The Glass Art Centre was very proud to welcome Mathieu Grodet (France/Canada) here to the Côte d’Azur as Artist-in-Residence from 11th to 16th July 2019.
“I use a variety of techniques and materials to reflect the poetic decay of today’s society and represent my vision of the current outside world. By combining modern graphic design imagery with old glass material to bring my work to the contemporary art scene, I endeavour to explore the conversation between old and new.” Mathieu Grodet
Mathieu Grodet was born in Orléans, France, and now lives and works in Canada. He studied at the Orléans School of Art & Design before discovering the medium of glass in 1999. After training with a craftsman, he had a series of internships in France and elsewhere in Europe. He also took a course in flame work at CERFAV (the European Centre for Research and Training in Glass Art). After much travelling, he finally settled in Killaloe in Ontario (Canada), where he applies the various techniques learned over the years and continues to develop his own unique style.
Mathieu Grodet’s work forms part of many private and public collections, in particular at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and the MNBAQ, Quebec Museum of Fine Arts. And, as is the case for all the other artists who have passed through our Centre, we presented some of his works to the Glasmuseum Lette Foundation at Coesfeld in Germany and acquired a small Series for the Foundation.
To round off this atypical artist’s residency with us and mark the opening of a wonderful exhibition, the artists Antoine Pierini and Mathieu Grodet created a piece together in a 4-handed demonstration – Œuvre4 Mains – before a spellbound audience, producing a spectacular visual and technical feat.
And we hope for many more collaborative ventures with this resourceful artist, with so much know-how at his fingertips.