Née à Paris en 1959 et toujours parisienne, le modelage reste sa priorité. Elle idéalise la nature humaine. C’est un parti pris, ses sculptures sont le reflet d’une réelle quête d’harmonie illusoire. Elle aime s’offrir la liberté de cette utopie.

Véronique Lonchamp propose au public d’inventer des histoires avec des personnages, des attitudes si justes et des discussions imaginaires. Ses originaux sont travaillés en terre, en cire, en plâtre ou en papier plâtré sur des armatures grillagées. Il y a dans son modelage des expressions volontairement simples et épurées. Les visages ne sont pas tracés, mais ils sont vivants. Elle leur évite de trop réfléchir. Ainsi l’humain devient humanité.

Elle laisse traces et aspérités, comme les blessures de la vie de chacun. Parfois, plusieurs générations se rencontrent. Tout son travail prend sa source dans l’impulsion de sentiments partagés. Ses personnages s’entendent souvent bien. Petits ou grands, ils sont toujours présentés en bronze. B.G.

Born in Paris in 1959, Véronique Lonchamp still lives in this capital. Modelling is her priority and she idealises the human nature. Her sculptures reflect her research of an unreal harmony. She likes treating herself to this utopia.

She suggests to the public to invent stories with characters, very true attitudes, and imaginary discussions. The original versions of her sculptures are made of terra cotta, wax, plaster or plastered paper, covering fenced frameworks. Her modelling offers expressions that are voluntarily simple. Faces are never detailed but are always alive. She spares them from thinking too much, and by this way, human becomes humanity.

She keeps marks and asperities, as injuries from life of every single person. Several generations sometimes meet. All her work starts with the impetus of shared feelings. Her characters often get on well. Either small or big, they are always displayed as bronzes. 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