Edouard Martinet 2014

Edouard Martinet 2014

Edouard Martinet interview for Arte, taken from the full episode which can be seen online here.

Edouard Martinet 2014

Edouard Martinet interview for Euromaxx, the full episode can be seen online here.

November 2013

Insect art made from rubbish is extraordinary to behold

Financial Times - SIMON DE BURTON

You might not realise it right now, but there's probably space in your life for a sculpture of a rhinoceros beetle made from a shoetree and a bit of bicycle chain. You might even fancy a fish made from part of a trumpet and the fenders and chain guards from old mopeds, or a red ant constructed from marbles and spoon handles.

If you think such things sound like a load of old rubbish, you'd be right. And sculptor Edouard Martinet would be happy to agree with you - but when it comes to rubbish, the Frenchman has something of a Midas touch, turning everyday detritus into objects of such remarkable realism that he has been called the art world's "virtuoso insectophile".

All the pieces mentioned above, plus many more - including a raven improbably constructed from a motorbike light and secateur springs - will be on show and available for sale at London's Sladmore Contemporary gallery from Wednesday November 27 until Friday January 31.

Even if you don't intend to buy, the show is worth a look for the chance to appreciate the remarkable ingenuity of this sculptor, who can take years (17, in the case of one robin) to source the appropriate materials for his creations from flea markets, car-boot sales and junk piles. He eschews welding or soldering, preferring to screw the components together to give the finished products the movement and fluidity that is intrinsic to their realism.

"When I find an object, I don't always see a use for it, but I usually keep it and put it away for later," says Martinet. "Yet sometimes I'll find something and see its potential instantly. Occasionally, an object will even give me an idea to make a particular insect. But it can be a very long process to get all the right parts because they not only need to fit together really well, they need to accurately represent whatever part of the sculpture it is that they are intended to be - and it's not unusual to start something and then have to put it to one side until I find just the right piece to finish it. It once took me 15 years to make a dragonfly."

That's certainly a long gestation period - but at least Martinet's insects live forever.

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November 2013

Artist makes incredible lifelike insects out of scrap metal

The Mirror - Rebecca Pocklington

The stunning sculptures have been made only from pieces of scrap metal and rubbish collected from flea markets and car boot sales.

With everything from beetles and ants, to fish and a bird, the artist uses a number of colours, wires and metal sheets to make the animals look completely realistic.

Martinet first got his passion for insects when he was just 10-years-old and a teacher introduced the class to them.

Now 40-years-later he is creating these.

He doesn't weld the metal together choosing instead to use small screws, and spends about a month on each sculpture, with some taking YEARS to complete.

The collection is on display at London's Sladmore Contemporary until January 31.

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November 2013

Insects Made From Bike Parts by Edouard Martinet

Londonist - Tabish Khan

Many artists create art exploring the interplay of the natural and mechanical worlds, and some do so using found objects — but we’ve not come across any who combine the two to create such striking and innovative animal sculptures.

Edouard Martinet has created a menagerie of sculptures including birds, fish, insects and even a frog from found car and bike parts that are remarkably accurate representations. A dragonfly’s wings are made from sections of a wire fence while a red ant has marbles for eyes and an abdomen made from a motorcycle headlamp.

Martinet does not shy away from the scrapyard origins of his creations, even going so far as to place brand logos on to his sculptures. This nod to the manufactured origins of his work only further prove the skill in piecing together such individualised pieces.

A personal favourite is an oversized wasp climbing into a giant glass. It takes a long hard stare to recognise the antennae are arms from a pair of spectacles, the eyes are old watch cases and the legs are made from bicycle chains.

The insects are his strongest works here largely because of the intricate nature of their construction and their scale. Martinet’s sculptures are remarkable works of art and need to be seen up close to recognise just how impressive they are.

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November 2013

New Animal and Insect Assemblages Made from Repurposed Objects by Edouard Martinet

When looking at these perfectly assembled sculptures by French artist Edouard Martinet (previously) it’s difficult to believe the raw materials he used ever existed in another form. Yet every head, thorax, leg, wing, and eye from these assorted creatures was once part of a car, bicycle, typewriter, or other found object. Reading through his material lists it becomes clear how completely thorough and judicious Martinet is in selecting the perfect objects to realize his vision, truly a master of his craft.

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Uno zoo di metallo

Edouard Martinet è un maestro del riciclo e le sue sculture sono creature meccaniche che sembrano vive read more

April 2013


A new book on Edward Martinet has just been published by Ian Sanderson read more


Metal-morphosis Edouard Martinet's childhood genius for transforming incongruous scrap metal into intriguingly lifelike creatures has morphed into a highly sought-after body of work, says Simon de Burton. read more

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