Née en 1946 dans l’Oise, Micheline Mercier s’est révélée sculpteur animalier à l’âge de quarante ans, lorsque la terre est devenue une priorité dans sa vie, comme une évidence sans complaisance.

Elle met tout d’abord en scène de petits animaux et les chevaux sont arrivés au grand galop entre ses mains. Aujourd’hui plus d’une centaine de pièces la regardent travailler dans son atelier. Ses chevaux et ses femmes dansent et tourbillonnent au rythme d’un tango silencieux. Elle apporte la matière par petites boulettes qui viennent s’ajuster et donner vie à des corps où tout semble si facile … Ses doigts, ses ongles, un petit canif, parfois une tige en bois sont ses seuls outils. Son bestiaire est sans frontière ni tabous, des animaux domestiques aux animaux sauvages. Perchée sur une haute tablette tournante, la terre donne naissance, l’équilibre est toujours là.

Lorsqu’elle change les rapports pour mettre en évidence le sentiment qui l’anime, une autre réalité apparaît. Chaque instant raconte la mémoire d’une présence jamais oubliée…
De nombreux bronzes enrichissent ses créations.

B.G.

Born in 1946 in the Oise county (North of Paris), Micheline Mercier became an animal sculptor at the age of 40 when clay and terracotta became a priority into her life.

She started putting on stage small animals and horses came afterwards to her hands. More than a hundred of pieces are currently watching her working in her studio. Her horses and her women are dancing and swirling as if they were following a silent tango. She builds her pieces bits by bits, adding, one after another, small balls of material to give life to bodies, where everything seems so easy… Her only tools are her fingers, her nails, a small knife and sometimes a tiny twig.

Sitting on a small high turning table, the clay material is giving birth, with a constant equilibrium. Whenever she changes the forces in order to change the feeling of the subject, another reality comes to life. Every moment tells the memory of a never forgotten presence…

Numerous bronzes enhance her creations.

B.G.

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