The secret in the stone

Daniel Renaud learned the basics of sculpting from his father, Joseph, a carpenter himself. While getting acquainted with woodworking, he one day discovered the alabaster stone through a friend of the family. The grand arrival of this new material in his father's workshop arouse the curiosity of the young Daniel who, given time, develop a true expertise in stone working. Joseph also created La Baraque, the current art gallery where Daniel Renaud exhibits his pieces and the works of other artists, both from here and from abroad.

Galerie d'art La Baraque

In the midst of the Islands summer frenzy, stepping inside La Baraque slows the pace to an almost contemplative state. The imposing alabaster pieces impress by their size and their soft profile alike. A great kindness emanates from each of Daniel Renaud's sculptures, speaking to the good heart of their creator.

A visit to Daniel's workshop, where the art happens, comes with the discovery of a complete repertoire of stones in all sizes, forms, and colours. Everywhere the eye wanders, there's a work of art to be revealed. The artist believes that the final piece is already within the stone - far from him the idea to distort it. He sees alabaster as a noble material, one that should be treated accordingly. Inspired by the shape of the stone, listening to the impression it gives, he aims at giving it a second life. 

Galerie d'art La Baraque
Galerie d'art La Baraque
Galerie d'art La Baraque
Galerie d'art La Baraque
Galerie d'art La Baraque
Galerie d'art La Baraque
Galerie d'art La Baraque

Through his work, he hopes to showcase the history, the subtleties and the richness of each block. Some of his pieces instinctively draw on nature while others are precisely determined by the stone itself - each one is unique.

The stone also reminds him of the peacefulness of the Magdalen Islands. Even during the peak season, there's something here that calms the mind, a softness echoed in his work.

Daniel says he hopes to give enough life to his sculptures so they could settle and be at ease in people's everyday life. Nothing flashy, nothing loud; he'd rather create art that introduces pleasure, respect and emotion. Meet the sculptor - you'll get to know the warm and generous man inspired by nature and by the people who crossed his path.

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