DUHAMEL, Oliver
DUHAMEL, Oliver

Artist CV Biography

Born 1957, France A New Zealander since 1987, French born Olivier Duhamel is a respected
figurative sculptor. A prolific artist and regular exhibitor, Duhamel has acquired a masterful
command of the figurative form. His bronze figurines and laminated sculptures have won awards
and are held in many private and public collections, including the Wallace Arts Trust.
After extensive travels in Europe, northern, western and central Africa and the South Pacific, the
young Duhamel settles in New Zealand in 1987 and become a citizen in 1992. He now lives and
works on Waiheke Island near Auckland from where he has spent the last 10 years establishing a
bronze sculpture practice and a network of art galleries representing his work in New Zealand, in
Australia and in Europe. He teaches practical creative workshops, publishes a number of popular art
manuals, offers pencil drawings and life casting services on commission and runs a life drawing class.
He has been a student of David Reid (bronze casting) and Chrystèle Legardinier (etching on copper
plate) He has worked on contract for the studio of American sculptor Jeff Koons, NYC He is the
director of [ s p a c e ] contemporary art gallery on Waiheke Island (spaceartgallery.co.nz)

Statement “My creations do not convey any particular message, do not attempt any conceptual or
symbolist exploration, nor do they search to be innovative at all cost. I am rather trying to simply
capture the beauty and sensuality of my subjects of study. When it comes to art, I am chiefly
concerned with beauty, emotion and mastery of my craft.”

Awards Shell Todd Oil Services Ltd 3D Award -Taranaki National Art awards 2013 Public’s choice
awards 2013”, Waitakere Art Council