Telecom group, Arcueil , France

"Parole d’abîme," monumental wood sculpture, House of the bishops of France, Paris, France

2007 "Solitude," Iron and wood monumental sculpture, Memorial to the resistant slaves, Bagneux, France

"Joseph à l’écoute," monumental wood sculpture, Kliniek Sint Jozef, Pittem, Belgium

2002 "Croix d’Éspérance," monumental wood sculpture, Notre-Dame-d’Éspérance church, Paris, France

1998 "Parole portée (A voice beyond death )," National memorial to the victims of terrorism, Hôtel des Invalides, Paris, France

"Judith," monumental bronze sculpture, Square Albert I, Brussels, Belgium

1996  "Judith ou la parole double," monumental bronze sculpture, Beelden aan Zee museum, Netherlands

1991 "Gaspard," monumental wood sculpture, Contemporary Art museum, Dunkerque, France

1989 "Jour de désert," monumental wood sculpture, Museum of Sacred Art, Lille, France

 

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

 

2014 Grand Prix Léon-Georges Baudry,Taylor Foundation, Paris, France

2014 Prix des Arts Léopold Sédar Senghor, cénacle européen, Paris, France

2007 Charles et Christiane Oulmont Foundation Award, Paris, France

2004 Enku Award, Gifu, Japan

2002 International Sculpture Award, Poznan, Poland

2001 Grand Prix Prince Pierre de Monaco, Principality of Monaco

1997 Prix de sculpture de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts, Simone and Cino del Duca Foundation, Paris, France

1988 Prix Léonard de Vinci, AFAA. Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

1987 Prix de la Villa Médicis hors les murs, Verona, Italy

 

MAIN GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2016 "Alquin, Amorim, de Torhout," Taylor Foundation, Paris, France

2015 "Bronzes," Galerie Maeght, Paris, France

2015 Art Elysées Art Fair, Koralewski Gallery. Paris, France

2015 Flag France Renaissance, Shanghai, China

2013. Flag France Renaissance, Château de la Celle Saint-Cloud, France

2011  Blickachsen Biennal, Bad Homburg, Germany

2009  Biennal of sculptures, Yerres, France

2007 Art  Wallon Museum, Liège, Belgium

2006  International Sculpture Triennal, Poznan, Poland

2005 Enku award exhibition, Gifu, Japan

2004  "Moi ! Autoportrait du XXe siècle," exhibition: Luxembourg Museum, Paris, France and Galleria degli Uffizi Museum, Firenze, Italy

2002 Een jonge garde, Beelden aan Zee Museum, Netherlands

2001  Movement 134, Plaza Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2000 Veranneman Foundation, Kruishoutem, Belgium

 

Inauguration du Calvaire des Marins, Dunkerque

15 août 2017