Sculptor Laury Dizengremel signs all her works with the initials ALD (for Anne-Laure Dizengremel) - click here to return to the HOME PAGE   About the Artist:
Welcome to the timeless yet contemporary world of sculpture.... Sculpture is my passion!

The artist and her award-winning "Face" sculpture


I'm 57 years old (born in Paris in 1954) - and see myself as a jack of all trades: former dancer, former translator, professional sculptor of course, and sculpture teacher, but also mother, dog lover, poet, occasional photographer, songwriter, web designer, concerned "world citizen" working on a number of community art projects, for a recent example see Log Henge and a different, earlier  Arte Para Todos project I contributed to, organised by the United Nations of Honduras.
Jean Jaures - Town commission inaugurated by Mr. Mitterrand, Méru, France
A bit of a puzzle to some perhaps (accent-wise) in that I grew up as a world citizen (first few months in France, then 6 years in the US, then back to France for 11 years, then back in the US for 8 years, then back to France for 3 years, then England for the last 22 years..., a stay in Montana... and now in England again, with forays to many other places throughout. My mother was Dutch (raised in Indonesia), my father is French (born in Japan and raised in Greece). Both of their backgrounds influenced my life and my education - academic and otherwise - tremendously.

I now have working studios in China and the UK (as artist-in-residence for Belvoir Castle & Estate on the Lincolnshire/Leicestershire border), plus access to other studios in Canada and the USA, and I undertake regular public commissions in Ireland and other countries around the world. While you can see samples of existing sculptures I have for sale (original and limited edition work) as well as previous commissions elsewhere in this site by clicking on headings below, in this page I've concentrated on presenting my curriculum vitae (or resumé) and on explaining what makes me tick, the projects I'm working on, etc.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • BEPC, Lycée International, Saint-Germain en Laye, France, 1969
  • Baccalauréat (philosophy and languages major), Cours Vauvenargues, Paris, France, 1972
  • Sculpture and Foundry studies (clay modeling, wood and stone carving, plaster and bronze casting), Venice Sculpture Studio (under Martine Vaugel), California, USA, 1975-1982
  • Graphic Design studies, Art Bureau, Los Angeles, California, 1981-1983
  • Sculpture course, Atelier de Métal, Beaux-Arts, Paris, France, 1984-1986
  • Web Design & Internet Marketing studies & projects 1998 - 1999 - 2000
  • Numerous PR, Marketing and Communication workshops
  • Awarded Master of Fine Art International Practice degree (and Post-Graduate degree in Fine Art) from University College of the Creative Arts (UCCA, formerly KIAD or Kent Institute of Art & Design), Canterbury, England, 2006. See MFA pages (which need bringing up to date!) and Artist of the Silk Road monumental trio of sculptures

PRINCIPAL SHOWS, AWARDS, MONUMENTAL SCULPTURES

  • International Art Academy of Los Angeles Exhibit, 1979 - Awarded Jury's Selection Prize
  • Muse and Friends Retrospective Show, Tillard, France, 1984
  • Salon du Printemps, Association Nationale des Artistes Français, April 1985
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France,1986 - Awarded Prix de Portrait Paul Louis Weiller
  • Saint Hill European Arts Festival 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003
  • Chelsea Arts Society Exhibition, London, England, 1992, 1993, 1994 - Sculpture Award 1992
  • Brighton Marina Exhibition, England, 1994
  • Worthing Museum, England, June-September 1995
  • The Grange Museum, Rottingdean, England, 1996
  • Chequer Mead Arts Centre, East Grinstead, England, 1997
  • Opum Magnus Gallery, March-August 1998
  • Isaac Hayes Tribute Event, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1998
  • Gallery International - 1st Spring Show, East Grinstead, England, 1999
  • RAC Sponsored Autumn Show - East Grinstead, England, 1999
  • China Changchun International Sculpture Symposium 2001 July-September 2001
    See pics of "East Meets West" - the monumental sculpture created at the Symposium plus some pics of China! Also read an article in the China Daily online
  • Harbin China Snow Sculpture Symposium 2001 December 2001)
    Team of 3: Chinese sculptors Zhang Yaxi and Bai Yuliang plus Laury Dizengremel participated in this symposium and won 3rd prize!
  • Faces of China Show within Carl Roehrig's Studio Show 21 September 2002, Hamburg, Germany Two person show
  • The Waitrose Gallery 1-31 March 2003, Western Road, Brighton
    Faces of China Solo Exhibition - click here for overall pictures or here for details and prices
  • A-Gallery 8 -14 June 2003, Merton Hall Road, Wimbledon, London - Click here to see my monumental mixed media installation entitled: "Dream Catcher Tribe: Guardians of My Soul"
  • "L'Eté des Sculpteurs" an exhibition of sculpture, 21 June-21 September, Chateau de Bois Guilbert, France
  • International Sculpture Symposium, An Giang Vietnam 2003 , Nui Sam, An Giang Province - click here for pics
  • International Sculpture Symposium, Hue Vietnam 2004, along the bank of the Perfume River in the ancient imperial city of Hue - click here for pic of "Maze of Love & Friendship" or here for "Boat People" steel sculpture.
  • Arte Para Todos 2004 Tegucigalpa, Honduras - an event sponsored by the United Nations Development Team and the First Lady of Honduras - click here for pics
  • Future Hope in HSBC London Headquarters 2005 - a group exhibition and auction in April 2005, in the Canary Wharf HSBC building, to benefit Future Hope, an Indian foundation helping children in Calcutta.
  • South East Open Studios (SEOS), Kent, England, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • 1st International Sculpture Festival of Kunming, 2005. Click here for pics of "Tsunami Memorial" in concrete and bronze.
  • "Visual Artists for Human Rights" exhibition, Westwood Gallery, Manhattan - United Nations Human Rights Summit, New York, USA, August 2006
  • "Conversations" - Master of Fine Art International Practice degree exhibition, University College of the Creative Arts, Canterbury, Kent, 8-14 September 2006. See Artist Statement, also Artists of the Silk Road Series, as well as making the monumental Artists of the Silk Road trio and Artists of the Silk Road in Devon
  • Canterbury Festival UCCA Showcase, Canterbury, Kent, October, 2006
  • Johnson Art Collection gallery, Visual Artists for Human Rights show, Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California, October-November 2006
  • "Art & Soul" - group exhibition with approx. 30 other artists in each edition, along with Anthony Gormley in 2006  and  Damien Hirst in 2007, in support of Demelza (Hospice Care for Children) Rhapsody House Gallery, Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, October 2006 and 2007. 
  • Visual Roots - BBC Brighton Headquarters (Lead Artist) - 28 April - 30 June 2007
  • Beltane Gallery presents "Laury Dizengremel", March - June 2007
  • Spring 2008 Sculpture Show - Broomhill Sculpture Park (North Devon Festival), Muddiford, Devon (exhibtion still ONGOING)
  • Winter 2008-2009 - Dana Gallery, Missoula, Montana
  • February 2009 - Wine & Chocolate Art Exhibition, Seeley Lake, Montana, USA (awarded 1st prize by Kay Grissom Kiely, co-curator Montana Museum of Art & Culture)
  • May 2010 - Loon & Fish Art Exhibition
  • September 2010 completion of large-scale outdoor sculpture installation entitled Log Henge - Spirits of the Forest, in Seeley Lake, Montana
  • 2011 saw the completion of Belvoir Wood Henge and a 2012 sculpture - both collaborative works involving dozens of primary and secondary school pupils in Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.

PRINCIPAL PRIVATE ART COLLECTORS

  • Dr. Berman, Culver City Obstetrics, California, USA
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Wilkens, Toronto, Canada
  • Ms. Laurel Koftinov, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Mr. Ian Krieger, Venice, California, USA
  • Dr. Philippe Remy, Paris, France
  • Arthur Hubbard, West Hollywood, California
  • Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Caplin, Beverly Hills, California, USA
  • Dr. Owen Dennis, Vice President Chiropractic Association, Dublin, Ireland
  • Mr. Oliver Richardson, New York, USA
  • Mr. and Mrs. Brett Stevens, Dublin, Ireland
  • Cathy & Steven Bird / Liz Bailey Family, Forest Row, East Sussex, England
  • Mr. and Mrs. Martin Ostertag, Stuttgart, Germany,
  • Mr. Peter Schouten, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Mr. and Mrs. Alastair Gordon, Felbridge, West Susssex, England
  • Mr. and Mrs. Nigel Ridpath, Horsham, West Sussex, England
  • Mrs. Margaret Lomas née Luxmore, Devon, England
  • Mr. Jason Ellis, Gibraltar
  • Mr and Mrs Robin Ellis, London, England
  • Mr and Mrs Adrian Whicheloe, Bristol, England
  • Mr and Mrs Scott Smith, Charlotte, North Carolina - USA see Portrait of "Cooper" Labrador Retriever
  • Mr. John Caudwell, Stoke, England
  • Mr. and Mrs Greg Cassar, Hartfield, Sussex, England
  • Mr. and Mrs Reginald Webb, England
  • Mr and Mrs James Martino, Oakton, Virginia, USA
  • Mr and Mrs Jensen, Wimbledon, England
  • Mr and Mrs Marc Bailey, Surrey, England
  • Mr and Mrs Walter Conkling , Colorado, USA
  • Mr and Mrs Nigel Hopes, Berkshire, England

PRINCIPAL CORPORATE, PUBLIC & MUSEUMS COLLECTORS


CURRENT OR RECENT PROJECTS
Working on Tennis player Roger Federer as Terracotta Warrior

Currently... started out end of October 2010 as artist-in-residence at Belvoir Castle & Estate for the Duchess of Rutland. This is still on-going. I lectured in 15 schools in the East Midlands and organized a sculpture symposium which resulted in a new 3Rs: Recycled, Reclaimed, Raw sculpture trail (see video on this page).

In this context I also have a new  Wordpress blog: http://belvoirartist.wordpress.com/ which you may find interesting.

In September 2010, my new Log Henge - Spirits of the Forest wood sculpture installation was unveiled in Seeley Lake, Montana (USA)

A few years ago I executed a series of sculptures for a corporate client such as the Tennis Terra Cotta Warriors for ATP Tennis and the Tennis Master Cup in Shanghai (see picture above) and also  finished another of my Artists of the Silk Road sculpture series following on from the context of a Masters of Fine Art International Practice degree course completed at the University College of the Arts at Canterbury in Kent (England) in September 2006 (see picture below)..

Artists of the Silk Road - installation of 100 figures on sand - click for more details


OTHER PROJECTS, PAST or IN PROGRESS

China - 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2008:Projects in China following the successful China Changchun International Sculpture Symposium included attending the International Sculpture Convention 2003 as the leader of the European Delegation. See also one of my most recent projects, a large-scale outdoor sculpture being created at the 1st International Sculpture Festival of Kunming, China 2005, entitled "Tsunami Memorial".

See new sculpture designs here - these are awaiting a generous collector's fancy or an urban commission and show the direction some of my work is taking!

The 20 Heads of the Year 2000  

"20 Heads of the Year 2000", now a project moving towards 2020....
Completed "Heads": John Travolta, Isaac Hayes and Chick Corea all sat for their sculpture portraits. Anyone interested in helping establish contact with other inspiring figures, please e-mail me.

"Faces" column: This is a column I'm working directly in plaster (actually Kermaplast) and integrating faces cast from moulds of earlier commissions or pieces, over an armature made from a wide metal pipe and wire mesh. The possibilities for the final medium are tremendous (I may cast it in bronze, or concrete or glass) and I'm finding it formidably challenging and exciting!

I'm hoping to interest the interior design market in it . This column can be used as a stand-alone piece of artwork, or it could be used as a functional piece: as a plant-stand, artwork you place your pile of CDs on, etc....

Masters of Fine Art International Practice degree course: Started this in October 2004 and graduated in September 2006. The final award ceremony was in Canterbury in July 2007.

Poster for lecture at North East Normal University in Changchun  

LECTURING

During the WINTER (2001-2002) I was invited to do a lecture tour in China as a professional sculptor (the poster on the left was designed by Jian Dian Kun, head of the computer design team for North East Normal University in Changchun, Jilin Province, China).

I lectured in Changchun (Jilin Province), Harbin (Heilongjiang Province) and Dalian (Liaoning Province) to the fine art and design students of 4 different universities. I also delivered further lectures in Kunming (Yunnan Province) in 2005, and in Chongqing (formerly Sichuan Province) and Chengdu on numerous occasions between 2004 and 2009.

     
     
 

TEACHING

I started teaching a very small selection of pupils from Greenfields School in Sussex at GCSE and A level in 1995 in my own studio. Since then I took 2 to 4 students almost every year for at least one term through a sculpture module for their A levels, again in my own studio. I've also taught a one-week summer workshop at Greenfields with students aged 10 to 70! And I'm always happy to give sculpture instruction to friends or scupture students when asked. Teaching opened up a whole new realm of understanding of sculpture for me and I love it. I am confident I can teach anyone the basics of portrait or figure sculpture and always welcome questions or enquiries. To the left is the second sculpture ever produced by one of my students, Clemency Scarfe-Beckett.

     
Terra cotta busts (commissions of bronzes - these are my clay originals)    

PERSONAL MILESTONES (in no particular order)

- Having President Mitterrand inaugurate my sculpture of Jean Jaurès (picture at top of page) in a town square in France
- Discovering the delightful poetry of Paul Geraldy, (discovering poetry per se...)
- Getting a letter from the Irish tax office in Dublin Castle telling me that my work was dubbed "of cultural merit", so I could avail myself of the special tax status when I take up permanent residence in Ireland (one of these days...)
- Climbing a volcano on the island of Maui with my small son Ilya on my back (the colours of the sky...)
- Drinking my first glass of vodka at age 13 in Moscow (still behind the iron curtain at that time) on a school trip from France - vodka is not my favourite but the memory still lingers filled with balalaika tunes
- Finding many of the spiritual and practical every-day-life answers I sought in the works of various philosophers including Cicero and Hubbard

- Sunrise through the forest, being driven home 3 hours after delivering my daughter Sophie and looking at her perfect face
- Attending a live art performance in Venice, California and turning round to find Dustin Hoffman perched on a radiator right behind me (I remember him, but can't remember the live art...)
- Meeting Isaac Hayes (and Rev. Alfreddie Johnson) for the first time, when we agreed Isaac would be my first "Head" in the context of the "20 Heads of the Year 2000
" project... the sense of having my dreams totally understood
- Finally having the homebirth I'd always wanted: the result was Chloë or warmth, laughter and talent personified
- Working on John Travolta's portrait in clay for the "20 Heads" project on  twice 3 hours of sleep in 3 days... (gee, though, having him pose for me was such an honour!) And then just a few months ago meeting Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and  so many other tennis top players - not knowing who would be the final 8 for the Tennis Master Cup Shanghai til the last moment, making those big tennis Terra Cotta Warriors sculptures - that was beyond the beyond cool!!!!!
- Editing the
"Aeon" poetry anthology with Ed Long - I was obsessed with the work in a positive way and had such a great sense of accomplishment
- Seeing the pour for my first piece being cast in bronze... the incandescent light, the heat!
- Tossing 3 inches of hair (my hair had just been cut) to the side while whispering to A...
- Singing in public for the first time thanks to the insistence of singer Gloria Rusch. Singing again with the help of Graham Todd. Both of you are no longer alive, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Actually, there are so many milestones. Sometimes it also feels like there have been different lives within this lifetime already (living in so many different places, each with its own set of friends and aquaintances, and yet retaining the continuity of people I've known throughout).

If you want to know more about me, see my monumental sculptures or sculptures available now and some previous portrait and bust commissions, including Isaac Hayes, Chick Corea and John Travolta (for charity). Also read some of my poetry if poetry is your thing. And if you're after a romantic 8th Wedding Anniversary or 19th Wedding Anniversary gift with the appropriate bronze theme - click here.

"La sculpture se fait comme une embrassade - a deux mains - comme l'amour." MAX ERNST 1960

which roughly translates to:

"Sculpture should be created the same way you hug somebody, the same way you make love - with both hands." MAX ERNST 1960


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