There are gestures we make in childhood, without knowing that one day they would influence our life choices or a career in the making. This is undoubtedly how Pierre Jean Chabert's artistic destiny came about.
Pierre Jean Chabert - portrait
After fifteen years of a hectic Parisian life, Pierre-Jean CHABERT settled in Tours, on the banks of the Cher, close to nature. From his childhood, he discovered the turning and modelling of clay in a farmhouse in the south of France, his native region. Drawing then became his preferred means of expression and allowed him to give free rein to his imagination.
As a young adult and in parallel to his studies of comedy and body language, he learns by himself how to model the earth in order to make the heads of chimeras that populate his fantastic bestiary. At the age of 24, he collaborates with a director in the creation of several animated films, the first of which is entitled "Floyd, leapfrog".
It is then a new exploration of the work of modelling which begins with the discovery of new materials, polymer pastes such as "Fimo" and "Super Sculpey". Thus, Pierre-Jean Chabert began to assiduously model heads, busts and characters, often coming from a fantasy and science-fiction universe. Through his research, he gets closer to worlds that were unknown to him until then, those of miniature sculpture and figurines.
At the age of 30, he decided to take classes to study the living model. For three years, he deepened his practice with Philippe Seené; he produced nudes, portraits and animal pieces. He learns the techniques of moulding, resin, welding,... and has bronze pieces made for his first exhibitions. Thanks to the success of these exhibitions, his activity was enriched by private commissions and a growing freedom, dedicated to his personal creations. Pierre Jean devotes himself to what he loves most: letting his creativity vibrate, sharpening his sense of observation and developing his critical mind.
Through his works, he allows us to share the privileged and precious moments of life that every artist needs to be free.
He is one of those bearded artists, sometimes crazy, sometimes pensive, that we take pleasure in seeing evolve, and whose authenticity and precision of artistic gesture we like to see.
Julia Lorenceau (Photography) et Elizabeth Chelin (Visual artist)