Drawing Biennial 2017

Exhibition & online fundraising auction of over 200 unique works on paper

Exhibition: 2 March – 26 April · Auction: 12 April 10am – 26 April 9pm


Nicolas Deshayes

Camel Cradles Swan

Top Pick

artist Caroline Achaintre; Christopher Le Brun, artist and President of the Royal Academy; actor Russell Tovey

Year 2017
Medium Gouache and pencil on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm
Bidding Open Wed 12 April, 2017 at 10:00am
Bidding Ended Tue 26 March, 2019 at 9:30pm

Nicolas Deshayes:

Born 1983 Nancy, Nicolas Deshayes lives and works in Dover. Graduated from BA Fine Art Chelsea College of Art and Design (2005), and MA Sculpture at the Royal College of Art (2009).

Deshayes makes sculpture from a wide range of industrial processes and materials such as cast iron, factory ceramics and vitreous enamel. Drawing on the history and temperature of these processes he explores the relationship between industrialisation and the human body, by pitting materials that are usually used for sanitation, medical or civic situations against the malleability of being human.

Selected solo exhibitions include Hot Springs, E-Werk fur Kunstrom, Luckenwalde (2019); Nicolas Deshayes at the Pleasure Gardens, Pump House Gallery, London (2018); Thames Water, Modern Art, London (2016); Images Moving Out Onto Space, Tate, St Ives (2015); Darling, Gutter., Glasgow Sculpture Studios (2015); and Crude Oil, S1 Artspace, Sheffield (2013). Selected group exhibitions include 58th October Salon, Belgrade Biennial (2020); London Art Now, curated by Norman Rosenthal, Ca'Pesaro, Venice (2019); NOI, Museoin, Bolzano (2019); Le Paradoxe de L’iceberg, FRAC Ile de France, Chateau de Rentilly, Bussy-Saint-Martin (2018); Tubologie: Nos Vies Dans Les Tubes, FRAC Grand Large, Dunkirk (2018); British Art Show 8, Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2016); Inhuman, Fridericianum, Kassel (2015); British Art Show 8, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds (2015); and Pool, Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2014).