nez de boxeur, 2013
Born in 1986 in the Finistère region of France, Jean-Marie Appriou?s oeuvre brings together a taste for popular handicrafts from Brittany and references from pop culture and art history (Renaissance painting and medieval sculpture). He has no fear of traditional or unusual techniques and excels in crafting reputedly difficult materials such as ceramic, cast iron ? for a solo show at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris in 2014 ? or tanned skins. His art involves the unashamed assembly of elements such as stoneware, pretzels and rabbit fur and borders on caricature (think Rabelais) or parody (coloured marble made to resemble a slice of salami). His work has been exhibited collectively (Montrouge Salon in 2012, the final of the Prix Science Po in 2013, Parc Saint-Léger in 2015) as well as in solo exhibitions (Edouard Manet Gallery, 2013). Beaux-arts magazine proclaimed him ? one of the top-ten of tomorrow?s artists?.