Portrait Sculpture by Philippe Faraut
Philippe Faraut is a French sculptor who works in terracotta, stone and bronze to capture the features of the human face. His work reminds me of Neoclassical sculptures by Canova mixed with the clay-formed qualities of Rodin and Degas. What makes him really special, I think, is the variety of types of faces he models. How often is it that you see non-white women in period garb represented in art? Not often at all. Faraut’s skill level is undeniable, with his ability to carve and mold clay and stone into ringlets–the wrinkles on a face like a Baroque sculptor working in marble–and to see that being used with unconventional subject matter (a girl in a bath towel for example, posed as she would be rather than in a sexualized manner) is refreshing in its own way.
Faraut’s work can be found at the National Sculpture Society’s Annual Exhibitions and the American Portrait Society’s Annual Exhibit, both in New York City, and at the Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. Faraut teaches sculpting classes in upstate New York, Florida and France that are on the pricey side, but luckily he also has books and DVDs on the sculpting process. If you’re a sculptor or just experimenting, you might want to check these out.