Michaël Cailloux has been passionate about drawing since childhood. Sketching and doodling are second nature to this exceptional artist who graduated from the renown École Duperré School of Designin Paris in 1998. His dissertation was dedicated entirely to the 18th century fly… Further information
Etchings by Michael Cailloux are executed according to conventional art techniques: the copper plate is sculpted with a fret saw then worked with an etching needle; ferric chloride is used for the bite while an aquatint process produces the tonal effects… All works exhibit an embossed interplay and sober colors. Impressions in series limited to a maximum of 4 copies… Further information
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The plants, beasts, fish and insects that populate our countryside have always been an immediate source of inspiration for Michaël Cailloux, and still-life is his favourite theme. Hence his signature, the fly, bringing life where there was none... Drawing on various influences, «Cameo» references the era of Pharaohs and Egypt at its grandest, by putting the first engravings of beetles in jewel form. The beetle was a symbol of rebirth for the dead, and a protective talisman for the living.
"Cameo" - Size L.16,6 x H.18,2 cm - Unique artwork
Michaël Cailloux reappropriates the copper sheets used to print his etchings by working them according to classic jewel making techniques: bow saw, internal and external cutting, embossing and chiseling. Discover Michaël Cailloux's Craft.
The Trembling Dragonfly "The trembling dragonfly fixes the globes of his eyes on the splendid pond where teems all a mysterious world"Beams and Shadows (Les Rayons et les Ombres, 1840) Victor HugoEtching created by the sculpting of copper plate with fret saw, etching needle, acid bath and aquatint. White Hahnemühle paper / size 28 X 40 cm Relief Print / single color 1 to 6 edition
Symbol of fertility and abundance in many cultures, this ghost fish seems to be very alive. In the style of skeletons waltzing to macabre dances, this fish possessed, by the flowers he’s wearing is perfectly happy and pleased with his state. It’s not surprising, knowing that death is one of Michaël Cailloux’s dearest themes to research. Nonetheless, there’s no tragedy here, it’s merely an exploration of this theme along amusing and subtle roads, with this ghost fish as the guide. Aquatint etching
Size 37 x 26.5 cm
Numbered and limited to 4 copies
Natural white Arche paper