Claude Roux has always loved to draw and she discovered clay in high school. She studied art history in Toulouse, and worked in graphic design and fashion photography. Her artistic career developed full time after she moved to Peyriac-de-Mer in the Southwest of France. She continues to sculpt and draw and shows her work in various galleries, chapels, and chateaux in France. Her solo exhibition, "La Vie" at Sculpturesite Gallery, is Roux’s first exhibition in the US.
Claude Roux lives and works in Peyriac-de-Mer, a small village bordering a lovely lagoon in the Southwest of France. Roux is foremost a creator of sculptures and drawings, but she is also an author of complex human characters who live full lives. Her depiction of men, women, and children, nude or clothed, is profoundly humanist. There is no judgement, no admonition. Roux has no patience for trendy, unrealistically slim figures. Her “people” are of the earth, undeniably alive, and formed by tangible life experiences that we can each personally recognize or project as we please. They are strong, vulnerable, imperfect, playful, serious, contemplative. When she was a child, Roux was fascinated by old people she would meet, wanting to touch their large ears, which she found beautiful. As an artist, she has created her own “beautiful”.
The rich textural qualities of the stoneware Roux favors add depth, both visually and conceptually. Roux’s refusal to smooth and polish the surfaces, her delight in leaving details out, and the striking juxtaposition of contrasting clay bodies all lead the viewer to experience a primal familiarity with her works -- a recognition. Roux’s works ultimately give us permission to be ourselves.
2016 "La Vie," Solo Exhibition, Sculpturesite Gallery, Glen Ellen, CA
2015 Chapelle de Fitou, Solo Exhibition, Fitou, Aude, France
2014 Printemps des Poètes, Lodève, Hérault, France
2013 Maison Bonnal, Le Somail, Aude, France
2012 "Les 111 Des Arts," l'Hôtel-Dieu de Toulouse, Haute Garonne, France
2011 Le C.L.A.P. Galerie d'Arts, Paraza, Aude, France
2010 Château Haut-Gléon, Villesèque-des-Corbières, Aude, France
2010 "Les grands chemins," en Minervois, France
2010 Potier Laurent, Vendôme, Loir et Cher, France
2009 Art Saint-Roch 5th Édition, Montpellier, Hérault, France
2009 La maison des Arts, Bages, Aude, France
2008 Espace Gibert, Lézignan-Corbières, Aude, France
2007 Les Éditions du Pacifique, Paris, France
2006 Potier Laurent, Vendôme, Loir et Cher, France
2006 Galerie "Phare Sud," Gruissan, Aude, France