Hervé Wahlen

French, 1957
Renowned copper-ware sculptor Hervé Wahlen has honed his craft since the 1980s, breathing new life into the traditional art of coppersmithing. With a dedication to preserving historical forms and techniques, Wahlen utilizes the renowned tools once wielded by the illustrious René-Gabriel Lacroix, infusing his work with a sense of heritage and artistry.
Wahlen's sculptures exhibit a harmonious blend of supple, pure lines, evoking an almost organic essence. Their ethereal beauty is further accentuated by the interplay of light, achieved through the meticulous application of a subtle patina. Through strategic surface discontinuities and the strategic use of gold leaf, Wahlen masterfully captures and reflects light, enhancing the allure of his creations. A final touch of wax polish bestows a luxurious finish, inviting tactile exploration.
Collaborating with Peruvian artist Fabian Sanchez, Wahlen contributed to the creation of a monumental work for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, showcasing his artistry on a global stage. His extensive exhibition history spans across France, Switzerland, the United States, and the United Kingdom, underscored by accolades such as the Fondation de la Vocation de Paris prize in 1984.
Wahlen's sculptures grace the collections of esteemed individuals like Bill Gates, Paloma Picasso, and Peter Marino, as well as public institutions such as DRAC Ile-de-France, attesting to their enduring appeal and cultural significance. In a testament to his ongoing legacy, the Torsion Moongold lamp was welcomed into the esteemed collections of the Mobilier National in 2021, further solidifying Wahlen's position as a luminary in the world of sculptural art.
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