Training and career
At a very early age, Daniel's creative drive led him to develop his knowledge of art. He studied drawing, painting, watercolour and bas relief sculpture. A few years later, he discovered his artistic niche in alabaster. The sawdust and wood chips in his father's shop were soon mixed with stone dust. Through successive exhibitions, he has consistently achieved renown for his magical ability to conjure up the soul of these enchanting islands.
His work and his art
Alabaster from the Magdalen Islands is famous for its wide range of colours and is truly the source of this artist's creativity. The local stone is more colourful and opaque than its Italian relative, and is found nowhere else.
As he carefully works on a sculpture, the artist listens closely to what the stone tells him. It speaks to him about lines, currents and tides. Without pretence but with great conviction, rarely striking off large chips, he gently removes successive layers of stone dust to bring his work into the light.
Daniel Renaud remains an abiding presence in his work, which is a blend of figurative and stylized technique. As he strives for simplicity, the artist surprises us with the richness of his creations and presents us with treasures the sea has hidden in stone.
At La Galerie d'art Au P'tit Bonheur