Still Steel - Mixed Media Art by Pierre Auville
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Pierre Auville
Still Steel



Cement and corroded steel on foam panels. Auville works with construction cement. Applying techniques used in the construction and ship building industries, he spreads the cement over high-density foam panels, creating pieces ranging in size from one to eight square meters. Rust is a mixture of steel and oxygene. It brings some life to a dull clean metal. The rust of Still Steel is the result of time and sea-water washing which has been then stopped with clear water and varnish. Concrete around rusty steel is more than a frame, they work together. Pierre Auville is a French artist whose work investigates and incorporates the aesthetic and conceptual qualities of manufactured materials such as cement, concrete and steel. He was born in Le Havre, on the Normandy coast, and lives and works near Paris. Auville explored many different fields before turning full time to art. He worked as a journalist, served in the French Navy, worked in emergency medical services and held various management positions in industrial companies. He worked around a lot of different kinds of manufactured materials and surfaces, which inspired him. As his artwork evolved he experimented with different mediums, exploring various kinds of alternative media until he discovered the rawness and versatility of cement. Cement allows Auville to search for the point where the colors of human-made materials go back to their original mineral essence. He references the various color qualities of minerals in stone, ranging from Lascaux cave in France, which he visited as a kid, to cement roads in hot areas such as California, to the abandoned WW2 “blockhaus” that line the Atlantic coastline of Western Europe. Pictorially, Auville’s aesthetic vocabulary is influenced by modern art movements such as Geometrical Abstraction, Arte Povera and Street Art.


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    First hand item, delivered directly from the artist's studio
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    H 46.07 in. x W 34.65 in. x D 2.37 in.H 117 cm x W 88 cm x D 6 cm
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
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