Né en 1966 dans l’Indre, Christian Hirlay est diplômé de l’Institut d’Arts Visuels d’Orléans en 1994. Tout d’abord illustrateur, le dessin le guide naturellement vers le volume et particulièrement vers le fil de fer très fin.
Sculpteur figuratif, il compose ainsi un bestiaire d’animaux domestiques et d’animaux de nos forêts et explore aussi le geste de différents musiciens et de quelques sportifs. Plusieurs thèmes mythologiques le passionnent également.
Christian Hirlay a une réputation reconnue et engagée notamment dans l’art animalier depuis 1997
En hiver 2005 je l’ai invité à présenter plusieurs sculptures au Théâtre Equestre Zingaro.
Depuis plusieurs années, Christian Hirlay utilise un autre matériau, le Corten. Le jeu des vides et des pleins persiste même si la matière est plus présente. Christian Hirlay dit « Lorsqu’un fragment prend place avec une justesse surprenante dans la construction de la sculpture, il me semble que ce travail prend tout son sens. Une sorte de défi consiste à représenter le vivant de manière légère et fluide grâce au métal, ce matériau froid et d’apparence rigide ». B.G.

Toutes ces grandes sculptures enchantent évidemment les jardins !

L’acier Corten est un acier auto-patiné à corrosion superficielle forcée, utilisé pour son aspect et sa résistance aux conditions atmosphériques, dans l’architecture, la construction et particulièrement dans l’art pour la sculpture d’extérieur.

 

From various weathering steel (Corten steel) pieces which are rusted, scrubed, brushed and polished, Christian Hirlay creates animals and humans with lifelike attitudes and accurate muscle structures. Volumes and joins are always right, perfectly studied and well adapted to each posture; everything is strongly linked to his skills as a famous draughtsman and illustrator. Both small or monumental-sized, his scultures are displayed in the Bénédicte Giniaux Gallery in Bergerac, and in other galleries in France and Belgium. A lot of his work has been purchased and sent in various countries.

Avec la galerie :
Exposition personnelle au Château des Vigiers – Été 2017
Exposition collective « Sculptures au Jardin » – 20162018

Vidéo – Visite d’atelier 4 minutes     

Committed to living artists for more than 25 years, Bénédicte Giniaux started in the Oise and Paris regions before moving to Bergerac, Dordogne, where she opened her own art gallery in 2011.
In the heart of the historic centre of this charming city, the gallery presents the work of twenty permanent artists. The figurative art, which is here always customised and stylised, remains a priority, through various themes (the world of humans and animals, journeys, nudes, everyday life scenes and still-life paintings). Numerous abstract artworks are also on display.
In this art gallery, poetry, tenderness, humour and life stories are predominant. The artworks are signed by professional artists deeply committed to their work. Some of them even have a solid reputation abroad.
From small to large formats, the artworks are made of bronze, terra cotta, raku, iron, Corten steel, stainless steel, wood, glass fusion, etching, engraving, drawing, collage, watercolour, pastel, acrylic paint, oil paint, photography…

The gallery is run with passion by Bénédicte Giniaux. All her energy is dedicated to various artists, from France and abroad, with whom she chose to work and on long-term partnerships. They work hands-in-hands with a mutual confidence.
Throughout the year, various events give the gallery its tempo: solo or collective exhibitions, in situ with the permanent artists of the gallery, as well as outdoor exhibitions in partnership with important places, such as this summer exhibition at the Château des Vigiers.

“Over the past nine years, the Bénédicte Giniaux art gallery has been able to win over and retain an audience of amateurs and collectors from all over the region and passing through the Dordogne. The quality of the selected artworks, as well as the friendliness of the reception, undoubtedly make it one of the most important art galleries in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.” Florence Peyron

“I have always been working with artists from whom the sensibility and the creative techniques passionate me. I appreciate their investment, their commitment, their artistic search as well as the way they look at their own work. Some of them are present since the beginning of my activities, and when new artists fit in the gallery, my selection criterion are mainly linked with their professional background and I look for long-term partnerships.
All the sculptures and all the paintings are one-offs. Regarding the bronze sculptures, casted in limited edition and numbered, each one of them is called “Épreuve originale”. I never put on display artworks made from resin, neither for indoor nor outdoor.
All the artworks are technically mastered, and I always deliver a certificate of authenticity, alongside a text of introduction or a catalogue about the artist.”
Bénédicte Giniaux

Bénédicte Giniaux dans sa galerie à Bergerac

Over the past nine years, the Bénédicte Giniaux art gallery has been able to win over and retain an audience of amateurs and collectors from all over the region and passing through the Dordogne. The quality of the selected artworks, as well as the friendliness of the reception, undoubtedly make it one of the most important art galleries in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.”   Florence Peyron

“I have always been working with artists from whom the sensibility and the creative techniques passionate me. I appreciate their investment, their commitment, their artistic search as well as the way they look at their own work. Some of them are present since the beginning of my activities, and when new artists fit in the gallery, my selection criterion are mainly linked with their professional background and I look for long-term partnerships.
All the sculptures and all the paintings are one-offs. Regarding the bronze sculptures, casted in limited edition and numbered, each one of them is called “Épreuve originale”. I never put on display artworks made from resin, neither for indoor nor outdoor.
All the artworks are technically mastered, and I always deliver a certificate of authenticity, alongside a text of introduction or a catalogue about the artist.”
Bénédicte Giniaux

Les sculptures de Patrice Mesnier dans sa galerie à Bergerac