© Jean-Marc de Pas, by Georges Leveque, In the Sculpture Garden, Chateau De Bois Guilbert, 2019
Jean-Marc de Pas, sculptor, was born in Rouen in 1962. He holds a doctorate in Arts and Sciences of Art, a diploma from the Beaux-arts de Paris and the Ecole Boulle, and opened his studio in 1989 in Bois-Guilbert, Normandy.
In his work, he seeks harmony of line, grace and the expression of an inner state. A landscape artist at heart, he sees outdoor sculpture as part of a whole. At the age of 21, he was given a place with a very special charm, and found the freedom to express his relationship with the universe. His dream was a large sculpture garden, for which he designed the plans and planted the trees. Seventy of his works line a poetic and symbolic promenade celebrating life and nature, a garden awarded the “Remarkable Garden” label by the French Ministry of Culture in 2014.
Over the past 30 years, he has also created numerous monumental works installed in public spaces. He has experimented with many registers. His preferred material is malleable clay, and his works are then produced in bronze or composite materials. Jean-Marc de Pas also works regularly for companies. “Intervening on a site is not a neutral action. Creation enters into a dialogue with the site’s vocation, its history and the formal elements – landscape, architecture – that make it up. It is an addition, and in this sense must find its coherence in the eyes of the people who live in this space. The artist integrates a set of specifications to produce a poetic gesture that goes beyond the materiality of the work. A work of art can add soul to a space”- J.-M. de Pas.
He wrote a doctoral thesis in plastic arts and art sciences at the Sorbonne, under the direction of René Passeron, which was awarded the Prix d’Excellence: Le Malléable et sa pétrification.
I live in a land,
I should say,
I live in a land.
A land of childhood,
A land of asylum.
I grew there like a tree,
And my fingers,
delve into the depths of the soil.
I grew up in a place called “La Glos”.
Old village folk,
say it means “clay”.
Clay as the original soil.
Clay, greasy earth, earth of clay.
It bore my childhood,
It shaped me.
Excerpt from the thesis of Jean-Marc de Pas, Le Malléable et sa petrification, poietic essay on a sculptural practice
Northern University Press, Lille
In progress, prizewinner for a sculpture in tribute to Antoine BOURDELLE, City of Montauban
Bust in tribute to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace at Le Bourget, Paris
Ronde des saisons, Ville de Sucy-en-Brie (94) competition, bronze, in front of the listed castle
The Great Navigators, 10 bronze busts on the Boieldieu Bridge, Rouen
The wolf, Agglomération de Rouen, City of Canteleu
William the Conqueror, City of Bois-Guillaume
Les moulières, and many portraits of personalities, Claude Monet, Erik Satie, Françoise Sagan etc, City of Honfleur
Winner of the competition for the creation of a bronze sculpture in homage to Clarissa Jean Philippe, Sainte Marie, Martinique.
The three sources fountain, City of Forges-les-Eaux
Eole, Community of communes of Douaisis, and the mill of Ecalles in Seine-Maritime
The four seasons, City of Barentin
Métrobus Station Balzac, Rouen, public commission
Ondine fountain, City of Le Havre
In progress, sculpture project of the Little Prince in homage to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Villa Albertine – New York, by Le Souvenir français in New York, with the support of the Saint-Exupéry Foundation for Youth
Guillaume Le Conquérant at a gallop, A13 / Bosgouet north motorway rest area near Rouen, by Total Energies with the agreement of SanefGuillaume Le Conquérant au galop, A13 / aire d’autoroute Bosgouet nord près de Rouen, par Total Énergies avec l’accord de la Sanef
Memorial 76 for the seinos-marins who disappeared during the Algerian War Morocco 1952-1962, in collaboration with the Atelier de la Corderie, project led by the Memorial 76 association 1952 1962
- 27 bronze busts of great navigators and conquerors of air and space, MATMUT headquarters in Rouen, December 2010
- Tribute to the civilian victims of the Second World War, Site V1 in Ardouval
- Virgin and Child, vegetable cloister of the abbey in Saint-Martin de Boscherville, association A.T.A.R.
Foot sculpture of Don Bosco at the Lemonnier Institute, Caen
Foot sculpture in homage to Sainte-Thérèse, Providence Sainte-Thérèse, Rouen
High reliefs of Saint Thomas More and Saint John Paul II, Basilica of Sainte-Clotilde, Paris 7
Foot sculpture in homage to Mother Teresa, Saint Ferdinand des Ternes Church, Paris 17
Winner of the Chevalier Bayard competition, for Collège Stanislas, Paris
Bust of General de Gaulle, Aéroports de Paris at Roissy Charles of Gaulle
Standing work by Abbé Pierre, Abbé Pierre Foundation for Housing in Paris
The four seasons, Daniel Havis Contemporary Art Center in Saint Pierre de Varengeville
Boat of Immortality, Bibliothèque Gabriel de Broglie, Château of Bois-Héroult