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Yannick Duhamel

Guest of Art Shopping 2020

Through his sculptures essentially made up of vinyl records borrowed from an elegant vintage nostalgia, Duhamel pays homage to the golden age of the record and to the great figures of popular culture who have always inspired and made him vibrate. Duhamel's current success owes it to having known how to “shift the lines between the arts” by making his sculptures in particular connected works, both visual and sound. Hymns to the planetary icons of music and cinema, ultimate symbols of dematerialization and the death of the record, of which in the end, only the notes, the aura and the magic of the essential figures of these two arts will remain. The path that led Duhamel to become a sculptor is unique.

Young younger of three boys, a guitar still in his hands, Duhamel grew up in Normandy facing England, secretly feeding on the Anglo-Saxon vinyls of his two elder brothers - until the stage and his own concerts invite him to take to the road to discover the world. Chaining albums and tours in France, Belgium, Canada and as far as Australia, Duhamel made music his profession for more than fifteen years, only to rediscover himself through sculpture.

He found through the form, the clear and the dark, the lost inspiration; the legacy of a fifth album aborted six years earlier at Universal Music. As Joe Strummer, frontman of The Clash, said, "Everyone has to realize that they don't have to hang on to the past if they want to have any future." Duhamel is the best example.