The MB&F M.A.D.Gallery proudly presents ‘Sequential’, a fleet of seductive automobiles by French artist Antoine Dufilho.
After studying architecture and medicine, Antoine Dufilho’s passion for art and automobiles led him to an enterprising new career in sculpture. He is surrounded by a close family filled with diverse and creative talents such as architecture, painting, and sculpting. His father is a surgeon and his great uncle is Jacques Dufilho, a famous French comedian, and producer. “During my childhood, the summers at my grandfather's house were largely devoted to making sculptures from clay harvested from the dread of his farm,” remembers Dufilho. It is not surprising Dufilho eventually found his knack in art.
Adoration for Automobiles.
In the same way his adoration for automobiles stems from family, “I come from a family of car lovers, starting with my grandfather and my great- uncle, an owner of a Bugatti Grand Prix, who passed on their love of automobiles to my father, a collector himself, he naturally transmitted the same passion to me,”
Dufilho created his first work, a rendition of the Bugatti Grand Prix, for his father’s birthday, in turn, opening many doors in the world of art and sculpture to him. Today his work can be found at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Dufilho approaches it all in modesty, “My goal is not to work on a single subject, especially since I am still in the process of experimenting and discovering what can exist and be done.” His biggest challenge is in front of him, an ambitious project to construct a Bugatti Atlantic with aluminum plates to the exact size as the original.
Sequential is an avant-garde exhibit of eight automotive works by the talented French sculptor Antoine Dufilho. In this collection, Dufilho merges his passion for cars with principles from his studies in medicine and architecture, creating modern sculptures accentuating the classic curves of coveted automobiles. As avid car aficionados at the MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, we invite fellow enthusiasts to take a spin through the Sequential exhibit to discover the allure of this intricate automotive art. Dufilho selects the crème de la crème of icon models when it comes to cars for the Sequential exhibit. The collection includes an enviable line-up of eight famed automobiles, from a Ferrari 250 GTO and Bugatti Atlantic to a Mercedes W196 Streamliner, scaled- down and transformed into impressive artistic renditions. “This sequenced representation provides a kinetic effect as the observer views the piece from different perspectives causing the sensation of a static object in movement. The dynamic effect is accentuated by alternating symmetries and asymmetries proving the feel of acceleration or deceleration,” explains Dufilho. Perhaps one of the most important models in the history of Bugatti, sold from March 1934 to May 1940, is the Bugatti Type 57S Atlantic. Dufilho constructs a sexy silhouette of the iconic automobile with polished finished stainless steel plates and bronze wheels, parked on a polished aluminum base. The sculpture measures approximately 76 cm in length and 20 cm tall with a width of 33 cm and is limited to ten pieces in addition to two artist editions.
During his medical studies, he was drawn to anatomy and the complex structures that are essentially hidden by skin while his architectural education taught him technical skills, introduced him to the history of art, and a new way of thinking. “Combining these two schools of thought has allowed me to develop a new structural approach, including the framework (skeleton) that can be hidden by a "skin" an enhancement, forming an aesthetic and dynamic meshing that strengthens the architectural intentions,” as Dufilho describes. Working completely out of his workshop, constructed with shipping containers and situated in the Northern part of France in a town named Quesnoy-sur-Deule, Dufilho manually builds each masterpiece by hand. Over time the studio has grown into a playground for his artistic inventions and is equipped with all the necessary machinery from an assortment of belt sanders with a sanding cabin and industrial polisher to a painting booth, manual lathe, industrial hand the milling machine and every type of the welding machine imaginable. Using local resources, Dufilho incorporates materials such as metals, wood, resin, and paint from vendors within a 30 km radius of his studio for his projects. The only work he subcontracts is the laser cutting of the metal plates and the remaining artisanship is completed by the talented hands of the artist himself. Dufilho shares, “The material that I use the most is metal because it is an element that allows me a freedom to add or subtract, unlike wood. Metal also has the advantage of being eternal, unlike composite materials.” He continues, “Wood remains the most pleasant material to work with and brings interesting natural colors and designs while it is also still present in automobiles today.”