WHAT MICHEL ESTADES SAYS:
Damien Colcombet’s perfectly precise and pertinent works rapidly earned him a place on the podium of French animal artists. In a recent article, the art magazine La Gazette Drouot distinguished him as one of today’s best animal sculptors.
Damien Colombet’s origin
Originally from Rennes, Damien Colcombet became a Lyonnais by adoption. His career path is unusual. Drawn to nature from an early age, he followed his father, an agricultural engineer, to farms and liked animals. After studying at Sciences Po, he joined a large international auditing firm, discovered animal sculpture, and ended up dedicating himself exclusively to art.
Thanks to his attention to detail, he reproduces the morphology and poses of his models with incredible realism. In the tradition of the great sculptors of the 19th century, he works with an artisan to apply unique patina on his bronzes. The result is surprising: his horses, cows, bison, and large African animals look alive. “I’m particularly attached to animals that are a little and unloved,” he says, “animals that nature has made less friendly, such as cassowaries, walruses, gnus. In some way, I admire their courage”.
Damien Colombet. How is work is being received
Quickly spotted by the Estades Gallery, Damien Colcombet’s work is regularly exhibited in the Gallery four locations, in Paris, Lyon, Toulon, and Baden-Baden.
He counts Alain Delon among his most enthusiastic collectors. His work received awards on numerous occasions. He was awarded the prestigious Edouard-Marcel Sandoz prize in November 2013 at the Salon des Artistes Animaliers in Bry-sur-Marne. An exhibition was dedicated to him in June 2014 in Brussels. In November 2015, he was awarded a bronze medal at the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris. On 23 September 2017, his monumental sculpture, “Giraffe et Girafon,” was inaugurated at the Parc de la Tête d’Or zoo in Lyon. Galerie Estades was a sponsor for this project acknowledging the work of this artist, whose talent was recognized from the very beginning when it organized his first solo exhibit in 2009.
Damien Colombet. His technique
Damien Colcombet is a self-taught enthusiast who completed his training by taking sculpture classes in an art studio in Lyon.
He particularly appreciates great animal artists such as Barye, Frémiet, Rosa, and Isidore Bonheur. When he sculpts, he does not use a model and has a precise vision of the animal he memorized in his readings and visits to zoos and African reserves. Sometimes, he uses pictures of animals to refine a few details, such as a look or an ear’s position. Damien himself secures the finishing touch of each piece and closely supervises the patina process. His bronzes, done in lost-wax, are limited to 12 copies.
Damien Colcombet. Price of his work
How much is a work by Damien Colcombet worth?
The worth of Damien Colcombet’s work depends on many variables.
His medium is the first thing to consider
The price range can also be a surprise. In some cases, the work of an artist like Damien Colcombet can range from a few hundred euros to several thousand euros.
Art lovers, collectors, regular buyers, or investors are then often startled by such price difference. Is it justified?
Finally, what is the price of a work by Damien Colcombet?
To assess an artwork, one must use some criteria: the artist notoriety his impact in art history, his originality, creativity, inventiveness, his recognition by his peers, by art experts, gallery owners, specialized cultural institutions, reputable auction houses, the uniqueness of the work, the creation date – some periods of an artist’s career are more valuable than others, the medium, and technique, etc.
Damien Colcombet. How to authenticate his work?
Do you own a work signed by Damien Colcombet?
The signature is the first step in its authentification. Unfortunately, “signed” and “authenticated” do not necessarily add up because a signature can be reproduced.
Many artists, like Damien Colcombet, have their signature forged. A certificate of authenticity is required to sell the work on the art market and get the best price. An expert specializing in the artists’ work or a gallery owner needs to sign the certificate of authenticity.
Damien Colcombet. Work appraisal
To determine the price of a bronze by Damien Colcombet, art experts, gallerists or auctioneers will use various criteria and the latest selling prices of similar work.
Some of the criteria are:
– The dimensions of the work. Logically, the larger the work, the more expensive it is. It explains why smaller works such as lithographs are more affordable. “monumental” sculptures can be considerably more expensive.
– His theme. Some artists have a favorite theme that contributes to their artistic identity. These works will be more sought after by buyers.
– His medium. For example, oil on canvas is more expensive than print. The price of a sculpture can vary depending on the material, wood, bronze, glass. The cost of the raw material has an impact on its value.
- Its rareness. Is it a unique work in the course of the artist’s career? Does it belong to a lot or a series?
- Its condition.
- His signature.
Did the artist sign the work?
These criteria will be able to define the value of the work and the price it will likely sell.
For example, a bronze sculpture by Damien Colcombet sells between €1,500 and €35,000.
Damien Colcombet. Buy or sell his work
Several options are available if you want to buy or sell a work by Damien Colcombet
Auction sales are appreciated because they bring you the opportunity to get artworks at a competitive price. They can also be an opportunity to buy lots and series.
However, this process requires a serious commitment on your part.
Private sales between individuals allow a more personal and confidential transaction with gallery owners and real art experts.
These specialists’ expertise and tailor-made advice will help you decide on this exceptional purchase.
The Estades Gallery gives you the opportunity to acquire significant work by Damien Colcombet, whether sculptures, prints, drawings, original signed lithographs, or oils on canvas.
Beyond buying and selling art, the gallery offers to advise and guide you in investing in art, whether you are an enthusiastic amateur or a dedicated collector.
See the work of Sculptors and Monumental Art exhibited at the Estades Gallery