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Philippe Bousquet is a multidisciplinary artist and designer from France, who has been living in Johannesburg since 2004. He is known for his intricately constructed jewel-like sculptures and poetic assemblages incorporating found objects, but his talents extend to painting, ceramics and photography, and he moves freely between them all. 

Born in Marseille in 1964Philippe graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Marseille in Luminy in 1989 and practised as an architect for seven years. He left the profession in 199with a desire to return to hands-on making and taught himself silversmithing, exhibiting in contemporary jewellery galleries in France and attracting significant national recognition. In parallel with the jewellery, he began making sculptures in silver and gradually transitioned towards working as an artist full-time. 

Philippe is an inveterate observer, thinking deeply and critically about the world around him. After relocating to South Africa, he moved away from working with precious metals, opting instead for found objects and the language of assemblage art. He began making toy-like sculptures, lamps and small pieces of furniture from scrap metal sourced from factories, junk shops and antique dealers, often with no welding or new components. The humour and simplicity of the works struck a chord with people when they were exhibited at Design Indaba Expo in 2008 and 2010. 

With an expert eye and through the clever orchestration of disparate parts, Philippe’s assemblage works have evolved into elliptical poetic tableau. His 2017 solo show at Southern GuildBetween Dusk and Dawn, brought together over 100 thought-provoking paintings and sculptures made from salvaged elements – both precious and junk – combined with pieces he created himself in ceramic and bronze. His current work veers towards abstraction, which he believes is the purest way to embody the idea or act of creation.  

Philippe has taken part in various group and solo shows around the country and his work has been bought by private collectors in the United States, Australia, France, Germany, England, Japan, Honk Kong, Belgium and Switzerland.  

Philippe Bousquet
In the Morning of the Second Day Table

Bronze, brass, steel, copper, reclaimed ivory, semi-precious stones
76 x 60 x 47 cm (61 cm with chess pieces)
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Philippe Bousquet
In the Morning of the Second Day Table

Bronze, brass, steel, copper, reclaimed ivory, semi-precious stones
76 x 60 x 47 cm (61 cm with chess pieces)
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Philippe Bousquet
The Spirit of the Forest

Bronze, mild steel
70 x 70 x 49 cm (table without chess pieces). Tallest chess piece is 20cm in height
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Philippe Bousquet
The Spirit of the Forest

Bronze, mild steel
70 x 70 x 49 cm (table without chess pieces). Tallest chess piece is 20cm in height
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Philippe Bousquet
Secret I

Glazed ceramic, shipwrecked metal, pearl, copper
33 x 11 x 31 cm
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Philippe Bousquet
Secret I

Glazed ceramic, shipwrecked metal, pearl, copper
33 x 11 x 31 cm
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Philippe Bousquet
Secret II

Glazed ceramic, copper, silver, garnet, metal
16 x 10 x 38 cm
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Philippe Bousquet
Secret II

Glazed ceramic, copper, silver, garnet, metal
16 x 10 x 38 cm
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Philippe Bousquet
Secret III

Glazed ceramic, quartz, silver, copper, emeral, pearl
18 x 15 x 32 cm
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Philippe Bousquet
Secret III

Glazed ceramic, quartz, silver, copper, emeral, pearl
18 x 15 x 32 cm
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Philippe Bousquet
Evolution

Bronze, copper, sterling silver, copper bullet, pearls, garnet
14.5 x 14.5 x 30.5 cm
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Philippe Bousquet
Evolution

Bronze, copper, sterling silver, copper bullet, pearls, garnet
14.5 x 14.5 x 30.5 cm
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Philippe Bousquet
A Place Far Away

Bronze, metal, copper
56 x 40 x 85 cm
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Philippe Bousquet
A Place Far Away

Bronze, metal, copper
56 x 40 x 85 cm
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Philippe Bousquet
Around and Around

Metal, wood, paint
H60 cm
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Philippe Bousquet
Around and Around

Metal, wood, paint
H60 cm
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Philippe Bousquet
Around the Star

Steel, brass, copper, wood, mother of pearl, doll’s head
30cm
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Philippe Bousquet
Around the Star

Steel, brass, copper, wood, mother of pearl, doll’s head
30cm
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Philippe Bousquet
At Heart

Stone, metal, wood, bronze
65 x 17 x 60 cm
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Philippe Bousquet
At Heart

Stone, metal, wood, bronze
65 x 17 x 60 cm
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Philippe Bousquet
Born Among the Stars

Brass, bronze, metal, porcelain, glass
H328cm
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Philippe Bousquet
Born Among the Stars

Brass, bronze, metal, porcelain, glass
H328cm
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Philippe Bousquet
Bull

Wood, metal, copper
50 x 14 x 32 cm
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Philippe Bousquet
Bull

Wood, metal, copper
50 x 14 x 32 cm
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