Nicolas Deshayes Exhibition

This event has been postponed temporarily. The new event date will be announced shortly.

We are delighted to welcome French artist Nicolas Deshayes to the Monteverdi Gallery for an exhibition of drawings and ceramics.

Working primarily with various methods of industrial casting, Nicolas Deshayes’s sculptures tend to be solid, made from materials such as plastic, ceramic, vitreous enamel, aluminium or cast iron. Formally, however, his works reference soft, moving and malleable things; things that are alive and functioning. Recent works have operated as working metal radiators that pump water around a room, or water fountains in public ponds, while being formally suggestive of the interior of a body. Deshayes is concerned with turning the inside out. Plumbing systems that are usually hidden, both of the body – intestines, bowels – but also of the domestic and civic environment that carries its waste and keeps it clean, are central to his work.

Nicolas refers to Italy as his second studio; for the last three years he has forged strong connections with the town of Nove, Veneto where he has been modelling, slip-casting and glazing ceramics in collaboration with specialist artisans who have taught him their trade. Attracted by Italian craftsmanship he has also made artworks in different materials in Milan, Bolzano and Tuscany and intends to further explore the potential of the local artisanal landscape.

Nicolas Deshayes was born in Nancy, France, in 1983, and lives and works in London. He holds an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London (2009), and a BA in Sculpture from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (2005). Solo exhibitions and projects include E-werk, Luckenwalde (2019), Modern Art, London (2019); Basement Roma, Rome (2018); Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow (2015); S1 Artspace, Sheffield (2013); and Concrete/Hayward Gallery, London (2010). Deshayes’ work has been included in group shows at FRAC Grand Large, Dunkirk (2018); Tate St Ives (2017); Zabludowicz Collection, London (2016); Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds (2015); Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover, and David Roberts Art Foundation, London (both 2014); Saatchi Gallery, London, and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (both 2013); and White Columns, New York (2011); among many other venues.

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Price:   Free

Location:   The Monteverdi Gallery