Eric Tardif's passion for wild birds, their natural elegance and gracious movement combined with his love and understanding of First Nations art became the inspiration for his creativity.
By using steam, he forms walnut, Canadian maple, ash, cherry and elm. giving life to birds in movement. The choice of wood adds touches that are sometimes voluptuous, sometimes solemn.
From his passion for nature in all its wild vastness comes gracious shapes crystallized by the artist in all their intimacy and immortalized in their movement. The treatment of the wood by the artist becomes the singular expression of his untamed spirit.
"I am intrigued by the expressive possibilities of wood. For 15 years I’ve used a non-traditional steam bending technique to arrive at a singular form of expression for the elegant and graceful movement and form of birds. But the figure is for me only a starting point and it cannot fully communicate my vision without the evocative impressions of abstraction. As a metaphor, sculpting becomes as much a manner of capturing the flight of birds as it is of representing the bird itself. However, through research and development of a technique increasingly refined by the choice of a wood, my work remains in a state of perpetual artistic migration."
NEW WORK BY ERIC TARDIF CURRENTLY BEING PHOTOGRAPED.
PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON OR CONTACT THE GALLERY.
Heron Toward the Sky - SOLD
Fly Away - SOLD
Firebird - SOLD
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