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
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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Make no mistake, you stand at the heart of Eden, where God forbade Adam to eat the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil… This silk scarf tempts you to celebrate a feast of colors and forms from the garden itself.
Michaël Cailloux’s interpretation of this animal king from the “Art Nouveau” era certainly brings to mind René Lalique. The same subtle sculpture, the same love for nature and with the same fascination for metamorphosis. The craft on the veins of the wings is perfection, absolute lace-like meticulous work. Then when the eyes gaze off into the rigorousness of the piece, there seem to be something of a “Paris of yesterday” floating in the air. Maybe it’s Sarah Bernard’s ghost. Aquatint etching
Size 28 x 39cm
Numbered and limited to 6 copies
Natural white Hahnemühle paper
Where are we before “being”? What wonderful beings are looking upon our bodies to give it life? Who are this serpent, falcon, and the fly in relation to the creation of man? Explorer of his own dreams, Michaël Cailloux is looking to understand thoughts on his own creation and passes them on to the imagination of the audience. Aquatint etching
Size 28 x 39 cm
Numbered and limited to 3 copies
Natural white Hahnemühle paper
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.