Estelle Grandidier 's work has two major influences: on one hand her mixed-race african family background and on the other, her personal practice of tai chi, yoga and interest in Eastern culture. These inspirations work upon her concern with psychology giving a depth to the subject she tackles whilst also providing a striking style to the sculptural heads created.
Her main subject is the human figure. She uses unglazed porcelain and black clay though the choice of clay is in accordance with the subject matter. Grandidier's work is hand built often one offs small series. Through the figure, the artist is able to comment on the history of the human race, on the relationship one has with the body or simply tell a story.
Grandidier is extremely interested in showing and provoking emotion. The sensuality of clay communicates all kinds of feelings; it is the perfect medium to comment on being human, life’s fragility and imperfections.
2010 BA(Hons) Fine Arts, Camberwell College of Art, London
2007 Art and design foundation, City Lit, London
2010 [mine] gallery, Carshalton
2010 Vibe gallery, London
2010 Candid Art Fair, London
2010 New Designers, London
2010 Summer Show, Camberwell College of Art, London
2009 139/5 – Group exhibition, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London
2007 Group exhibition, City Lit, London
2006 Group exhibition, Academie Internationale de Lutece, Paris
2009 Organiser of the Art Event TAG in Covent garden, London
Co-curated of the Exhibitions 139/5
2007 Awarded the Vermeil Prize at the Grand Concours International 2006 of the Academie Internationale de Lutece in Paris for a sculpture in stone entitled “L’Usure”.