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Etienne Rayssac Making wood blossom … By Emilie FISCHER
Passionate about texture, the fine and delicate details of wood, he found the ideal material in which to express his creativity Rayssac sensually draws shapes out of wood with hisold-fashioned tools, he enters exceptional sites and perpetuates age-old-gestures, the fruit of a decade’s apprenticeship in the craft. Be it mending the wounds of time on historicalmonuments, imagining stunning decors for luxury boutiques or creating unique works of art, for the past thirty years, Etienne Rayssac has been living a fulfilled life in his workshop, rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine in Paris
In love with sculpture, he studied at the Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, took a modelling course at the Ecole Boulle and a model sketching course at La Grande Chaumière Paris. He spent many years inapprenticeship at the Atelier Fancelli Père: “I was trained in a workshop that is employed by historical monuments, historical decors. You had to have studied many things in castles, palaces and Town Houses, observing them in their original setting and in the workshop. To master a craft that has many hidden facets, I always say that you must have seen, watched it being done and done it yourself.” This craft only unveils its secrets after a decade of practice: “then, only, do you begin to understand, After fifteen years you become proficient ”.
Skill in sketching, sculpting, wax sculpture, all of this, based on knowledge of styles, of wood and of eras are essential. It opens up a world of possibilities for the artist, playing with tradition and contemporary styles, fitting from one era to another.
Rayssac leaves an invisible mark on historical monuments. Renovating woodwork in the Chambre de la Reine in the Chateau de Versailles, in the Musée Rodin, sculpting carriage doors from Place Vendome among other historical projects throughout his carreer.
“I have profound respect for these extraordinary sites. I am honoured, even though I am never alone, but work with others. Even back then, there were very high standards, both head and hands become permeated with this expertise, diving into another world
With his talent, the craftsman catches a glimpse of new ideas, creating contemporary pieces for architects, interior designers, private individuals… even the fashion world has heard of Etienne Rayssac. Creating bas relief and wall décor for the boutiques of the greatest luxury brands, including “ L’Envolée for Guerlain “ in 2014. A unique and contemporary work of art, celebrating the 160th anniversary of the famous “Flacon aux Abeilles”
“ Whatever the final piece, the profession of sculpting ornaments is based on the knowledge of style, sketching and composition. Being an ornamental sculptor is not practicing only one profession, but many”
Maître d’Art since 2008, Etienne Rayssac satisfies his creative desires by creating coffee tables, lights, the famous “Miroir Lune” and a collection of animal sculptures in a variety of materials. Etienne Rayssac takes pleasure in changing styles, at ease on paper as much as in three dimension.Written by Emilie FISHER – Entre LUXE ET PRESTIGE , Chief editor Yvan Besermenji