Denis Chetboune’s ragged and torn characters play with artistic conventions, inviting us into a bizarre world that is both contemporary and timeless. His beautifully-balanced sculptures resonate with the onlooker, inviting them on an intimate journey.


Denis Chetboune. His childhood

Denis Chetboune is a self-proclaimed autodidact. His childhood in Africa and his numerous travels developed his propensity to wander and detect by loitering: “Never ask anyone for direction; you will never get lost.” From the museums he haunts to the masters who inspired him, he mostly learned to unlearn. His constant wandering has raised many questions about the man and his destiny. His sculptures answer the question. He created them to engage in a dialogue with the viewer freely. As a sculptor, he works with media and techniques that allow multiples. However, most often, he only produces unique pieces.

He works directly with the wax, and bypassing the molding stage, avoids any possibility of duplication. His waxes are fragments that compose the final work. He then softens them to remove the tension. The nature of the medium itself commands the final piece and its extraordinary dynamism.

Denis Chetboune. The artists’ style

Ultimately, his artworks seem to be carried by an irresistible impulse whose origin and destination depend solely on the viewer’s imagination.

The discontinuity of the forms allows us to gaze and articulate the different volumes in which the work evolves. The different pieces are assembled, rearranged, and then welded together. Denis Chetboune allows us to see simultaneously the inner space and the external space in which it evolves. He represents figures, riders, and horses. His sculptures are chiseled, ghostly. The twisted bodies he brings to our gaze stab our soul.

Denis Chetboune. His inspiration

It is indeed men’s fragility we are talking about. Denis Chetboune’s works are both tender and cruel but always human. It is not so much the tears that matter as what they induce, emptiness, loss, absence. It is a pretense to invite the viewer to see differently.

Thus, the artist allows us to simultaneously see the inner space delimited by the “skin” of the characters or objects, and the “external” space in which it is inscribed, The disturbance it creates, because of its “displacement”.

The former makes the latter disappear. Moreover, the initial impulse has thus superimposed the representation of its trajectory.

The writer Jacques Serena wrote: “His sculptures because they are contemporary, are deadly serious.” The artist received several awards, including the second prize and the first prize for sculpture from the National Society of Fine Arts in 2010.

His work is in the Estades Gallery collection since 2016. It is on display in the Gallery four locations in Paris, Lyon, Toulon, and Baden-Baden.

Denis Chetboune. His artwork’s price

How much is a work by Denis Chetboune worth?

The worth of Denis Chetboune’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 such as Denis Chetboune 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, how much cost a work by contemporary artist Denis Chetboune?
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.

Denis Chetboune. Work appraisal

To determine the price of a bronze sculpture by Denis Chetboune, 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 Denis Chetboune sells between €1,500 and €45,000.

Denis Chetboune? Buy or sell a work by Denis Chetboune.

Several options are available if you want to buy or sell a work by Denis Chetboune.
Auction sales are appreciated because they bring you the opportunity to get artwork at a competitive price. They can also be an opportunity to buy lots or 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 Denis Chetboune.
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.

Denis Chetboune. Authentification of his work

Do you own a work signed by Denis Chetboune?
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.

See some examples of works by Denis CHETBOUNE available for sale
See the work of Sculptors and Monumental Art exhibited at the Estades Gallery
Born 1955

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