Né à Paris en 1945, Patrice Mesnier a côtoyé toute son enfance le monde du théâtre et du cinéma. Sa mère, comédienne et son père réalisateur l’ont guidé vers des exigences esthétiques. Il a la chance de travailler très tôt auprès de Jean Tinguely et Nicky de Saint-Phalle et sera le dernier élève du sculpteur Del Debbio. Ses premiers animaux sont des insectes. L’élan est un aspect pertinent de son travail.

Un immense dinosaure de 5 mètres de haut, présenté durant quatre mois dans le jardin du Muséum d’Histoires Naturelles, a été acheté par la ville de Villers-sur-Mer en 2010. Dans son atelier, emportée dans une course sans fin, une licorne grandeur nature domine son bestiaire. De l’araignée au rhinocéros, ses sculptures ne sont jamais statiques, la propulsion est certaine. Tiges et plaques d’acier sont découpées, martelées et soudées. Les volumes offrent ombres et lumières. Lorsque le vide évoque les galbes, en opposition les plaques les valorisent. Au final l’acier est poli et patiné.

Ses sculptures sont présentées en France et à l’étranger et particulièrement aux Pays-Bas.

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Born in Paris in 1945, he mixed with the worlds of theatre and cinema throughout his childhood. His comedienne mother and his filmmaker father guided him towards aesthetic expectations. He was lucky to work quite early in his life with both Jean Tinguely and Nicky de Saint-Phalle. He also was the latest student of the sculptor Del Debbio. The first animals he created were insects. His work is mainly characterised by movement.

A huge sculpture representing a 5-metres-tall dinosaur, which was exhibited during 4 months in the garden of the Natural History Museum of Paris, was bought afterwards by the town of Villiers-sur-Mer in 2010. In his studio, a life-sized unicorn dominates his bestiary. From spider to rhinoceros, his sculptures never seem static, as the propulsion is obvious. Steel rods and plates are cut, hammered and welded. The volumes offer lights and shadows. If emptiness makes reference to shapes, plates add value to it. Finally, the steel is polished and burnished.

His sculptures are on display in France and abroad, particularly in the Netherlands.

B.G.

Avec la galerie :
Exposition collective « Sculptures au Jardin » – 2012  – 2014    
« Un artiste dans votre chambre » – 20142015  
Exposition collective « Grand Ecart » dans la galerie – novembre 2015   

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