Born in 1948 and a graduate of sculpture at the School of Fine Arts in Rouen in the studio of René LELEU, this «”young artist of 69 years” as he likes to define himself, has had exhibitions in all of the major Parisian salons and won prestigious national awards.
His bronzes and marble from Carrara are in demand by the big international collectors, major exhibitions and museums.
Michel BASSOMPIERRE excels in the study of drawing and shapes. His animals, bears, horses, elephants or gorillas, very softly, allow themselves to be caressed by light. The artist likes to play with shadows to give volume and definition to his work. For him, freedom is first mastering anatomical and technical constraints and, after fifty years of « work and study his work has matured. “I may have been born with a pencil in hand, I was not a musician, I was not an accountant, or anything, I was sculptor…” The sculpture is the materialization of a dream. The dream to give life to something that was in his head ».
Michel BASSOMPIERRE exhibits in galleries in Paris, Lyon, Dinard, Geneva, Brussels, Courchevel, La Baule, Arcachon, Megève and St Tropez..
Michel BASSOMPIERRE was the guest of the Museum François POMPON in Saulieu (France) in 2015 for his bears and in 2016 for his gorillas.
Prizes and awards
2018 Special price Evelyn and Peter Haller of the Society of Animal Artists
2017 Price François POMPON of the François POMPON Museum
1998 Gold medal of the French artists fair in Paris
1990 Grand Price of the French artists fair in Paris
1989 Grand Price of the National fair of wildlife artists in Paris
1988 Silver medal of the French artists fair in Paris
1988 Fernand Mery Price of the National fair of wildlife artists Paris
1988 Price of the TAYLOR Foundation
1987 Price of the County Concil of Loire-Atlantique
1985 Price of the JOHNSON Foundation
Salon of French Artists
National Exhibition of Animal Artists
Comparison Fair, International Biennial of Human Forms
Guest of honor at the Salon National des Artistes Animaliers
Guest of honor of the Cercle Municipal des Gobelins et des Beaux-Arts
SAB Expo Brussels